In the news this week was an announcement by Domino’s Pizza that they would begin demoing automatic pizza delivery by a self-driving car.  This isn’t the first time that a company has teased autonomous delivery—Amazon has been working on delivery drones for years—nor is it even the first pizza shop to “debut” something like this—Pizza Hut tried…

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Of all our clients, there are only a few who do not have at least one IRA account. Of the many that do, few of the IRAs are the same. Some have traditional IRAs and some have Roth IRAs. Some have Simple and some have SEP. All IRAs. Some could have a Beneficiary IRA and…

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Two weeks ago, Emily celebrated her five-year anniversary with the company. We’re blessed to have a staff of young, caring, and hard-working folks at Franklin Retirement. Emily has been a great addition to our company and continues to master more parts of our business. As we were celebrating her anniversary, it dawned on me that…

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Who else is tired of reading about COVID? I know I’m tired of writing about it, but unless you guys want me delving into politics (and I’m pretty sure none of us wants that to happen… on either side of this newsletter) I think we’ll keep it light. As light as you can get when…

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Many of our younger clients continually ask Kyle, Rob, and me whether Social Security will still be around when they come of age. My standard answer is “yes” and I explain that older folks vote in high numbers so the politicians aren’t going to make major changes in a short time frame. Yes, they will…

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It looks like we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccination numbers are up, weekly case numbers are down… if we all play this right, we just might have a semi-normal 2022. And we’re starting to see an end to winter, too. While tomorrow is technically the first day of…

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If you would have told me thirty years ago that I would actively be seeking out a place to give me a shot—a shot with no guarantee of a lollipop or sheet of stickers as a reward, no less!—I would have called you crazy. And yet, here we are in the midst of a pandemic,…

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The vaccine scramble continues. What I’m hearing from our clients is that many already have at least one shot in the arm. Those who have not yet gotten the vaccine are working hard to get their shots as quickly as possible. I had my first shot a few weeks back and I’m looking forward to…

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Did you buy a new car last year? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Car sales tanked last year by nearly 15% year-over-year last year. But, guess what? Dealership profits were UP by almost 50%. Why? A combination of factors that would make any Econ professor salivate. Briefly, the factors impacting the car market last…

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With anything unfortunate in life, there are dreadful details that have to be handled. But you can also look for the silver lining. So in amongst all the bad things surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic—the small, irritable bad things and the very large, very life-altering bad things—you can still find a silver lining. Mr. Rogers had…

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