I usually write my weekly digest on either Saturday or Sunday, so it is ready to go out on Monday morning.  Obviously, with what happened Friday night in Syria, the talking heads in the investment world have not published any opinions about how this action may affect world equity markets.  So, the articles selected were from last week’s new feeds that I follow.  I will keep you posted on what I see and hear.

My good friend and business associate, Charlie Stoll, wrote a book about the possibility that 80% of your estate may go against the wishes of your last will and testament.  The article about the challenges your kids will face really brings this out.  Part of becoming a client of our firm is the review of all important documents and insurance coverages to help with making sure your estate goes where you intend it to go.  The article about the challenges may help.  And, we are here to help as well.

Since a lot of us are getting our medical insurance through Medicare, I thought the article about how to save money on health insurance while in retirement may be helpful.  In 2018, there was a 2% raise in Social Security benefits, but, when you factored in the increase in health insurance premiums, the net spendable from SS actually went down.  I hope this article helps too.

Even though I would be considered a cave man when it comes to technology, I do believe it will help us with solve some of the world’s biggest problems.  Just a simple car radio speaker and what might be happening, is another indicator on where our world is heading.  The eye phone is a little over 11 years old and look where we’ve come in those 11+ years.  Technology will not solve all our problems but, it’s certainly going to help.

Finally, I will be watching the equity markets and the reaction to the latest news in the middle east and will keep you posted.  In spite of all that is going on, I hope you have a super week.

Doug Alden

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