Charitable Deductions by State

January 3, 2019Wambolt Team
Originally written by Erica York for the Tax Foundation As 2018 closed earlier this week, many Americans were considering making last minute, end-of-year charitable donations. While the new tax law contains many changes that will impact these decisions, we can look at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data to gauge how much Americans have deducted for...
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“Simplifly” Your Boxes: Top 20 Colorado Trout Patterns

January 1, 2019Wambolt Team
The following content is part of our Fly of the Month Club. This article is written by Tom Caprio of 5280 Angler Similar to the way some investments have a proven track record of performance year in, year out, there are flies that produce fish time and time again. The financial world is full of variables,...
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Shelby McGuire joins Wambolt team as Wealth Management Advisor

December 27, 2018Wambolt Team
We are pleased to announce that Shelby McGuire has joined our talented team of professionals as a Wealth Management Advisor. “We are very excited to have Shelby on the team,” said Jeff Wambolt, Chief Operations Officer. “Shelby’s genuinely engaging approach creates a rewarding experience for her clients and colleagues.” Shelby has seven years of experience serving...
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Oil prices fall fast: What does it mean?

December 20, 2018Wambolt Team
Oil prices dropped fast in recent weeks, driven largely by fears of growing U.S. output and weaker global demand. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has resolved to cut output in 2019 in an effort to stabilize oil prices. Global oil prices declined sharply in November, with the domestic benchmark (WTI) falling 22% for the month, the single...
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Take a bite out of your tax bill with tax-efficient solutions

December 18, 2018Greg Wambolt
Creating a comprehensive, tax efficient wealth portfolio is an active exercise that happens year-round.  Tax matters, especially for high-net-worth individuals who could see as much or more than 40% of their estate whittled away by estate taxes without careful forethought. As we approach year-end, it’s a good time to consider the many ways there are...
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Analysts weigh in on market pullback: Stick to your game plan

December 14, 2018Wambolt Team
Many analysts generally link recent market jitters to uncertainty surrounding trade, Fed rate hikes, and global growth prospects into 2019. Of these, the “business cycle is one of the most important drivers of investment performance” (Guggenheim). According to Earnings Insight, analysts see single-digit earnings growth for the first three quarters of 2019, signaling a slowdown...
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Social security payments bumped up for 2019; long-term view less healthy

December 11, 2018Wambolt Team
Social Security recipients are due to receive the largest increase in benefits in seven years. For many recipients, however, the increase in payments will go towards higher Medicare costs. As of September 2018, over 67.6 million Americans currently receive Social Security benefit payments. More than one in four of the adult population in the U.S....
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Strong U.S. dollar impacts economy unevenly

December 6, 2018Cindy Alvarez
The U.S. dollar is appreciating in value, a trend seen happening in the background of soundbites around trade tensions, tax cuts, and earnings projections. While we may not readily see the value of the dollar edging one direction or the other, we can identify the indirect effect in many different aspects of our economy. Where...
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Today is Colorado Gives Day! Do some good with your RMD

December 4, 2018Cindy Alvarez
Doing good feels (even) better with a tax write-off. We have a recommendation for you this holiday season. Individuals that exceed the 70-½ age threshold are required by the IRS to take minimum distributions (RMDs) from their traditional IRAs, which have been growing tax-free since inception. The IRS will take a percentage of the investment...
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