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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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In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

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There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.

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