Category Archives: Planning Tips and Goals

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, Part 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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End-of-year Financial Checklist, Part 1

Fall is a busy time at home and in the office. You’re wrapping up the quarter at work, preparing for the holidays and ensuring your home is ready for the upcoming winter season. It’s also time to get serious with … Continue reading

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Capture Financial Gains, or Prepare for Stormy Weather?

What do you do when you get conflicting advice? There are two choices when the sun is shining. One person remembers the saying as “you build an ark when the sun shines.” Another says no, the saying is “make hay … Continue reading

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Mine, Yours and Ours: Guidance for Unmarried Couples on Joint Banking Accounts, Co-Signing Loans and Buying a House

Unmarried couples face unique money issues and financial planning opportunities. For example, how do you own your assets?  There’s a shared joy from living together and a temptation to own things “together.” There are going to be expenses – some … Continue reading

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Top 5 Favorite Online Financial Tools and Their Limits

Imagine you’re being shipped to a deserted tropical island. What one item would you take? Now ask a thousand people the same question. We’d face similar conditions but would choose different things. Some would go for survival – drinking water, … Continue reading

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