March 2010 Trendline Financial Monthly

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Trendline Financial Monthly
  March 2010
 Hi Everyone
By now you should have filed that tax return and are thinking what to do with the refund. Answer – PAY DOWN DEBT. Check the current interest rates you are paying on those credit cards – they are staggering, 16% – 24%.
Interest rates are going to rise, just a question of when. The Federal Reserve has been giving advance notice that it will happen, though maybe not until later this year. Most disturbing are reports I read showing people are piling their money into Bond Funds, presumably for safety. Remember, bond funds get hurt during periods of rising interest rates. Time to again review your asset allocation. We are here to assist if want help in your review.
 Peter Owen

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Ask the Experts: What is the “SEPP” exception to the premature distribution tax?
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Trendline Financial  Solutions is a Financial Planner Firm offering Financial Planning and Investment Management with offices in Southold, Great Neck  and West Hempstead, NY, convenient to Garden City, Rockville Centre, Floral Park, Manhassett, Roslyn



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