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Helpful hints concerning Social Security and Medicare

From Faith Investment Services

Here are some helpful hints from Faith Investment Services concerning Social Security and Medicare.


You don’t have to go to college to make a good living:

Not a cookie-cutter decision for all

By Gary Reese
Faith Investment Services
You don't have to go to college to make a good living. Below are annual salaries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor: 
Web Developer                      
Wind Turbine Tech

Truck Driver               Massage Therapist                 LPN
$45,570                       $45,880                                   $47,050


What if things didn’t turn out as you hoped?

Thinking about your 2018 taxes

By Kathi Dunlap
Faith Investment Services
This scenario plays out all over the world, day after day.  Things didn’t turn out as you had hoped. 

Maybe you tried really hard to master a new skill or information, but didn’t pass the required test.

Maybe you asked a girl out and she turned you down.  Maybe you entered a contest for a cruise, but didn’t get chosen. 

Maybe you simply wanted to get from the office to your car without papers blowing everywhere.  Somewhere along the way, things didn’t turn out as you had hoped.


What you need to know about identity theft

Here are some suggestions that spell out S C A M

This column provided by Faith Investment Services, Bluffton

Fans of “The Office” will appreciate this glimpse into identity theft.  

For most Americans, identity theft is a very real threat and definitely no joke.  The likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft increases in your 50’s – probably because you are reaching a pinnacle financially, before beginning the retirement years. 


Little known facts about Roth IRAs

They have a “hidden secret” that provides a ton of flexibility

While we encourage folks to save long-term for retirement, the Roth IRA has a “hidden secret” that provides a ton of flexibility. When you have had any Roth IRA for a period of 5 years or more, you are able to withdraw the contribution portion (not the gains) without tax or penalty. There are many situations where this can be helpful:


Financial column: Who can deduct?

You still have time to contribute to your traditional and Roth IRAs for 2018

Contributing to your IRA is a wonderful way to save for your future. You still have time to contribute to your traditional and Roth IRAs for the 2018 tax year; even though we have already begun 2019.

Using an IRA, whether it is a traditional or Roth, gives investors the opportunity for tax-deferred growth during the accumulation phase. 

For many, the accumulation phase is from the time they start earning income from a job or career to the time they retire from the workforce.