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Fees or Foes

Published by Scott Kubie Recently, a fee-only financial advisor mentioned to me that more clients are proposing to manage more of their own assets and invest in the “S&P 500.” For most who go down this path, this move will likely end badly. These investors, while seeking to avoid wealth management fees, are ignoring the value their advisor brings to them as well as the current market environment.

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July Monthly Newsletter – Midyear Financial Checkup

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July Monthly Newsletter – Midyear Financial Checkup

Six months ago, many Americans set realistic and achievable financial resolutions for 2017. Now that we’ve crossed the halfway point of 2017, it’s time for a financial checkup. Much like your biannual dentist appointment, it’s important to track your progress to determine if changes need to be made to your plan to achieve your financial goals and resolutions.

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How to Avoid the Top 3 Financial Fears in Retirement

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How to Avoid the Top 3 Financial Fears in Retirement

You’ve worked hard for your money and during your retirement years, you want to have confidence that you can enjoy it. However, many retirees have common concerns as they move from asset accumulation to asset preservation. “Am I spending too much?” “Have I set aside enough for long-term care?” “Will I outlive my assets?” These are all questions many retirees think about.

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Three Reasons to Consider Active Management

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Three Reasons to Consider Active Management

Published by Brett Carson Trends are pervasive in our culture, and the investment world is no different. The latest is the move towards passive investing using low-cost ETFs. Essentially, the argument is that nobody can consistently beat the overall market, so you’re better off owning a cheap index fund with the aim of just keeping pace with it.

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What is goals-based planning?

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What is goals-based planning?

The first step to goals-based planning is to sit back, relax and day-dream. Or, break out a bottle of wine and sit with your partner and just talk about what you see your life looking like in the future. Ask yourself, “What is it that I really want?”

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June Monthly Newsletter – “Supercharged” Charitable Giving with Retirement Assets

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June Monthly Newsletter – “Supercharged” Charitable Giving with Retirement Assets

Many people are charitably inclined and take advantage of charitable giving during their life. Most people know that as a general rule you can deduct up to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income annually for charitable gifts to qualified organizations[1] – quite a significant tax advantage you can use to reduce your annual income for tax planning purposes.

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The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

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The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

The famous stock market axiom, “it’s the bus you don’t see that hits you”, nicely underpins the reasons behind maintaining a diversified portfolio. The stark reality of investing is that there are unknowable landmines. Even though investment managers and analysts spend hundreds of hours scouring financial reports, talking to management, interviewing competitors and digging deep into a company’s prospects, there is always the possibility of an unpleasant surprise.

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May Monthly Newsletter – Estate Planning for Digital Assets: 4 Steps to Ensure Your Assets are Protected

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May Monthly Newsletter – Estate Planning for Digital Assets: 4 Steps to Ensure Your Assets are Protected

Estate planning has become more difficult with the introduction of technology into every aspect of an individual’s life. Years ago, people filed away bank books, stock certificates, financial statements and most other important documents in a filing cabinet or a safety deposit box.

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How to Set up a Trust

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How to Set up a Trust

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person called the Settlor or Grantor, and a Trustee is appointed to follow the rules of the trust for management of the trust and its assets for the beneficiaries’ benefit.

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April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

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April Monthly Newsletter: 86% of Americans Are Stressed About Their Finances

A recent, nationwide survey of approximately 1,000 adults found that 86% of those surveyed indicated they are experiencing stress relating to their finances.[1]  Why is this important? According to that same survey, nearly half of those who indicated they are experiencing financial stress believe their stress hinders their ability to make financial decisions.

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