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Teaching Kids about Money from Childhood Through Adulthood

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Teaching Kids about Money from Childhood Through Adulthood

Teaching kids about money is especially complex – you aren’t just passing on a few bucks to go to the movies, but an array of attitudes, values and assumptions regardless of whether you mean to. Your kids watch, in a way not even they are aware of, how you interact with finance and how you model it for them. 

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Roth Conversions and Tax-Loss Harvesting: 2 Strategies to Leverage in a Down Market

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Roth Conversions and Tax-Loss Harvesting: 2 Strategies to Leverage in a Down Market

You’ll be tempted to make rash decisions, and if panic rules the day, you’ll likely regret your choices. As any wise financial advisor will counsel you, it’s important to think long-term. Lean into your financial plan, not away from it.

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Coronavirus and the Markets Q&A: 5 Industry-Leading Voices on the Magnitude of the Downturn, What Investors Can Do and More

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Coronavirus and the Markets Q&A: 5 Industry-Leading Voices on the Magnitude of the Downturn, What Investors Can Do and More

We put together a roundtable discussion of investment experts across financial disciplines to give us some insight on the current markets. This group represents decades of experience in the fields of investment management and financial research and strategy.

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Coronavirus and the Market: Don’t Make Short-Term Panic Part of Your Long-Term Investments

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Coronavirus and the Market: Don’t Make Short-Term Panic Part of Your Long-Term Investments

While there is no way to fully predict what will happen next, it’s important to remember the goals of your investment portfolios. Long-term investments face volatility, and to pursue your long-term goals, it’s vital to not overreact to one day, one week or even one month of market movement.

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Answers to 3 Big Questions on Clients’ Minds

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Answers to 3 Big Questions on Clients’ Minds

I like every part of the presentation experience. Meeting the clients is motivating. I enjoy sharing what recently happened in markets, speaking to the current situation, and educating clients about future opportunities and risks. What I enjoy most is answering clients’ questions.

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How a Donor-Advised Fund Can Help Your Charitable Giving

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How a Donor-Advised Fund Can Help Your Charitable Giving

Giving is an important part of our society. It provides us the opportunity to support causes we believe in and make a positive impact. Giving isn’t always about donating money. It can also include volunteering time or donating goods and resources. Here are some examples of the impact:

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SECURE Act Can Negatively Affect Estate Plans

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SECURE Act Can Negatively Affect Estate Plans

Most people know by now that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act – gotta love government acronyms – has some major changes to IRA rules.  One, moving the Required Minimum Distribution (“RMD”) age to 72 from 70 ½, is helpful.

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How to Use a Trust as a Financial Planning Tool

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How to Use a Trust as a Financial Planning Tool

Clients frequently ask whether they should leave their assets in a trust. It depends. Of course, if your net worth exceeds $11 million, putting your assets in specific types of trusts can be helpful for federal estate tax issues. However, for most Americans, federal estate taxes will not be a major concern.

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Indexed Universal Life Doesn’t Work the Way You Think It Does

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Indexed Universal Life Doesn’t Work the Way You Think It Does

Even for those clients familiar with Indexed Universal Life insurance policies, most don’t truly understand how they work. Sure, they understand that premiums paid into the policy are added to the cash value and then the cash value is credited based on the performance of the chosen index (or indexes).

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How Your Employee Benefits Fit into Your Financial Plan

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How Your Employee Benefits Fit into Your Financial Plan

Your Health Savings Account (HSA) is a cornerstone of your benefits planning. The money is triple tax-advantaged – contributions, growth and withdrawals for qualified expenses are not taxed. This account is like nothing else, and you need to take full advantage of it. 

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