Category Archives: Planning Tips and Goals

Seven Savvy Gift Ideas for College Graduates

Every generation brings something unique, but this graduating class is very different. They are the last of the Millennials and eclipse prior generations in size, education level and diversity. Most live in urban centers, shun time-honored institutions such as political … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Your Finances

Every time a season changes, there are thoughts and plans to change things in your life. Clean the house, the yard, or start something new. Perhaps a new start you can consider this season is spring cleaning your finances. Here … Continue reading

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Build Your Wealth with Real Estate

Is it buy low and sell high? Or buy high and sell low? Steel industry pioneer Andrew Carnegie said, “Ninety percent of all millionaires became so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than in … Continue reading

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If you track your heart health — why not track your financial health? Here are five tips.

Health professionals say we’re going to die of one of two reasons – accident or chronic illness. Our job is to move those markers out as far as possible by making positive lifestyle changes – buckle up, eat right and … Continue reading

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Pink Hearts, Red Roses and…Financial Security. Love Is In the Air This Valentine’s Day.

Pink hearts, red roses and chocolates – love is in the air. The National Retail Federation is projecting that consumers will spend a record $20 billion on gifts this year. On average, $162 is spent per person, and the shopping … 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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Get an Early Jump on Charitable Giving

Were Americans as generous with their charitable giving in 2018? A record $410 billion dollars was given by individuals in 2017, according to Giving USA. Two factors may reduce giving: the recent income tax cuts and a rough-and-tumble December for investors. However, … Continue reading

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A Guiding Angel’s New Year’s Resolutions

The finer things in life tend to take time. Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life” was released in the winter of 1946. It would take almost three decades before it became a classic. Senior angel: “A man down on … Continue reading

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Yes, Even Celebrities Make Estate Planning Mistakes

Americans are drawn to celebrities. We read about their lives, gossip about their deeds and ogle their pictures. Perhaps it is admiration of glamour, fascination with royalty or learning their tricks of the trade. However, celebrities often make the same … Continue reading

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End-of-year financial checklist, pt. 2

Vincent Price’s rap at the beginning of Thriller was a warning: “Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand …” October certainly has been a spooky month for some investors. Nevertheless, fall is time to wrap … Continue reading

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