I Did the Math

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA My son went surfing several times off the Narragansett Beach on the Rhode Island Shore this year.  He went with a couple of his buddies for the day. They would rent surfboards and then go out all day. Recently he told … Read more

5 Reasons to Fund a 529 College Savings Plan

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA 1) College is Expensive Financing a college education today can be a big challenge.  Having written some checks for college I find it handy to have a cold six pack close by. According to the College Board, the average tuition … Read more

Things are More Expensive When You Pay For Them Yourself

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA We never gave our children an allowance when they were growing up.  I had an allowance when I was a kid.  Unfortunately for me my dad tied what I could get for an allowance to my grades.  He would say, … Read more

“It’s Not About the Money”

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Don’t you just love it when a Major League athlete signs a huge contract with a new team and says, “It’s not about the money.” Bull Just to be clear: It’s always about the money!   Don’t get me wrong … Read more

4 Things Every Investor Can Control

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Investors can easily get distracted these days.  Hop in the car on the way to work, turn on the radio and get updates on the stock market futures. Check your online portfolio at work during your lunch break.  Perhaps you … Read more

Control Your Destiny

  This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA When reviewing their investment portfolios, investors frequently focus on the wrong item—the rate of return. Where should you start? You should center your attention on the areas that are under your control. The Amount of Money Saved The amount of money … Read more

7 Easy Year End Tax Saving Steps for Connecticut Taxpayers

  1) Fund a CHET 529 College Savings Plan   529 College Savings Plans are an effective way to save for a child’s or grandchild’s education.  The State of Connecticut allows Connecticut Taxpayers to fund a Connecticut Higher Education Trust (“CHET”) 529 College Savings Plan and take a State Income Tax Deduction.  Married couples filing a … Read more

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

This is one of the all-time classic lines in the movies. Captain Quint, Police Chief Brody and Hooper are out looking for the Great White Shark in the move Jaws. After the Great White attacks the Orca, Brody turns to Quint and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” What does this have to do … Read more