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Episode # 253 – Do Bonds Still Have a Place in Your Portfolio with Interest Rates This Low?

August 14, 2020

Interest rates are at historic lows.  Today, we discuss managing the bond portion of a diversified portfolio in the current low interest rate environment, that may not have reached bottom yet.  Joining us is Joe Cortese, Senior Consultant at DiMeo Schneider & Associates and member of the Cordasco Financial Network Investment Team. We also analyze indicators that may help us better understand the direction interest rates may be moving in the future.

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Episode #252 – Is Your Pocket Change in Short Supply? Is it Time to Buy Gold? Fascinating Insights from a Former Director of the U.S. Mint

August 6, 2020

Listener questions about the current coin shortage lead us to today’s guest, Philip Diehl 35th Director of the United States Mint, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Treasury Secretary and current President of U.S. Money Reserve.  He helps us understand the reasons for the current shortage and offers insights into how U.S. coin demand and production are managed. In the second half of the podcast, we discuss why owning precious metals, either physical or paper investments, should be considered as part of your portfolio and how economic conditions impact their suitability.

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Episode # 251 – Secrets to Running a Successful Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 31, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on business operations. The restaurant industry continues to be particularly hard hit as requirements for social distancing and outright bans on indoor dining have taken a toll.  Today's guest is Pete Ciarrocchi, owner of the legendary Chickie’s & Pete’s. We discuss ways the pandemic has impacted his company and the restaurant business in general. Pete shares his key strategies for success that even apply under the most adverse business conditions. Learn how drive and a positive attitude can guide anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to success.

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Episode # 250 – Convenience Tax Rule: How Working From Home Could Cost You Money

July 28, 2020

Did you know that working from home could cost you money on your taxes? Our CEO, Steve Cordasco, is joined by Bob Brinker, Founder and Managing Partner of accounting firm Brinker Simpson to discuss this hot topic. Learn more about how you could be impacted by the “Convenience Rule.”

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Episode # 249 – Main Street Lending Program: New Federal Help for Your Small or Midsize Business

July 23, 2020

On today’s podcast, Steve covers Main Street Lending, a new federal program created to help businesses recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. He speaks with Bob Simpson, CPA with the accounting firm of Brinker Simpson. They discuss details of the Main Street program and note the differences between this and previous government efforts to help small and midsize businesses through the current economic strain. 

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Episode # 248 – Jersey Shore Real Estate in the COVID Economy: Making Your Vacation House Your Home

July 17, 2020

The real estate market is a bright spot in the current pandemic economy. In response to several listener questions, I talk with Tommy LePera of the LaPera Team at Berkshire Hathaway - Fox Roach Realtors in Brigantine, NJ, about the strength of the current real estate market along the New Jersey coast.  We look at a very real paradigm shift in how buyers and sellers view today’s market, and why some part-time vacation homes in resort communities are becoming full-time family homes.

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Episode # 247 – New IRS Surveillance Using Facebook, Spy Cams & Cell Phone Records & the Recent Ruling on the President’s Tax Returns

July 12, 2020

Today we focus on taxes and enforcement with my friend and frequent guest, Ian Comisky, attorney and partner at Fox Rothschild.  Ian has more than 35 years of experience representing corporations and individuals in civil and criminal tax litigation.  We discuss and clarify the just-released U.S. Supreme Court rulings involving President Trump’s efforts to keep his personal and business tax returns away from congressional and other governmental investigations. Ian also shares details of a new IRS data analytics unit and the agency’s latest digital surveillance efforts, including their use of Facebook, spy cams and cell phone records to find tax cheats.

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Episode # 246 – Facts: Your Antidote to Wild Economic Predictions

July 9, 2020

This week we’re addressing a listener’s question about one of the many recently publicized doom and gloom predictions concerning the equity market’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. One often quoted pundit says he sees a “1930’s-like market decline.” To help us sort through the dire predictions we so often hear, is Joe Cortese.  Joe is a principal and senior consultant at DiMeo Schneider and Associates, and a member of our investment team at CFN.

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Episode # 245 – How Will November’s Elections Affect Your Financial Future?

July 2, 2020

Many have been asking about how the outcome of November’s presidential and congressional elections will impact the future of our economy and the markets, and how recent government stimulus dollars will impact future tax policy. To get some answers, I’m joined by Chris Edwards, economist and director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute. We discuss how the upcoming election results willimpact our financial future.

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Episode # 244 – 3 Key Strategies Missed by the Do-It-Yourself Investor

June 26, 2020

Steve Cordasco is joined today by CFN’s John Walker to discuss findings released by Vanguard that make a solid case for the added value of working with a financial advisor when compared to do-it-yourself investing. We discuss the three primary quantifiable benefits you can realize by engaging the services of a professional. These key planning strategies can make a significant difference in the growth of your portfolio.  

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