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When a "Dream College" Isn't So Dreamy

For a few weeks this summer we were once again lucky enough to have Liam Cronan join our office as a summer intern.  Liam has just finished his freshman year in college, he'll be spending the second half of his summer working on a political campaign.  While Liam was here he worked on a number of projects, the most prominent was building the framework of the Investment Expense Analysis tool which many of our clients have already seen the results of.   Liam had a very successful first year of college, from a grades standpoint.  However, he learned that Bentley University was not the right fit for him.  In the guest blog post below he shares his experience in coming to realize that he was at the wrong school, and the process he went through as a transfer applicant.   Almost every high school student who chooses to apply to college...
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Rene Jarquin: SPP Welcomes New Partner

Rene Headshot 4Each decision we make at Single Point starts with the question: “Will this improve the quality of advice, service, and overall experience for our clients?” Never have I been more certain of the answer to that question than when making the decision to bring on our new partner, Rene Jarquin. I am very excited to share the news that Single Point Partners is welcoming Rene Jarquin to the firm as Chief Investment Officer.  Rene is a deep investment thinker who will elevate our cross-asset allocation and research capabilities.  Rene is someone I have worked closely with, and known personally, for over 6 years.   As we explored the possibility of Rene becoming part of the Single Point family, we started with a shared vision of financial advice being a partnership between our clients and us.  We strongly believe that a team approach built with members with unique areas of expertise and...
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Fidelity Trading Costs Reduced

Very good news for our clients with accounts held at Fidelity.  Fidelity has announced that it has reduced trading costs on equity trades (including Exchange Traded Funds) from $7.95 to $4.95 per trade.  As you may know, there are a number of iShares ETFs that trade at no cost on Fidelity's platform as well.     We wanted to make you aware of this change as it impacts many of you (in a positive way).
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MA now offers tax deduction for 529 contributions

If you live in Massachusetts, and are currently utilizing a 529 plan for college savings, you should consider reviewing which plan you are using.   Effective January 1, 2017 through the 2021 tax year, contributions to Massachusetts 529 plans of up to $1,000 per year by an individual, and up to $2,000 per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Massachusetts taxable income.   The catch is you have to use the MA state sponsored plan.  Luckily, this is a good plan managed by Fidelity its called the U.Fund).  They have improved the plan over the years, including lowering fees on the investment options (through the Fidelity Index Funds available in the plan).   Prior to this change in tax law, we helped clients choose the right plan for them based on a number of factors.  This becomes one of the factors in deciding the appropriate plan...
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An Intern's Experience at Single Point

We were very fortunate to have Liam Cronan spend several weeks with us in May as part of his high school senior project.  He was finishing up his senior year at Thayer Academy and will be starting at Bentley University in fall.  He has a great work ethic, quickly completed projects and was eager to help.  It was great to have a fresh perspective on how we can improve our services.  Many of you may have read the informative  blog he wrote on children and money. As part of the project, Liam was required to write about his experience.  We thought it would make for some light summer blog reading: For the better part of the month of May, I had the pleasure of the opportunity to work as an intern at Single Point Partners in Boston.  Single Point was founded in 2012 by Mr. Shaun Erickson, a Bentley college (the school...
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