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How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Most people plan to leave the workforce at some point in their life.  While some have a desire to maintain a sense of purpose by working well into their seventies, we more often find ourselves helping people plan for an earlier departure. Achieving financial freedom, or the ability to work because one wants to and not because one needs to, takes time and thoughtful retirement planning. 

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What Does Your Retirement Look Like?

Published by Jake Bleicher When I think of retirement, I think of spending a month traveling throughout Asia tasting exotic cuisines. I want to go fishing in Alaska with my buddies and send my grandchildren to college. I want to surprise underprivileged children with presents on Christmas, donate to cancer research and leave an inheritance to my children. More than anything, I want the freedom to do what I want to do. I want to enjoy retirement. It is a goal I am working diligently towards.

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Seven Sins of Divorce

Published by Mark Petersen Divorce is one of the most emotional experiences people may contend with in their lives. With the exception of Ross Geller on Friends, most people may only experience divorce once or twice in their lifetime. With limited exposure to the process, it may be easy to get caught up in the moment and fall victim to one or more of the seven sins of divorce.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Who knew tax reform could be so easy? Less than two weeks after going to conference, Republicans reconciled the differences between the House and Senate bills and released their final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last Friday (12/14) afternoon.[1] The final legislation provides significant permanent tax cuts for businesses, including reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Most individual taxpayers will also receive tax benefits, including lower marginal tax rates, and a reduction in the top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans from 39.6% down to 37%. However, all of the individual tax breaks will...read the full article

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The Ingredients for an 11 for 11 Market

Published by Scott Kubie, Senior Investment Strategist | LinkedIn The S&P 500 is coming up on one of its longest streaks ever. November was the 11th straight month this year that the S&P 500, including dividends, has increased. We don’t know of any year where the index has increased in every month in a calendar year. Markets that go up this strongly, go up for a reason. Eventually the streak will end. Below is a summary of “The Ingredients for an 11 for 11 Market” and a risk to each ingredient that bears watching.

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Medicare 101: What You Need to Know

An often overlooked aspect of financial planning is considering health insurance options. Health care costs continue to rise, and as you grow older the likelihood you’ll need those services increases.

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Safeguarding Personal Information

Electronic theft of personal information is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, with more than two billion personal records stolen worldwide in 2016. Protecting your personal information is a key component to reducing the potential that your information may be stolen.

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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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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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What is goals-based planning?

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but still haven’t done it? Maybe time constraints are holding you back or you are unsure if your financial resources will accommodate your plans. Or maybe, like a lot of people we meet, you haven’t taken the time to really think about what you want.

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