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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.

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Budgeting After a Divorce

Budgeting After a Divorce

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Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.

How Big is Money?

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Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Six overlooked tax deductions to help manage your tax bill.

Lots of Variables with Fixed-Rate Mortgages

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“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams to Watch For

Every year the IRS releases its list of tax scams, spotlighting some ways that people try to separate you from your money.

Financial Aid for Students 101

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Caring for Aging Parents

As our nation ages, many Americans are turning their attention to caring for aging parents.

Social Security: Five Facts You Need to Know

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How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

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Bursting the Bubble

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Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

The Good Ship IPO

The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.

Don't Buy The Hype

There are a lot of misconceptions about Social Security. Here’s the truth about three of them.

Women and Retirement

Women must be ready to spend, on average, more years in retirement than men.

From Boats to Brokers

From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.

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