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EconomyAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: Move it out or keep it in?

The most common way for people to save for retirement is through their 401(k) or 403(b) plan. Most of you reading this know the drill — you meet with the plan advisor one or two times a year. The advisor tells you how your mutual funds have performed and uses software to tell you how much more you need to save to meet your retirement income goals. Then the advisor will ask, “Would you like to make any changes?” By changes, the advisor means “Would you like to reallocate into a different mutual fund or invest more each pay period?” And that is it! You have been advised.
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Joe Clark column: Preparing for pivotal days

Over the years as I have written this column, I try to have a theme, and because it is Mother’s Day, the theme of this week’s article is “Pivotal Days.” As a mother and a father, one of the most pivotal days in a parent’s life is when a child is born — life changes at that very moment. When planning for retirement, there are a few pivotal days or ages that you need to keep in mind that I will discuss.
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Big Joe Clark column: Inflation — don’t forget to plan for it

As children, many of us feared the monsters that hide in the shadows or under our beds. And while such fears are usually relegated to humorous memories by adulthood, new anxieties often arise — like planning for retirement. The nagging worry about “what’s missing” in our retirement plans can be...
BusinessAnderson Herald Bulletin

Big Joe Clark column: Inflation — don’t forget to plan for it

As children, many of us feared the monsters that hide in the shadows or under our beds. And while such fears are usually relegated to humorous memories by adulthood, new anxieties often arise — like planning for retirement. The nagging worry about “what’s missing” in our retirement plans can be...
EconomyAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: Start your retirement journey with a single step

Any journey begins with a single step. Those words are particularly applicable to the retirement planning process. Unless we inherit wealth, most of us begin the retirement savings journey with a very modest sum. Although the terms “saving” and “investing” are often used interchangeably, these words have different meanings. “Saving”...
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Joe Clark

WILMINGTON—Joe Clark, 74, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Salem Village in Joliet. Born March 1, 1947 in Joliet, Joseph John was a son of Edmund Peter and Marsha (Hundley) Clarke. He was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1965. Joe made a career out of his love of cars and worked as a service manager for Lombardi and Community car dealerships in Wilmington, Rub Chevy in Dwight and Rub Ford in Gardner, from where he retired in 2012. To know Joe was to know a kind, loving and caring man.
EconomyWashington Times-Herald

Joe Clark column: Take special care with Special Needs trusts

Trust discussions are robust in meaningful relationships, and they should be. A “trust” of any nature is a document that expresses your wants, hopes and desires while you are alive and after your passing. Just as you have trust in a relationship, trusting your document and those with responsibilities in the trust are crucial to obtaining your objectives.
Personal FinanceAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: Take special care with Special Needs trusts

Trust discussions are robust in meaningful relationships, and they should be. A "trust" of any nature is a document that expresses your wants, hopes and desires while you are alive and after your passing. Just as you have trust in a relationship, trusting your document and those with responsibilities in the trust are crucial to obtaining your objectives.
MarketsWashington Times-Herald

Joe Clark column: Taking the emotion out of financial decisions

Emotions are part of life. Our decisions or reactions to events are often directed by emotions. You experience joy when a child is born and anger in the moment when that child does something that frustrates you. People avoid swimming in the ocean over fear of rare events like a...
MarketsAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: Taking the emotion out of financial decisions

Emotions are part of life. Our decisions or reactions to events are often directed by emotions. You experience joy when a child is born and anger in the moment when that child does something that frustrates you. People avoid swimming in the ocean over fear of rare events like a...
MarketsAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: From mirage to barrage: Bonds have rough start to 2021

This year begins as the worst start to a bond year in nearly a decade. According to Adam Harter, CFA and Chief Investment Officer at the Financial Enhancement Group, “2013 was a doozy for bond owners, and this year is so far on pace to well outdo the Taper Tantrum’s damage to bond indices that year.”
JobsAnderson Herald Bulletin

Big Joe Clark: Practice can prepare you for retirement

Growing up, we all can remember either a parent or coach repeating the famous words, “Practice makes perfect.” Or, “Better to be prepared.” And although these words were easy to mock in our youth, they have aged well. They have aged so well we now pass the same phrases down to our children. With that said, let’s not just forget that practice can still apply to us and our retirement.
Income TaxAnderson Herald Bulletin

Joe Clark column: Deferral one of most challenging tax decisions

You are on a financial journey. That trip will consist of complex decisions. One of the most challenging issues is determining whether to pay taxes today or defer taxation to a later day. No one wants to pay more taxes today, so the default is to delay the tax expense until later in life. But first, let’s consider a few things.
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Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film ‘Lean on Me,’ dies

ABOVE PHOTO: Eastside High School Principal Joe Clark is pictured at a rally by student supporters in Paterson, N.J. Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on Me,” died at his Florida home on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, after a long battle with an unspecified illness, his family said in statement. He was 82. (AP Photo/Peter Cannata, File)
Essex County, NJNew Jersey Globe

The O’Toole Chronicles: A Tribute to Joe Clark

We recently witnessed the sad passing of Joe Clark. Some may remember Joe as the bull horn using, bat carrying, principal from Eastside High School in Paterson. In the 1980s movie, Lean on Me, Joe was famously portrayed by Morgan Freeman. Some say that there was more than just a small resemblance between the movie and the life of Joe Clark. I met Joe in real life many times and can verify that he was larger than life.
MoviesNew Pittsburgh Courier

Former Eastside High principal and the inspiration behind the 1989 Film “Lean on Me”, Joe Clark, dead at 82.

Joe Clark, the former principal of Paterson New Jersey, Eastside High, and the inspiration behind the 1989 film, “Lean on Me,” has died at 82 from an undisclosed illness. Joe Clark, a retired Army Drill Sergeant, played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “Lean on Me,” was widely known for carrying a bull horn in one hand and a baseball bat in the other. In a 1989 appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show, Clark said both the bullhorn and the baseball bat was symbolic.