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Make 529 plan contributions before the year end!

by Gregory Schaffer on Dec 7, 2018

529 Plans
If you're a new York State taxpayer and a 529 plan account owner, you may be able to deduct up to $5,000 ($10,000 if you're married filing jointly) of your Direct Plan contributions when you file your state income taxes. Please consult your tax advisor. You must make a contribution before the end of a given calendar year for it to be deductible for that calendar year. If you send your contribution by U.S. mail and it's postmarked on or before December 31, we'll treat your contribution as having been made in the year in which it was sent.

Bonds have risk that you should be aware of

by Gregory Schaffer on Aug 31, 2018


Changes in the economy and interest rates can have a big impact on your fixed-income portfolio. As interest rates rise, bond fund values become less and vice-versa. Also the longer the duration of the bond, the more volatile this concept is so in a rising interest rate environment, it is wise to keep your bond as low as possible to avoid losing principal. Your financial advisor can help you build a portfolio that’s right for you based on your goals and how much risk you’re comfortable with taking.

Rising Interest Rates Slows Housing Market!

by Gregory Schaffer on May 25, 2018

Real Estate

Mortgage Rates RISING!!!

Home sales are slowing, could be rising mortgage rates or low housing inventory but all asset classes have cycles and housing will in my opinion slow down with rates rising regardless.

The past week, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased from 4.61% to 4.66%, the highest level since May 2011, mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday. The rate is up from 3.95% at the start of the year and a recent low of 3.78% last September.