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Build Your Own Tax Cut for 2018

Build your own tax cuts in 2018

The federal income tax cuts that were approved last year contained only modest decreases for average American taxpayers. You can work on your own tax cut for this year by taking some easy steps before the end of December. Here are some suggestions: Max out on your employer retirement plan contribution: You can ask your employer at any time to temporarily increase your contribution. If your regular payroll withholding is not at the maximum level, consider asking for a larger deduction for the rest of the year. Every dollar you put away reduces your 2018 income tax bill. If possible, contribute the maximum. On a 401k plan, you can contribute up to $18,500 this year. If you are age 50 or older, the maximum is $24,500. No 401k? Max the IRA: If you don’t have an employer plan and you qualify for a tax-deductible IRA contribution, try to make the...

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Steven Elwell Talks Advisor Shortages on Schwab Panel

Sitting on a panel of experts that included Charles Schwab's head of Advisor Services, Bernie Clark,  Steven Elwell, CFP® discussed the looming shortage of advisors in the financial services industry.  The panel took place at Schwab's Impact® 2018 annual conference, which attracts over 5,000 advisors, vendors and financial services experts.  Financial Planning Magazine reported on the discussion in this story: Click Here...

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Level Ranked as One of WNY’s Top Financial Planning Firms

Buffalo Business First’s ranking of the largest financial planning firms in Western New York listed Level Financial Advisors 27th out of 54 firms locally. The publication ranks advisory firms based on local assets under management. Level serves 600 households and manages $380M in assets, with the vast majority of its client based in WNY.  The Amherst company employs six CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professionals.  Subscribers to Buffalo Business First can see the full list HERE....

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Level Financial Listed Again in National Ranking for Advisory Firms

Financial Advisor Magazine’s annual ranking of large independent investment advisors listed Level Financial Advisors 470 out of 707 firms nationally, according to the publication’s July edition. Querying thousands of firms throughout the U.S., Level posted  17.5% growth to $360 million in AUM (assets under management), marking the second year in a row the firm posted a +17% growth rate. The firm has continued its 2017 trend with strong results in the first half of 2018. The company achieved a record $380 million in AUM in July. "We continue working our strategic plan, which includes aggressive marketing, development of our CFP® professionals, and innovating our service offering and operations through technology," said the firm's Chief Operating Officer and Partner, Michael Heburn.  "We are constantly looking for new ways to bring value to our clients and it shows in the results our team has achieved over the last three years." FA Magazine  performs the annual survey as...

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VIDEO: Does a Declining Number of Stocks Affect the Size Premium?

Marlena Lee, PhD, Co-Head of Research – Dimensional Fund Advisors

Over the past two decades, the number of US-listed, publicly traded companies has decreased by half.1 There are many theories about what might be driving the change, such as increasing mergers and acquisitions activity, competition from global exchanges for listings, or changes in public policy and the regulatory environment for listed companies.

Historically, small cap stocks have had higher average returns than large cap stocks. This return difference between small cap stocks and large cap stocks is known as the size premium. Investors may wonder whether fewer listed companies might impact the size premium.2 Our latest research shows that, historically, neither the existence nor magnitude of the size premium have been related to the number of listed stocks.3Moreover, we believe investors should continue to expect a positive size premium over the long term.