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  • Trends in the ETF Market

    In recent months, there has been a recent movement out of actively managed investments into passively managed instruments such as exchange-traded funds. Globally, ETFs gained more than $270 billion in 2016.1 An ETF is a single investment vehicle that tracks all of the securities within an index, a commodity, bonds or a group of assetsRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – April 17, 2017

    ­­­­­­ The Ricks Report April 17, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance TAX DATA – The top one-tenth of 1% of US taxpayers (based upon adjusted gross income) paid more federal income tax ($273 billion) during tax year 2014 (the latest year that tax information has been released) than the federal income tax paid ($182 billion) byRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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Gregory Ricks & Associates

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Gregory Ricks & Associates

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Gregory Ricks & Associates

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Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – April 10, 2017

    ­­­­­­The Ricks Report April 10, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance WHAT’S IMPORTANT – 54% of 4,200 American workers surveyed would switch jobs for a better retirement plan (source: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies). REMOVES AN INCENTIVE FOR BANKS TO LEND – The +1% that the Federal Reserve currently pays to banks on the $2.185 trillion ofRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – April

    ­­­­­The Ricks Report April 3, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance GRAYING POPULATION – 15% of the US population today is age 65 or older, approximately 1 out of every 7 Americans.  By the year 2047 (i.e., 30 years from now), 22% of the US population will be age 65 or older, approximately 2 out of everyRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • Winning at Life: John Georges

    Winning at Life with Gregory Ricks welcomes business mogul John Georges to get his take on the new administration, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, and if he may throw his hat back into the political ring.

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  • The Ricks Report – March 28, 2017

    ­­­­­ The Ricks Report March 27, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance TWICE AS MANY – There were 404 operating oil rigs in the United States (on land and offshore) as of 5/27/16. There were 809 operating oil rigs in the United States as of last Friday 3/24/17.  Thus, the number of working rigs has doubled inRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • Beware of Schemes During Tax Season

    It’s tax season! Every year, around this time, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes its dirty dozen – a list of scams criminals use to try and ferret out personal information and/or steal money.1 For example, if you received an email from a top executive in your company or organization requesting data from IRS formRead More >>

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  • The Ricks Report – March 20, 2017

    ­­­­The Ricks Report March 20, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance DEFICITS – The CBO estimates that the AHCA would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the next 10 years, largely from reduced Medicaid outlays and from the elimination of ACA tax credits (source: CBO). COST ESTIMATES – The CBO projects that AHCA average premiums willRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – March 13, 2017

    ­­­ The Ricks Report March 13, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance DISCRETIONARY VS. MANDATORY – Over the next decade (fiscal years 2018-2027), estimated discretionary spending by the US government will total $13 trillion, an amount that is dwarfed by the government’s $34 trillion of projected mandatory spending (source: Office of Management and Budget). GAP IN COVERAGERead More >>

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  • The Ricks Report – March 6, 2017

    ­­­ The Ricks Report March 6, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance ALMOST TWENTY TRILLION – The national debt of the United States is reported 5 days a week and is calculated to the penny. The national debt first exceeded $19 trillion on 1/29/16 and subsequently passed $19.9 trillion on 11/22/16.  Outstanding debt peaked at $19.977 trillionRead More >>

  • Smart Retirement Planning Takes More than Saying I Do

    By GREGORY RICKS, Founder and CEO | Gregory Ricks & Associates March 2017 Couples need healthy communication to be on the same page, and women have a vital role to play in the process. When couples plan their retirement, they should take into account a simple fact of life: On average, women live longer than men. ARead More >>

  • March 2017 Newsletter

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  • The Ricks Report – February 27, 2017

    ­­The Ricks Report February 27, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance S. DEBT HOLDERS – The Federal Reserve owned more Treasury securities at the end of 2016 ($2.46 trillion) than Japan ($1.09 trillion) and China ($1.06 trillion) combined (source: Treasury Department). DO I REALLY NEED IT? – Only 36% of all jobs in the United States requireRead More >>

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  • The Ricks Report – February 21, 2017

    ­ The Ricks Report February 21, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance FEWER CHOICES – There were 1.65 million existing homes for sale nationwide as of 12/31/16, a total that has dropped 460,000 in the last 6 months. The 1.65 million “for sales” is the lowest level ever reported for a statistic tracked since 1999 (source: NationalRead More >>

  • The Ricks Report – February 13, 2017

    ­ The Ricks Report February 13, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance NOT QUITE FREE TRADE – The United States exported more goods and services in calendar year 2016 to the United Kingdom and Japan ($119 billion of combined exports) than we exported to China ($116 billion). The population of China (1.39 billion people) is 7 timesRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • February 2017 Newsletter

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  • The Ricks Report – February 6, 2017

    ­ The Ricks Report February 6, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance RENTERS SOAR – The 109.6 million households in the United States on 12/31/06 were split between 75.4 million owners and 2 million renters. The 118.6 million households in the United States on 12/31/16 were split between 75.6 million owners and 43.0 million renters (source: CensusRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • Helping Make Your Retirement Money Last

