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Return of the Third Asset Class

Since the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to near zero in 2008, cash has been considered an uninvestible asset class. Prior to the Great Financial Crisis there were three primary asset classes: stocks, bonds, and cash. In 2007 and for most of the 50 years prior, cash in bank CDs or money market funds yielded at least 5%. For the...

Patrick Hanlon’s Leasing v. Buying

Patrick Hanlon is a Certified Financial Planner with Bickling Financial Services (BFS) who has recently authorized this Leasing v. Buying blog which is also available at www.bickling.com.  As children are back in school and schedules are back on track perhaps this article may be a helpful resource to you and your family when contemplating Leasing v. Buying options. Leasing v. Buying Blog “Let me go check with my...

Financial Planning for Young Professionals – Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA By Audrey Keohane, Bickling Financial Services

As a young adult just out of college, I often feel overwhelmed while adjusting to a newly independent way of living. It is hard enough to navigate the emotional side of this that many of us tend to overlook the financial side. With discretionary income coming our way possibly for the first time, it is rare for a young professional...

Our Take on the Eastern European Situation

I didn’t learn anything about the nation of Ukraine when I learned geography in high school. I suspect most of us didn’t. When I was in high school there was no independent nation of Ukraine. From 1950 through 1991, there was only a Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, a part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine Today Ukraine’s land area is about...

How to Maximize your Social Security Benefits

Social Security may seem simple enough, but there are many situations where a clearer understanding of the benefits may earn you possibly thousands extra each year. In this post, I hope to break down the most popular situations in which you may be entitled to more than you thought. Situation 1: Single If you have never been married and never...

Corporate security, privacy, and business continuity

Corporate privacy SS&C Technologies and its Advent and Black Diamond business units understand the importance of preserving the privacy and confidentiality of client and partner data. This bulletin provides notice and guidance to Black Diamond clients about the practices and principles used in the collection, use, maintenance, and release of client information. Read Full Story

BFS Announcement 9/1/20

We have exciting news to share with you! Just as Tom Brady decided to leave the only professional team he has ever played for to start a new journey with a new team, we have decided to leave LPL Financial and join a new team. We have decided to partner with the Institutional arm of Fidelity Investments. We are not...

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance Announces Guidance On CARES Act Implementation

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment has announced new updates to the unemployment assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for those financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Unemployment Assistance is moving swiftly to implement three new public benefit programs comprised of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and...
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