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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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Your Emergency Fund: How Much Is Enough?

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How Insurance Deductibles Work

How Insurance Deductibles Work

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IRA Withdrawals that Escape the 10% Tax Penalty

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The Great Debate Continues: Active vs. Passive

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Rebalancing Your Portfolio

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Keep Your Umbrella Handy

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Comparing Investments

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Annuity Comparison

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Doubling Your Money

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What Is My Current Cash Flow?

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Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

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Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

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Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

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18 Years Worth of Days

The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days?

Extended Care: A Patchwork of Possibilities

What is your plan for health care during retirement?

A New Way to Look at Your Bucket List

That big list of dreams and goals isn't the only way to look at your bucket list.

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.

The Rule of 72

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Tuning Your Social Security Benefit

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