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Investment & Special Commentary
2nd Quarter 2016: First Aid Kit
By Benton S. Bragg CFP®, CFA®
I just spent a fortune on a first aid kit! Next week I leave town for two weeks with 40 teenagers and 10 brave adults from Boy Scout Troop 58 in Davidson, North Carolina, to go to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national High Adventure Base and the world's largest youth camp. The ranch covers 137,000 acres—about 214 square miles—of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northern New Mexico. Read more
June 2016: President Trump and the Stock Market
June 2016: What's Driving the Decline in Corporate Earnings?
April 2016: The Resilience of the US Economy
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Financial Planning Commentary
Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare
Updated July 2016
by Mary Lou Daly, CFP®, CPA
Each day approximately 10,000 Americans reach the age of 65. While this is cause for celebration, some Americans are finding that the challenges of signing up for Medicare are taking some of the life out of the party. Many are finding that Medicare can be more costly than their current health plan and that there are specific Medicare deadlines that if missed will affect them financially for the rest of their lives. Read more
Qualified Charitable Distributions—What's the Fuss?
See also Medicare IRMAAs
by Phillips M. Bragg, CFP®, AEP®
The Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) allows taxpayers over age 70½ to exclude up to $100,000 from their gross income for gifts given directly to qualified charities from their IRA. A QCD can be used to satisfy all or a portion of the IRA holder's required distribution for that calendar year. Read more
Social Security and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
by George W. Climer III, CFP®
The recently-passed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 eliminates two presumably unintended but popular Social Security claiming strategy loopholes: File-and-Suspend and Restricted Application. However, for a few eligible folks a temporary window remains—a six-month period that began the day Congress passed the new legislation, to be exact. Read more
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Financial Advisor Magazine includes Bragg Financial Advisors as one the top 200 largest RIA firms in the country
Financial Advisor Magazine
July 1, 2016
by Evan Simonoff and Eric Rasmussen
included the Queens Road Small Cap Value fund on a list of the 20 best small-cap mutual funds as of 6/30/2016
June 30, 2016
Learn more about TheStreet Ratings' methodology. Visit Queens Road Funds or download a prospectus.
Raising South Sudan
June 1, 2016
In 2008, Bragg Financial Advisors made a commitment to Raising South Sudan. Now, in 2016, the project has come a long way, and has miles yet to go.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance columnist James K. Glassman includes Queens Road Small Cap Value in discussion of seven small-cap funds.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
June 1, 2016
by James K. Glassman
Visit Queens Road Funds or download a prospectus.
Queens Road Funds on theStreet.com
May 19, 2016
by Gregg Greenberg
Steve Scruggs, Portfolio Manager for the Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund, was in New York last month and caught up with Gregg Greenberg of theStreet.com for an interview. Click here
for a prospectus.
Right Moves for Youth
May 6, 2016
Team "Bragging Rights" participated in the Right Moves for Youth Twilight 5K on May 6th.
Wing Haven Gardens
May 1, 2016
Bragg Financial celebrated the end of tax season by enjoying lunch at Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary. Wing Haven is a hidden jewel…
Bragg Financial Teaches School
April 23, 2016
Bragg Financial Advisors provided free financial planning advice to CMS teachers and taught financial planning concepts to elementary and high school students during national Money Smart Week.
The Wall Street Journal includes the Queens Road Small Cap Value fund as a Category King.
The Wall Street Journal
April 1, 2016
The Wall Street Journal included the Queens Road Small Cap Value fund in its Category Kings listing of the ten best-performing funds in the small value category for the previous twelve-month period ending 03/31/16. Visit Queens Road Funds or download a prospectus.