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Like pulling teeth: Scrutinize your bills

By Joel Dresang
I’ll spare you the details of my misadventures with dental billing. The bottom line: Review your account statements regularly, and speak up about anything amiss. Considering all your effort to earn, save and invest money, you owe it to yourself to scrutinize how it’s spent. […]

Withdrawals required on inherited IRAs

The Internal Revenue Service has clarified how it will tax individuals who inherited traditional IRAs in 2020 or later, though it is forgiving those who haven’t complied with its new rules in 2021 and 2022. “It is complicated,” said Art Rothschild, who advises affected individuals to see a qualified tax professional. […]

Over the river and through the Fed

By Kyle Tetting
If anything taught me directions growing up, it was the countless trips to visit family around the holidays. With one exception, I tended to have a good sense of where we were going and how to get there. As we survey the economic landscape entering another holiday season, there’s an interesting parallel between my formative years and the current environment. […]

Investor upsides as interest rates rise

As interest rates have been rising, investors have seen the values of their bond holdings shrink. In a MONEY TALK VIDEO, Kendall Bauer points out some of the upsides of the rising rate environment. He spoke with Kyle Tetting as part of the 2022 Investment Outlook Video. […]

Money Talk Quiz, December 2022

Multiple-choice questions test your knowledge of what investment advisors have been discussing during the Money Talk Podcast. Answers include links to more information so you can learn even more. […]

Learning to embrace the next phase

After more than 25 years at Landaas & Company, Brian Kilb is retiring. Here is a message he sent to his clients announcing his move. We share it in its entirety not only to pass along the news but to relate the wisdom of his sentiments. […]

Inflation can cut both ways for retirees

By Joel Dresang
The good news about the highest inflation in 40 years is generous benefits boosts to retirees and those saving for retirement. Both Social Security and the IRS are adjusting allowances in 2023 that should help tens of millions of Americans. […]

The Fed: What investors should know

The Federal Reserve Board is the world’s most influential central bank, yet most investors know little about its mission or its tools. Dave Sandstrom explains in a MONEY TALK VIDEO with Kyle Tetting. […]

What We’re Reading

Recent articles and reports circulating among Landaas & Company investment advisors include perspectives on the global economic outlook, the possible impact of midterm elections on long-term investors and the Fed’s history with trying to avoid recession while fighting inflation. […]

Revisit balance: Gain from Powell’s “pain”

By Kyle Tetting
The 2022 Jackson Hole Economic Symposium left a mark on investors. With inflation raging, the annual roundup in Wyoming, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, offered little new information. But one word in particular captured investors’ attention. […]

Plan now for year-end investment moves

A special Money Talk Podcast explores how investors can help themselves now with year-end transactions and paperwork by having conversations with their advisors about such concerns as capital gains and losses, charitable giving and estate planning. […]

Money Talk Quiz, September 2022

The September quiz includes references to Money Talk Podcast discussions about an investment category more diverse than stocks, how the pandemic has distorted indicators and a way that student loan forgiveness might benefit the U.S. economy. Answers include links to more information. […]

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