Holding Hands

Presidential Election Prompts Spike in Markets' 'Fear Index'

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, also known as the “fear index” of U.S. markets, has jumped 65 percent in the past two weeks. This coincides with the...

Posted: Nov 06, 2016

University Colleagues

How Will 2017 Payroll Tax Increase Affect Professors?

Many professors reading this blog post will be paying more than $500 more in Social Security payroll tax in 2017, thanks to action announced earlier this month by the Social Security Administration...

Posted: Oct 31, 2016

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Scott Kornstedt Gives Back to Specialty Health Care Center

Two days after their daughter was born in March 2013, Scott and Carrie Kornstedt received some unnerving news. A routine blood test revealed Raegan has a condition known as...

Posted: Oct 19, 2016

Portfolio Review

How Much Inheritance Will University Professors' Heirs Lose to Taxes?

Hillary Clinton wants to increase it. Donald Trump wants to abolish it. Based on the dialogue from the second Presidential debate, that’s what we know about the presidential candidates’...

Posted: Oct 17, 2016

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Why Your Part B Medicare Premiums Are Likely to Increase

Premiums for Part B Medicare coverage are likely to increase significantly in 2017, and wealthier Americans will see a substantially greater increase than the majority of beneficiaries. Individuals earning between...

Posted: Oct 03, 2016

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Universities Sued Over Retirement Plans' Oversight

Why You Should Care Several prominent universities are facing allegations that they failed to meet their fiduciary duties in the management of their staff and faculty's retirement plans.  Lawsuits filed...

Posted: Aug 29, 2016

University Library

Northwestern University Retirement Plan Deadline Looms

Investment options in the Northwestern University staff and faculty retirement plans will change beginning July 27, 2016. It’s critical for employees to be aware of some of the important...

Posted: Jul 20, 2016

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Emory Employees Now Have Paid Parental Leave

Emory University staff members have a new employee benefit, effective June 1, 2016. The new parental leave policy offers three weeks of paid leave to new parents who experience...

Posted: Jul 05, 2016

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EU Referendum Result: How it Affects Our Clients

The Brexit vote to leave the European Union has important implications for Filbrandt & Company’s investment positions in foreign mutual funds.  First, we think the long-term impact will only...

Posted: Jun 23, 2016