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SECURE Act 2.0 – What Employers Need to Know

On December 29, 2022, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, also known as the SECURE Act 2.0 (the 2.0 Act), which includes several changes that impact employers, employees, and workplace retirement plans in general. The 2.0 Act includes at least 90 changes to retirement plans, so we thought it would … Continued

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Educational Seminars Offered through Means Wealth Management

Means Educational Seminar Offerings

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Prioritizing and Planning for a Successful 2023

By:  Jamie Stone, Chief Planning Officer “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” —Abraham Lincoln As we begin a New Year, many of us have a desire to accomplish or do certain things during the year ahead. These “resolutions” can come fast … Continued

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Perspectives 2022/2023

Check out our 2022/2023 Perspectives!

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Year-End Giving

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means it is a great time to think about your end of year tasks, including charitable giving. There are a number of strategies that can be employed to help you accomplish your charitable giving goals while also ensuring you are giving … Continued

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A Rough Year

There is a lot of fear in the stock market and the world right now. Since I started my career here in 2009, this is the most pessimistic I have seen clients, other advisors, economists and talking heads. No doubt, there are a lot of concerning things happening, so I … Continued

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Maine’s New Property Tax Stabilization Program

In August 2022, a new Maine law took effect: LD 290 “An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes for Individuals 65 Years of Age or Older Who Own a Homestead for at Least 10 Years,” also known as “The Property Tax Stabilization Program.” The goal of this program is to help … Continued

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Retirement Cash Reserves and Buckets – Strategies to Improve Retirement Distribution Planning

By: Jamie Stone, Chief Planning Officer “Do I have enough?” This is probably the most frequent question I’ve received from clients over my career. And my clients aren’t unique. This is a common, and probably the most frequent, concern people have with their financial plan, as illustrated in the chart … Continued

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Welcome David Means!

We could not think of a better way to celebrate our Chairman, Paul Means’, 50th year at the Firm than by welcoming his eldest son, David G. Means, to the Firm! Dave joins Means Wealth as a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, bringing over 15 years of experience in … Continued

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A Year of Change

At this point, you likely have heard of the term “The Great Resignation”, which refers to the sudden surge in workers leaving their jobs in 2021 and 2022. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of resignations (also known as “quits”) rose to a high of 4.5 … Continued

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What’s Your Perspective?

By: Jamie Stone, Chief Planning Officer “…you know what I’m craving? A little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some fresh, clear, well-seasoned perspective.” – Anton Ego (Ratatouille). As the father of three young boys, most of my cultural references these days are from some sort of children’s programming. But I … Continued

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2022 Volatility and The Long View

“All past declines look like an opportunity, all future declines look like a risk” —Morgan Housel To say 2022 has been a difficult year for the stock market would be an understatement. As of its close on Friday, May 6th, the S&P 500 index was down 14% from its all-time … Continued

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