Tax Efficient Strategies for Your 2018 Charitable Giving

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, many taxpayers may not itemize deductions in the future.  Therefore, the benefit of deductions of smaller charitable donations you may have had in the past, could end up being eliminated under the new rules with the doubling of the standard deduction and removal of many other itemized deductions.
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An Easy Way to Check Your Future Social Security Benefits

Do you know how much your monthly Social Security check will be when you retire?
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Why 529 College Plans Are Becoming More Popular

The nation’s most popular college savings plan is about to become even more so. The popularity of the 529 college savings plan is likely to increase because the new federal tax legislation expands the ways that the accounts may be used.
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Quarterly Market Review Fourth Quarter 2017

To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios.

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin...
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Changes to Social Security for 2018

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2018 will be 2%, the biggest increase since 2012. The adjustment is based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017.

The SSA...
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Quarterly Market Review Third Quarter 2017

Quit Monkeying Around!

In the world of investment management, there is an oft-discussed idea that blindfolded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average portfolio constructed by...
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A Client-Centric Approach

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The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017: What It May Mean for You

After prolonged negotiations between both houses of Congress, significant federal tax reform was signed into law by the President in the final week of 2017. What began as a Republican‐led blueprint for a simplified tax system in late 2016 became a 500+ page bill in its final form. The new tax laws will affect the vast majority of individuals and businesses through revised tax rates, as well as some noteworthy changes to deductions.
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Tax-Efficient Investing: It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep

The beat goes on for the second longest bull market in history.  For the eighth consecutive quarter, the S&P 500 Index notched a positive return.  Small U.S.
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Interest Rates on the Rise: What Does This Mean for the Stock Market?

The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised interest rates for the second time this year.  The Fed’s policy-setting committee raised the interest rate at which banks lend overnight funds to other banks by 0.25% to a range of 1.00% to 1.25%.  The markets were widely anticipating the increase, with the move signaling Fed optimism about the overall health of the U.S. economy.  While indications of an improving economic landscape are usually celebrated by Wall Street, many investors continue to worry about the effects of future interest rate hikes on stocks and bonds.
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Mark Wernig Finalist in San Diego Business Journal’s Veteran and Military Entrepreneur Awards

San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) held their first Veteran and Military Entrepreneur Conference and Awards on October 25, 2017.  SDBJ, in partnership with The Rosie Network, launched this conference to celebrate the veterans and military with an entrepreneur spirit, as well as, acknowledge the impact they have on the San Diego community.  Dowling and Yahnke is proud to announce that Mark Wernig was a finalist for these awards.
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Dowling & Yahnke Named to InvestmentNews' 2017 Best Practices Awards

InvestmentNews named Dowling & Yahnke, LLC a winner of the 2017 Best Practices Awards, an important initiative that recognizes the top-performing and most innovative firms in the financial advice industry.
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Tracy Burgett Promoted to Director of Financial Planning at Dowling & Yahnke, LLC

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, a San Diego-based wealth advisory firm managing over $3.5 billion for more than 1,000 clients, is proud to announce that Tracy Burgett has been promoted to Director
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Seven Ways to Keep Your Data Safe Online

Identity theft and cyber fraud are becoming increasingly prevalent.  Fortunately, there are a few relatively simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.

1. Establish strong passwords

The best practice is to use a longer passphrase that incorporates numbers rather than a single...
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Best Practices for Online Security

Technology is always evolving, and keeping up with security advice can be confusing. The guidance on securing your digital world can appear complex and overwhelming. While the details of how to stay secure may change over time, there are fundamental things you can always do to protect yourself....
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What to Do If Your Email Is Hacked

A hacked e-mail account is more than an annoyance - it can lead to identity theft and financial losses. If a compromise occurs, it is vital to take these timely steps. While we encourage working with a computer professional to evaluate and correct shortcomings, below is a list of corrective and...
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