The Lowry Letter®

The Lowry Letter® - 2/24/2021

We’ve established a YouTube channel to provide periodic, short videos on interesting topics. Please subscribe to receive updates and let us know if you have any ideas for future topics.

Our first video, on cryptocurrency, is available here

The Lowry Letter® - 2/17/2021

This is the time of year for tax preparation and we often receive questions about the timing of tax forms. Investment custodians like National Financial Services (NFS) have until February 15th to provide preliminary 1099s showing estimated information for taxable accounts. This is not considered final and you should not file a tax return until the official 1099 is issued. While the final 1099 is often the same, waiting will prevent the need to amend a filed return. Because NFS has received a mailing extension from the IRS, final tax forms will be provided no later than March 15th. Please let us know if you have any questions.

The Lowry Letter® - 2/10/2021

Don’t forget that Sunday is Valentine’s Day! It’s not too late to find a winning way to show appreciation for your significant other. Locals can find something tasty from our @Bearkery friends at theplantshoppe.com.

The major market indices reached new highs this week, moving beyond January’s up-and-down start to the year. You can read more about recent performance in our January Market Recap here.

The Lowry Letter® - 2/3/2021

We enjoyed a very informative presentation on Social Security last week, courtesy of Blackrock. Social Security can be hard to understand and is critically important. We are glad to discuss ideal strategies for your specific situation, especially if you missed the talk.

The Lowry Letter® - 1/27/2021

An abbreviated version this week, as both Joes are visiting clients out of the area. Please remember that tomorrow is our webinar on Social Security, Thursday, January 28th at 4pm Eastern time.

 

If you have any family or friends who would benefit from the information, please feel free to share this invite with them.

The Lowry Letter® - 1/20/2021

We hope you can join us for our next remote event, taking place on Thursday, January 28th at 4pm Eastern time. We will hear from Jennifer Taboada with Blackrock Investments about how to make Social Security a more effective part of your retirement strategy. Jennifer is a member of BlackRock's Advisor Insights team, has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years, and has deep experience creating and presenting educational programs on financial planning topics. Currently, she leads the Social Security Consulting team at BlackRock and serves as a national specialist on financial planning topics including Social Security and Behavioral Finance.

The Lowry Letter® - 1/13/2021

It has been said that the proverb, “May you live in interesting times,” was intended as a curse and not a blessing. Regardless of the intent, here we are.

 

We have some interesting items for you this week and hope you enjoy them!

The Lowry Letter® - 1/6/2021

Welcome to 2021! A New Year is an interesting event. Like the stock market hitting a notable number or reaching a birthday, there is nothing inherently magical or transformative about the milestone outside of the psychological impact.

Fortunately (and sometimes unfortunately) the psychological impact really matters and the opportunity to make resolutions and improve our lives is very welcome.

Our Ask the Joes® has an important item in this area.

The Lowry Letter® - 12/30/2020

The new year is a great opportunity to make changes to improve our lives. If you have any resolutions, we would love to hear them. We are often inspired by the interesting and uplifting things that our clients accomplish.

The Lowry Letter® - 12/23/2020

Last week we held an informative webinar on cybersecurity. We have attached a helpful list of steps you can take to improve the security of your information and your money. This is especially important given how frequently all of us transact business online. If you have any questions or would like to review the material together, just let us know.