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The 4 Pitfalls of No Plan

There are some things in life you just can’t plan for: an unexpected illness, job loss, death of spouse, disability…While these major events can impact your life, having an effective game plan can help ensure that it doesn’t ruin your financial well-being. Read more

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What eight years in the nonprofit world taught me about generosity

By Nik Aamlid, Wealth Advisor

There’s an interesting paradox that I’ve discovered over the years: “You give more, you get more.” Read more

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Improving The Traditionally Allocated Portfolio

Published by Tyler Schlumpf

We’re going to introduce a few mathematical concepts in this article that are crucial to building a portfolio. For those that are already moving their cursor up to the X in the right hand corner, just stick with it! These concepts, whether we choose to learn them or not, have a significant impact on the way we combine investments and are important to understand as we discuss portfolio construction. Read more

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4 Simple Steps to Creating an Estate Plan

Published by Beth Schanou, JD

Most of the time, it feels like life is moving at the speed of light. I often feel my entire day, both at home and at the office, is spent in fast forward mode. As if it’s a race to get done as much as possible, I’m running from one thing to the next, all day long, and making sure every household member is fed, cared for, and attends school and their activities. Of course this includes the four-legged members of the family too. Read more

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MY STORY: WHY I BECAME A FINANCIAL ADVISOR

By Kevin Engbers, CFP® Wealth Advisor

The early 80’s was an exciting time for an aspiring entrepreneur and newlywed.   Just young enough to possess all the answers. Read more

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What’s Your Custom Fit?

By Nik Aamlid, Wealth Advisor

They say I have a face for radio, but about a year ago my big TV break came. Our local golf retailer was getting ready to film their custom fitting commercial and asked me to be a part of it. Read more

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4 Easy Ways to Diversify Your Investments

Published By Jake Bleicher, Equity Analyst

The benefit diversified investments has for a portfolio is simple, in theory. It reduces the impact any individual investment has on the portfolio, and proper diversification can help mitigate losses during a market downturn. In practice however, portfolios can become a large hodgepodge of various assets rather than a methodical allocation. The key is to reduce the correlation between assets so that they generally perform independent of one another. Read more

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5 Reasons It’s Important to Set Financial Goals

Published by Rob Furlong, Portfolio Manager

The alarm sounded promptly at 1a.m. Shortly after some rustling and grumbling the tent zippers opened and we stepped out into the frigid air. After a quick breakfast, we began heading uphill into the darkness. For the next eight hours life was little more than listening to the ice crunch with each step as we ascended over 5,000 feet into the thinning air. Shortly after 9a.m. we were at 14,200 feet-on top of one of the highest peaks in the Cascade mountain range. Read more

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Rolling the Dice

Published by Casey Franken CFP®

For most retirees, there are a few words that can keep a person up at night.  You’re out of money.  Nursing home.  Long-Term Care (Extended Care).  Read more

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Client Portal Tutorial

To help explain how to use the Client Portal, we’ve put together a short tutorial!

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