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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.

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Tax Deductions You Won't Believe

Tax Deductions You Won't Believe

Here are some examples of deductions from the IRS that were permitted and some that were, uh, too creative.

Critical Estate Documents

Critical Estate Documents

Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.

Volunteering in Retirement

Volunteering in Retirement

For many, retirement includes contributing their time and talents to an organization in need.

 

Inflation and the Real Rate of Return

Learn about the role of inflation when considering your portfolio’s rate of return with this helpful article.

A Meal for All Generations

When it comes to generational differences, knowing the facts can be difficult.

Risk Perspective

Is it possible to avoid loss? Not entirely, but you can attempt to manage risk.

Raising Healthy Children

Healthy habits are one of the greatest gifts to give your child.

Four Reasons Millennials Need an Estate Strategy

Estate strategies for millennials may sound like less of a concern than retirement, but young adults should prepare now.

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.

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Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

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

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Contributing to an IRA?

Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

Paying Off a Credit Card

Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.

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Your Cash Flow Statement

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

Managing Your Lifestyle

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

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Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

Investments

You’ve made investments your whole life. Work with us to help make the most of them.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing

It's easy to let investments accumulate like old receipts in a junk drawer.

When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

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