What Happened to GameStop?

on February 1, 2021

If you listen to the business news at all, you heard about last week’s wild ride of several stocks including GameStop. What happened? In this clip from my podcast, “Ask Peggy Doviak About Your Finances” (on iTunes and Castbox), I unpack the behavior of the hedge funds and Reddit investors. It’s a remarkable series of…

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Creating a More Prosperous 2021!

on January 1, 2021

I don’t know about you, but I stayed up until midnight to make sure 2020 ended! Here’s to a better 2021. Most of our New Year’s resolutions changed last year. Saving money became washing our hands. Funding our 401k plans became staying six feet apart. For some, staying safe, keeping a roof over their heads…

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Excited About the Social Security Tax Holiday? Not So Fast!

on September 17, 2020

Late this summer, a Presidential Memorandum gave employers the ability to postpone Social Security tax payments between September 1 through December 31, 2020. Before you get too excited with your larger paycheck, you need to remember a few things: The action is not like a stimulus check or the forgivable Payroll Protection Program. The deferred…

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

on July 14, 2020

Every year, my husband and I raise vegetables. With everything strange this summer, our garden is a reminder that soil, sun, and water are constants. Of course, it’s up to us to put in the work. Did you know that planting a vegetable garden has a lot in common with creating an investment portfolio? Let…

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What Do I Do if I Lose My Job?

on June 14, 2020

Losing your job can be incredibly stressful, especially if the events were out of your control. However, if you panic, you may not take steps that can improve your financial stability. The following tips are designed to help give you some direction. COVID-19 has led to many new government programs designed to provide you with…

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Who Are You Wearing? Making Your Finances Oscar Ready!

on February 9, 2020

Nothing is more glamorous than the red carpet at the Academy Awards. People in the know say this year’s fashion will be focusing on puffy sleeves, whimsical tulle, and color! Of course, every celebrity can’t wear every fashion, and it’s up to the designer to select what will make the star look the most glamorous….

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Stretch IRAs Snapped Back Under the SECURE Act

on January 24, 2020

Savvy estate plans just lost a popular tool for managing the tax liability of inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The SECURE Act, which became law at the end of 2019, changed many rules around retirement contributions and withdrawals. Prior to the Act’s passage, when beneficiaries inherited an IRA, they had the ability to take their…

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Why Do We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?

on December 29, 2019

Especially if you live in the south, black-eyed peas are always part of the meal on January 1st. We eat them for prosperity in the coming year. The origins of eating black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s is somewhat unclear. However, we know the practice goes back as far as 500 A.D. when they…

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Being Thankful

on November 14, 2019

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it has little stress. It doesn’t come with an expectation of presents, and it focuses on food! Even though the Thanksgiving Day Parade ends with Santa’s arrival in Times Square, more employers are giving employees the day off and beginning the crazy holiday season after midnight. The…

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Term or Whole Life Insurance?

on September 6, 2019

Have you ever heard the financial phrase, “Buy term and invest the difference?” It’s a common saying, and sometimes, it’s great advice. However, like all financial issues, the decision is a little more complicated than it might look. Let’s start by reviewing the advice. The recommendation is to purchase term life insurance rather than whole…

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