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Taxes Are the Golf Balls of Personal Finance

For the professional golfer, hitting your ball into the water has its price: It can be embarrassing. The internet is littered with stories and images of PGA Tour players dropping their trousers to take swings at errant, but playable, shots that have landed in hazard areas. It can cost you a tournament. Greg Norman, the

Financial Lingua Franca

For anyone new to investing (and even for those who are not so new) the financial terminology used by investment professionals can be unfamiliar and a bit confusing. When you sit down with an advisor to discuss your investment portfolio, there are several words and phrases that are likely to arise.

How To Get Your Children To Own Their Financial Future

I am often asked how to raise a financially literate child. It seems easy enough, right? We help them with some terminology, coach them to have financial discipline and teach them about the stock market. With a combination of an allowance and a lecture about frugality we send them on their way into life on the path to financial freedom. But like so many other aspects of raising a high functioning human, we learn that it does not work like we thought.

How Parsec Monitors Investment Securities

Parsec invests in a variety of securities for its clients. These may include mutual funds, exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), and individual stocks, among others. All of these investments can and do experience significant price pullbacks from time to time. While Parsec’s research committee focuses on investments it can hold for the long-term and performs significant due diligence before adding any new positions, price declines still happen. In this article we will discuss how we monitor investment securities and our process when a stock or fund does not perform as expected.

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Swinging and Investing Despite Overconfidence Bias

If you’re a bogey golfer, you’ve probably had your share of three putts (and sometimes four), but I’m willing to bet you haven’t experienced anything like what happened to Dustin Johnson at the 2015 U.S. Open.

What Are RMDs and QCDs?

I joined Parsec last November, and one of the big workstreams underway was Parsec advisors working with their clients on their required minimum distributions (RMDs) since the CARES Act waived 2020 RMDs for all IRAs (including inherited IRAs) and tax deferred accounts (SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, 401k, 403b and Government 457b plans). Should clients defer

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