Can You Have the Retirement You Want?

For many Americans, the answer to the question above remains as intimidating as it is elusive. While the question itself is simple, the answer remains complex, ever-changing, and the cause of much fear and anxiety for those nearing retirement age. So why is this question so fear inducing and difficult to gauge? And more importantly,.. read more →

Maximize your 401K with All Star’s Qualified Plan Advisory Program

For the majority of people, almost 60% of the assets they will use to fund their retirement come from their group retirement plans.  Our client’s situations are very similar, so in addition to investing your non-qualified assets at All Star Financial we believe you need to make these assets as efficient as possible. As a.. read more →

Preparing for Tax Season

As you are gathering information for your 2012 tax return remember that we don’t need all of your information to get a good start on your return. If you are waiting for just a few items, please send in your information now – the earlier the better. We can add the missing pieces later. Not.. read more →

The Fiscal Cliff Deal – (or Half Deal)

Non-stop fiscal cliff negotiations (and media coverage) at year-end finally resulted in a last minute fiscal package by Congress that adds some certainty for investors on tax rates in the coming year.  Spending issues were not addressed, but instead postponed 60 days. We can look forward to another round of Congressional wrangling on spending cuts,.. read more →

Fiscal Cliff, Slope, or Obstacle Course?

The financial media is filled with year-end dire warnings of catastrophic consequences of the U.S. economy falling over the “fiscal cliff”. Could this really happen? It could, but probably not. We and most market watchers are hopeful for a last minute compromise with more details to come in 2013. Is the fiscal cliff real? Yes-.. read more →

Social Security- Interesting Facts & Numbers

Social Security continues to be scrutinized as 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily become increasingly reliant upon the “Social Insurance” program as their primary source of income.  Furthermore as the long-term sustainability of the program remains a popular topic of public debate we wanted to shed some light on fifteen interesting statistics about Social Security as.. read more →

How Bad Is It?

As we expected, the volatility of the market to the downside is testing everyone’s patience. The market continues to go down as the confidence in leadership to get a deal done on our debt situation wanes. Just two months ago it appeared the market liked the idea of a Republican led team as polls favored.. read more →

Weaker Earnings

During the last few weeks S&P 500 companies have been reporting 3rd quarter earnings.  It is now apparent that these earnings will be less than what was originally forecasted just a few weeks ago. Weaker earnings have also shown up in technology sector stocks, which have recently led the stock market and represent some of.. read more →

Climbing the Wall of Worry!

This week is the one year anniversary of the rating downgrade of U.S. government debt. America had AAA rating for over 70 years, and last year’s downgrade brought warnings from many that the interest rates on U.S. government debt would be rise and inflation would begin to rise. Those fears did not come true. Since.. read more →

Deepening Client Relationships

This past year, All Star Financial participated in Fidelity Investment’s Nationwide Benchmarking Study for all independent RIA’s that use their trading platform. This was not the first study we had done, but we found the results this time to be very informative. After going over the results of the study we realized that we had.. read more →