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Alex LaBrunerie

The year was 1968. It was an election year. The stock market was at a peak. And then the Hong Kong Flu began, eventually claiming over 100,000 lives. Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, takes us back to that time and uses its recovery process to predict the (eventual) recovery process of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. October 19, 2020

If you're a baby boomer, you're also part of what's known as the 'sandwich generation'. This comes about because there's a chance, at this stage in your life, you're taking care of both your elderly parents and your fresh-out-of-college children - and the costs to do so can be "really stressful on the budget," according to today's guest, investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial. September 14, 2020

Investment advisor ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says without question the U.S.'s deficit is "stunning," but now is not the time to talk about paying it back. He says, "it's important to remember this money is going to help stimulate, stabilize our economy until our people can get back to work." August 17, 2020

LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE breaks down the June job numbers, which he calls "progress in the right direction." Alex also follows up on a conversation we had earlier this year about Tesla's stock performance, which is now worth more than legacy companies like Coca-Cola. July 23, 2020

Entrepreneurship is one of three topics we cover today with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, president of LaBrunerie Financial. Specifically, Alex highlights Elon Musk's efforts to bring Tesla to the forefront of the automobile industry in terms of net worth - surpassing powerhouses like Ford and General Motors - in a relatively short amount of time. Find out why, despite being valued at over 100 billion dollars, Alex says you may not want to jump on the Tesla bandwagon. March 27, 2020

If you're hesitant about saving money, as many people are - whether short-term or long-term - ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says next week will be the week to put your fears aside and take part in what the Consumer Federation of America is calling 'America Saves Week'! February 21, 2020

What's new in 2020? Well, as 2019 was wrapping up, Congress passed the 'SECURE Act', a provision of which moved the required minimum distribution (RMD) withdrawal age of 70 1/2 to 72! ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, tells us what that means for your IRA and your workplace 401K. January 23, 2020

If you're over the age of 55, ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says the IRS will let you contribute additional amounts to your tax-sheltered savings using a 'catch-up provision'. "Age has its benefits!" What that amount will be in 2020 remains to be seen. December 20, 2019

The end of the year is fast approaching. LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE says if you want to make a QCD using your RMD, you can take it from your IRA, tax-free! Confused? Click the play button to decode Alex's alphabet soup of investing. November 22, 2019

There's been a lot of chatter recently about the federal government lowering interest rates to zero. As appealing as that might sound - borrowing money for free - ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, says actually what would probably happen, among other things, is an increase in fees so that your bank still makes a profit. October 3, 2019

LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE wants to see parents encourage their children to start saving today! It's all about those early decades, he says, because people are living into their 90s and that costs money. So what are you supposed to invest in? Alex shares some ideas. May 31, 2019

Investing in the stock market in your later years can be tricky. For example, if you're 70 years old and you're deriving income from your portfolio, take your age from 100 and use that number as the percent to be in stocks. ALEX LaBRUNERIE from LaBrunerie Financial says it's not a perfect system, but it "tends to make one more conservative." April 1, 2019

It's no secret that the 2018 stock market closed out in the red. As of late, things are headed in the right direction, but what does that mean for your investments? LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LaBRUNERIE says to think long term. "Even though there is reason to be concerned and anxious about contemporary times, long-term portfolios (10+ years) often do well for people." February 6, 2019

"As investors, we tend to bid stocks up historically in January." -- ALEX LaBRUNERIE, LaBrunerie Financial, on what's known as the 'Santa Claus effect', where corporations take an optimistic look at the year ahead following the holiday season. December 26, 2018

We're taking a trip back to simpler times when the Sears catalog was what Amazon is today. Will the online giant succumb to the same fate as Sears has one day? ALEX LABRUNERIE, Labrunerie Financial, shares his thoughts. November 1, 2018

How does one trillion dollars size up around the world? ALEX LaBRUNERIE put things into perspective as Apple becomes the first company anywhere to reach that historic number. August 23, 2018

Tariffs. ALEX LaBRUNERIE tells us that they're generally viewed as a negative. He says tariffs can be very unpredictable when governments assign them based on politics. So what does it all really mean? Should you be worried? Does any good come out of these political "fights"? We've got some answers that will hopefully put your concerns to rest. July 5, 2018

Afraid of the stock market, but want to invest for the long run? Alex says the first thing to do is define a "long run." The number of years your investment needs in order to grow (before you withdraw it as income) should factor into your risk tolerance. Great tips, insights and more from today's guest, LaBrunerie Financial president ALEX LABRUNERIE. April 25, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about three important financial topics: the new tax reform law and the changes it makes to the MOST 529 plan; how to make the most of the new tax bill by investing in the banking sector; and should you put real money into virtual money? Alex shares his thoughts - watch! January 26, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of Labrunerie Financial, about several end-of-the-year, money-saving ideas that will hopefully make the most of your 2017 investments. And if you're trying to shop for that hard-to-shop-for child or grandchild, Alex suggests putting money in the the MOST plan, Missouri's 529 college savings plan -- it grows tax free! November 22, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President of LaBrunerie Financial, about the types of tax-free charitable contributions you should make before the end of the year. (Don't wait until January 1!) Also, Alex shares his thoughts on saving for long-term care. September 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits ALEX LaBRUNERIE, President, LaBrunerie Financial, about saving money. If you think it's too early to start saving for retirement, you're wrong! Alex suggests that as much as ten percent of your salary should go into savings - even if you're young and not making much money because, as he puts it, "you are rich in time." Other topics we cover include: long-term care, hedge funds and reverse mortgages. July 7, 2017