Category Archives: Personal Financial Planning

6 Smart Ways to Make the Best Use of Your Tax Refund

When tax season comes around – one of the most common questions on a taxpayers’ mind is whether they’ll get a tax refund or owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) money. This year, the IRS expects around 150 million individual … Continue reading

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The Top Three Financial Pursuits for 2020

How will your finances change for you this year? There are many paths you can take to reach the peak of your financial goals. A common area of discussion with our clients is managing and living with uncertainty. Financially and … Continue reading

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions originated with the ancient Babylonians about 4,000 years ago. Promises were made to their gods to pay debts and return all borrowed objects. If these promises were kept, they believed their gods would … Continue reading

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Year-End Financial Review: How to Avoid Financial Complacency

It’s that time of the year again, and while you may have had a strong financial year, don’t fall into the financial complacency trap. The U.S. stock market is up with the S&P 500 and Wilshire 5000 recently posting their … Continue reading

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The Financial Stages of Life

Life and money are entwined and it’s important that they are addressed together. Financial planning should be specific to personal financial goals and priorities. Yet there are common areas for most people – three major financial life stages that are … Continue reading

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Four Fundamental Investment Principles in a Down Market

We are currently in the longest U.S. economic expansion in history going on 122 months. We have had 107 consecutive months of job growth and the unemployment rate of 3.7 percent sits around the lowest level since 1969. The stock … Continue reading

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Essential Tips to Boost your Retirement Savings

When planning for retirement, it’s easy to say you will save more money, follow a budget or even invest. Yet, if there is no set plan in place, it can be the perfect procrastination recipe which often leads to financial … Continue reading

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Mid-Year Financial Check Up – Are You in Good Financial Shape?

What are your childhood summertime memories? Some may recall picnics on the beach and spending hours in the water, others reminisce long car rides on family vacations and many remember summer jobs. As we take a break and enjoy the … Continue reading

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Passport? Social Security Cards? Jewelry? The Do’s and Don’ts of Safe Deposit Boxes

Where do I store my gold and silver coins for safekeeping? It often depends on how many coins you have. Imagine you have a stack of 1-ounce American Eagle Coins standing as tall as a sleeve of Ritz Crackers. That … Continue reading

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Retirement Planning Challenges for Age-Gap Relationships

How do you plan retirement for a couple who is 10, 15 or 30 years different in age? Retirement planning is personal – no two couples are alike. However, “May-December” relationships pose unique retirement planning challenges. Most married couples have … Continue reading

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