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A Financial Scorecard: Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

For many years, it’s been conventional wisdom that children will enjoy a better standard of living than their parents.
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5 Ways to Protect Your ATM Use

You might think it’s perfectly safe to pull money out of ATM machines, but thieves have other ideas.
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Your Odds of Being Audited by the IRS

Tax season is officially over, but the Internal Revenue Service may not be finished with you. There is always the chance that the IRS will audit your returns.
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Quarterly Market Review First Quarter 2018

Sailing with the Tides

Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan, and there’ll be rough seas. But the odds of reaching your destination increase greatly if you are prepared, flexible, patient, and well-advised.

A mistake many...
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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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A Client-Centric Approach

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Long Term Portfolio Planning: How Much Can You Safely Withdraw?


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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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Dowling & Yahnke Expands Financial Planning Department

Kelly and Peggy will be joining Tracy Burgett in providing financial planning strategies including financial goals analysis, estate planning, education planning, tax efficiencies, college savings, social security, and executive compensation for clients.
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Barron’s listed Dale Yahnke in "2018 Top Advisor Rankings: California"

The list is part of a report which Barron’s ran ranking the nation’s top financial advisors by state. Dowling & Yahnke is the highest ranked San Diego firm.
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Dowling & Yahnke Ranked on InvestmentNews’ Largest Fee-Only Registered Investment Advisors

Dowling & Yahnke is listed as #48 of the largest fee-only investment advisor firms measured by discretionary assets under management.
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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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