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Should I Retire in Portland?

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | September 28, 2017

Portland, Oregon is a city that we love to serve. With all the fantastic people, cuisine, and things to do, it’s no wonder so many people are moving to Portland to retire. Portland is perfectly situated one hour’s driving distance from fantastic skiing at Mt. Hood as well as the beautiful sandy beaches of Cannon…

There Are Many Faces Missing on the NFL Gridiron This Year, But For How Long?

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | August 30, 2017

Fall, glorious fall! The kids are going back to school, we’ll soon escape the hot sweaty summer days (that we’ll miss in two weeks), and football is back. In fact this week wraps up the NFL’s pre-season, and next week we’ll head into the first game of the regular season. One thing that’s always interesting…

How Much of My Income Should I Put Towards My Mortgage?

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | August 25, 2017

From Jeff Dixson’s Interview with KXL’s Chris Brown on Wednesday, August 23rd You’d be surprised how often I get the question, “how much of our income should be going towards a mortgage?” Deciding how much of your assets you should allocate to different things isn’t always straight forward. That’s why it’s helpful to have guidelines.…

Three Things a Retiree Must Understand

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | August 10, 2017

In a conversation with a prospective client, some things came up that can serve as a lesson to many retirees and pre-retirees. Let’s call the guy “George”. George had expressed interest in our radio show and had called in. George told me that he’d been with a financial firm for decades. The firm, based in…

Don’t Let “FOMO” Sabotage Your Investment Plan

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | August 2, 2017

The term “FOMO”, which stands for “Fear of Missing Out”, explains the uncomfortable feeling people have when something good is happening that they’re not a part of. With the DOW Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ in the headlines constantly for hitting record highs, many are experiencing FOMO for not participating more in the run up.…

Retirement Risks: Sequence of Returns Risk

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | July 27, 2017

Listen to Jeff Dixson’s interview about this subject with KXL FM 101.1’s Jim Ferretti- Aired 7/26/17 A significant risk facing retirees today that is often overlooked When we’re contributing to our retirement accounts on a consistent basis, we’re making systematic purchases. We buy when the market is up and we buy when the market is…

More Money, More Problems

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | July 21, 2017

Lessons to be learned from Celebrities’ Money Troubles You often hear it said “more money, more problems”. That phrase rings true with many celebrities today. Celebrities are constantly in the public’s eye, and face criticism about how they act, what they wear and how they handle their money. While their extravagant lives can seem unrelatable…

To Index, Or Not To Index, That Is the Question

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | July 13, 2017

In the past decade, there’s been a seismic shift from active to passive management with index funds and ETFs that track the market. With this overwhelming shift from active to passive management, should you hop on the passive investing route, or seek out something more active? The main reason investors have been flinging money into…

Do You Have a Plan For Your Last 8,000 Days?

By Northwest Financial & Tax Solutions | July 6, 2017

We are living longer and spending a longer period of time in retirement than ever before. As medical science has advanced, our year-round access to organic produce has increased and our lives have gotten less physical with technology, people continue to live longer and longer. This increased lifespan has had a profound effect on how…