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Thinking of Buying a Fixed Annuity? Ask These Questions First

By GRA News Blog | July 3, 2020 |

Of all the types of annuities out there, a fixed annuity is the one that’s most straightforward. Is it the one that’s right for you? by: Ken Nuss Fixed-rate annuities are popular because of their guarantees, simplicity and higher rates than most competing products. A fixed-rate annuity — also known as a multi-year guaranteed annuity —…

How to Take Advantage of Tax Reform Before Year's End

By Gregory Ricks | December 27, 2017

by: Jude Heath CPA 6 tax savings ideas to consider before year’s end 1. Pay your 2018 property taxes early If your state and local taxes will be greater than $10,000, pay the excess by December 31st, leaving $10,000 to deduct in 2018. 2. Make an extra mortgage payment Make your January mortgage payment in…

The Ricks Report – January 8, 2018

By Gregory Ricks | December 14, 2017

The Ricks Report January 8, 2018   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $  NOT EXACTLY – USA Today writer Kelly Kennedy predicted in a 5/22/13 article that “market forces and an impetus to attract younger, healthier people into the insurance market will help keep health insurance premiums lower as the Affordable Care Act takes effect on 1/01/14”…

Winning at Life: Gary in Gautier: What's your thoughts on day trading?

By Gregory Ricks | December 6, 2017

Gary leaves a question for Gregory Ricks on the Winning at Life app asking for his thoughts on how to get started day trading. Gregory explains why he’s not a big fan of day trading, and warns about the pitfalls.

The Ricks Report – December 4, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | December 5, 2017

The Ricks Report December 4, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $   BACK TO BOOM LEVELS – The median sales price of existing homes sold nationally in October 2017 is 108% of the median sales price of existing homes sold nationally in June 2007, the latter date being the peak of the real estate boom.  Sale…

12-02-17 Winning at Life with Gregory Ricks

By Gregory Ricks | December 5, 2017

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RMD Quiz – How Well Do You Know the Rules?

By Gregory Ricks | November 29, 2017

  If you have an IRA, you should realize that what goes in must come out. In other words, your tax deferral will not last forever. Eventually, Uncle Sam will want his share. When you reach retirement age, required minimum distributions (RMDs) will kick in. Are you prepared? Take our RMD quiz and see how…

The Ricks Report – November 27, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | November 29, 2017

The Ricks Report November 27, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE $  STILL THE AMERICAN DREAM? – The national homeownership rate in the USA as of 9/30/17 was 63.9%, down from a peak of 69.2% as of 12/31/04.  Every 1 percentage point reduction in the home-ownership rate represents 1.2 million households that have changed from homeowner…

The Ricks Report – November 13, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | November 15, 2017

The Ricks Report November 13, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE  $   INCREASE EVERYONE – Individual income taxes paid by American taxpayers would have to increase by +42% in order to eliminate our $666 billion deficit from fiscal year 2017 (source: Treasury Department).  $   COMPLETE CYCLE – The jobless rate in the United States was 5.0%…

The Ricks Report – November 6, 2017

By Gregory Ricks | November 13, 2017

The Ricks Report November 6, 2017   NUMBERS OF $IGNIFICANCE MORE AND MORE RENTERS – The 111.4 million households that existed in the United States on 9/30/09 were split between 75.3 million owners and 1 million renters. The 119.1 million households in the United States on 9/30/17 were split between 76.2 million owners and 42.9…

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