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Financial Clarity through Refreshing Honesty

In today’s day and age, there is not enough education, too much information out there, not enough time, and too many distractions for the average person to plan effectively for their financial lives. I believe that the financial planning process can be a cool experience and I serve people who are too busy managing the rest of their busy lives to fully dive into the weeds of finance.

Helpful Content

A Living Trust Primer

A Living Trust Primer

Living trusts are popular, but their appropriateness will depend upon your individual needs and objectives.

Comparing Investments

Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

Choosing a Retirement Plan that Fits Your Business

Choosing a Retirement Plan that Fits Your Business

To choose a plan, it’s important to ask yourself four key questions.

 

Life Insurance Myths: Debunked

Whether you have life insurance through your work, are retired, or are raising a family, it pays to know the truth about life insurance coverage. Examine and debunk the five most common life insurance myths, and arm yourself with knowledge.

When to Self-Insure

Choosing to bear the financial burden of an adverse event is called self-insuring. Do you know what that entails?

Do Your Kids Know The Value of a Silver Spoon?

You taught them how to read and how to ride a bike, but have you taught your children how to manage money?

What's So Great About a Rollover?

Making a career move requires tough decisions, not the least of which is what to do with the funds in your retirement plan.

The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of

You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.

Inflation - Back to the Future

Even low inflation rates over an extended period of time can impact your finances in retirement.

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Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Estimate Your RMD

Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or another qualified retirement plan.

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

What Is My Risk Tolerance?

This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.

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Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

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Once Upon a Goal

Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does.

Choosing a Mortgage

Selecting a mortgage isn't an easy process. Get a better understanding of how professionals make the right decisions.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Dreaming Up an Active Retirement

When you retire, how will you treat your next chapter?

Supporting Local Business In a Crisis

Want to ensure your favorite local spots are around after the pandemic? Learn how to support your community in this video.

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

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