    For every five years longer a retiree lives, he or she spends about 15 percent less on average. This means that people in their 70s spend about half of what they do in their 50s. Even with the ramp-up in medical expenses that often comes later in life, retirees still tend to spend less asRead More >>

  • The Ricks Report – January 30, 2017

    The Ricks Report January 30, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance DOUBLE-DOUBLE – The national debt increased +37% during Bill Clinton’s 8 years as US president, reaching $5.7 trillion as of 1/20/01. The national debt increased +86% during George W. Bush’s 8 years as US president, reaching $10.6 trillion as of 1/20/09.  The national debt increased +88%Read More >>

  • The Ricks Report – January

    ­ The Ricks Report January 23, 2017   Numbers of $ignificance YOU ARE REPLACEABLE – Although just 5% of occupations consist of activities that are 100% automatable, i.e., they could be replaced entirely by technology or robots, 60% of all occupations have at least 30% of their daily activities that are automatable (source: McKinsey GlobalRead More >>

  • The Ricks Report – January 17, 2017

    The Ricks Report January 17, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance FEWER COLLEGE STUDENTS – There were 0 million college students during the fall of 2016 (both undergrads and grad students), the 5th consecutive year (2012-2016) that the total number of students has declined on a year-over-year basis (source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center).                    MOST EVERRead More >>

  • A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

    If you were to create a list of Americans who’ve had great influence on our country during the past 100 years, it would not be complete without the name Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While he’s best remembered for fighting for civil rights for African Americans, Dr. King also adhered to the idea revolutions canRead More >>

  • 7 Resolutions for Your IRA for 2017

      A new year brings a fresh start and a chance to do things better. You probably have a few resolutions for 2017. You may be planning to eat healthier, get more exercise, or stick to a budget. As you are making your resolutions for the new year, don’t overlook your IRA. Here are aRead More >>

  • The Ricks Report – January 9, 2017

    ­ The Ricks Report January 9, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance STRONGER DOLLAR, WEAKER EURO – 19 of 28 economists (68%) polled in late December 2016 believe that the Euro will “hit parity” with the US dollar during 2017, i.e., 1 Euro will equal 1 US dollar, the result of rising US domestic interest rates. TheRead More >>

  • January 2017 Newsletter

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  • The Ricks Report – January 3, 2017

    The Ricks Report January 3, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance HOUSING – The average interest rate nationwide on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 4.32% at the end of 2016. The record low national average was 3.31% as of 11/22/12 or just over 4 years ago (source: Freddie Mac). OIL PRICES – The price of oilRead More >>

  • How Do You Celebrate the New Year?

    From early Babylonians to present-day Americans, people have been celebrating the beginning of every New Year for almost four thousand years!1 Here are a few ways people celebrate the holiday in the United States:2 61 percent of American adults say a prayer on New Year’s Eve 44 percent plan to kiss someone at midnight 22Read More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – September 26, 2016

    The Ricks Report September 26, 2016 Numbers of $ignificance DOUBLE-DOUBLE – Fiscal year 2017 (10/01/16 to 9/30/17) begins this Saturday. The US government is projecting outlays of $4.073 trillion for the upcoming 12 month period.  Outlays have grown from $1 trillion in 1987 to $2 trillion in 2002 to a projected $4 trillion in 2017Read More >>

  • Gregory Ricks Trains Hundreds at National Conference

    Gregory Ricks Presenter Press Release   Local Financial Professional Gregory Ricks Trains Hundreds at National Conference Ricks hosted some of the nation’s top financial professionals  at The Journey: Dallas For Immediate Release:                                                                                         Media Contact: 9/26/2016                                        Read More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – September 19, 2016

    The Ricks Report September 19, 2016 Numbers of $ignificance THEY EXTRAPOLATE – The government surveyed 95,000 American households to compile the “household income” statistic, or less than 0.1% of the nation’s 3 million households (source: Census Bureau). MORE THAN TEN BILLION A DAY – With less than 2 weeks remaining in fiscal year 2016 (i.e.,Read More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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  • The Ricks Report – September 12, 2016

    The Ricks Report September 12, 2016 Numbers of $ignificance HIGH AND LOW – 45% of the tax returns filed in tax year 2014 reported adjusted gross income (AGI) less than $30,000. 4% of the tax returns filed reported AGI of at least $200,000 (source: Internal Revenue Service).   DOLLARS IN, DOLLARS OUT – Chicago has moreRead More >>

  • The Ricks Report – September 6, 2016

    The Ricks Report September 6, 2016 Numbers of $ignificance ENOUGH? – Just 1 in 7 workers surveyed (14%) have accumulated retirement assets of at least $250,000 not counting the value of their primary residence or the present value of any pension plan they have (source: EBRI). RARELY – The Fed has raised rates between SeptemberRead More >>

Gregory Ricks & Associates

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Gregory Ricks & Associates

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