Happy Holidays from Sharkey, Howes & Javer

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Now that the post-Thanksgiving coma has faded and the year is coming to an end, the team here at Sharkey, Howes & Javer would like to be the first to wish you happy holidays.

However you celebrate, we hope you have safe travels, stay warm, and wish you peace and joy this holiday season.

Our office will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas, and on December 31st and January 1st for the New Year to let our team spend time with their families. We will be back in the office on January 2nd, refreshed and renewed, to help start your new year off on the right foot.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sharkey, Howes & Javer

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Thanksgiving is upon us again! As we all take time to reflect on the things we appreciate, we would like to extend a very special thank you to each and every one of you: our wonderful clients.

Whether you’re staying close to home or leaving town for the holiday, we hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends with lots of smiles, laughter, and great food to go around.

In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd, and Friday, November 23rd. We’ll be hard at work for you again on Monday the 26th.

Keeping with tradition, here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving that you can share around the table this year:

  • About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving every year (source)
  • Thanksgiving was originally meant to be a fast, not a feast (source)
  • Only male turkeys gobble. The sound that a female turkey makes is called a cackle (source)
  • A single can of jellied cranberries contains around 200 cranberries (source)
  • If you have any last minute questions about your turkey, Butterball has your back with their Turkey Talk Line (source)
  • Thanksgiving Day football games are almost as old as Thanksgiving itself (source)

Happy Thanksgiving from Sharkey, Howes & Javer

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Each Thanksgiving we take a moment to reflect on how thankful we are for all the blessings in our lives, from our health and our families to life’s simple pleasures: a fresh cup of coffee, our favorite songs playing on the radio, and a good piece of chocolate. Of course, we could never forget about our amazing clients. We’d like to take this chance to say a special thank you for the trust that you place in us, the stories you share, and the relationships we form. We’re humbled and proud to know and work with you, and it’s our goal every day to do the very best that we can for you.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

To celebrate the holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th. We’ll be excited to be back at work for you again on Monday, November 27th.

Here are a few fun facts about Thanksgiving to share with your friends and family:

  • The first TV dinners were made by Tyson using leftover Thanksgiving turkey. (Source)
  • Even though the first Thanksgiving was in 1621, it wasn’t an official national holiday until 1863 – 242 years later! (Source)
  • We have Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, to thank for campaigning for 36 years to make sure our favorite day of eating was recognized. (Source)
  • The lucky recipient of the President’s annual turkey pardon gets a pretty cool vacation out of the deal as well, including past destinations like Disneyland, Disney World, and Mount Vernon. (Source)
  • Black Friday isn’t just the biggest shopping day of the year, it’s also the busiest day of the year for plumbers. (Source)
  • Turkey isn’t to blame for making you sleepy; a big, carb-heavy meal is more likely the culprit. (Source)

The Economics of Presidency: A Look Back

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The Economics of a Presidency | Sharkey, Howes & Javer Financial Blog

Happy President’s Day! Each presidency comes with its fair share of champions and naysayers and we all know the numbers can be interpreted to support both sides of the aisle.

We’re celebrating this President’s Day with a look at various economic statistics during each President’s term since Eisenhower (1953 – 1961) as most data wasn’t consistently tracked before then. Enjoy the look back!

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New Year, New Goals: Evaluate Your Finances and Make a Plan for 2017

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2016 has been a whirlwind of a year, but hopefully not on your finances. Life changes and with it come new expenses or new financial goals. It’s important to regularly check in on your finances to ensure you are staying on track. What better time than the new year?

Here are 5 things to review as we move into 2017:

Income and expenses

The key to managing a spending plan is knowing how much money is coming in and how much is going out. As we head into the new year, review your pay stubs, earnings reports and other sources of income and crunch some numbers. Once you’ve figured out your income, do the same with your expenses.

Try out an online budget tool or use online banking to automatically categorize your expenses so you can see where you are spending the most. Pull up your budget from last year to see what may have changed and adjust as needed. Remember to be realistic about how much you will spend, not how much you want to spend.

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Holiday Spending Hangover

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Many people may experience a spiked eggnog hangover during the holiday season, but do you also find yourself with a spending hangover? That nagging feeling that you may have spent too much on gifts for your loved ones but you aren’t really sure how much you should have spent?

According to a recent survey by T. Rowe Price, you are not alone. Of the participants surveyed, 64% “spent more over the holidays than [they] should have”. And women are not the only ones doing the holiday shopping. “Men are more likely than women to try to get everything on their kids’ lists (60% vs. 45%).” The holiday spending hangover is increasing as well. Of the participants surveyed, 69% spent the same amount, a little bit more, or a lot more than last year.

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Taking a Moment to Reflect on What We Are Grateful For

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As Thanksgiving approaches we like to take a moment to reflect on all of the things we have to be grateful for. When we asked the team what they are grateful for, Joel’s response encapsulated how all of us at SH&J feel, “I am grateful for clients who trust us to manage their portfolios.”

From all of us, thank you for your trust in us. We are so grateful for you!

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Happy Fourth of July from Sharkey, Howes & Javer

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SH&J Wishes America a Happy 240th Birthday

The team at Sharkey, Howes and Javer wish you a happy Fourth of July. We hope you enjoy the ball games, cook-outs and fireworks often associated with celebrating our independence. Please, take a moment to remember those who have fought for our country and the freedoms we enjoy.

In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.

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Presidents Day: Fascinating Facts About 10 Past Presidents

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For many, Presidents Day is simply a three-day-weekend. For others it is another day at the office. Presidents Day was first known as “Washington’s Birthday” and was established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington’s birthday. After the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the day became commonly known as Presidents day. (source)

Join us today in learning a few facts about some of our former presidents:

George Washington (1st President 1789-1797)

George Washington’s estate was worth about $780,000 when he died which was about 0.19% of the nation’s GDP at that time. In 2014, his estate would have been worth about $34 billion in today’s dollars. (source)

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2015 in Review: The Best of the Blog

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2016 sign

Reminder: SH&J is closed at 12:00 p.m. on December 31 and all day on January 1 to allow our team to celebrate the New Year.

It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over and 2016 is about to begin. We have been steadily blogging and thought it would be fun to end the year by sharing our most popular blog posts and series. Feel free to share your favorites as well as what you’d like to see on our blog in 2016 in the comments below.

10. 2015 Medical Advocacy Event

As healthcare continues to change, having a partner to advocate for your care and the care of your loved ones is more important than ever. If you were unable to attend our event in the Spring, we highly recommend watching the video. Watch Now>

9. 10 Ways to Show Your Money Some Love

Although it was written around Valentine’s Day, the tips apply all year long. From saving to looking for tax free options, this post is well worth a second look. Read Now> 

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