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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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How to Read Your Credit Report

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Solve a mystery while learning how important your credit report is with this story-driven interactive.

Budget Check Up: Tax Time Is the Right Time

Budget Check Up: Tax Time Is the Right Time

Tax preparation may be the perfect time to give the household budget a check-up.

Weighing the Benefits of Prepaid Debit Cards

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All Muni Bonds Are Not Created Equal

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A Brief History of Estate Taxes

Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.

How to Read Your Credit Report

Solve a mystery while learning how important your credit report is with this story-driven interactive.

Weighing the Benefits of Prepaid Debit Cards

It's important to understand the pros and cons when considering a prepaid debit card.

A Bucket Plan to Go with Your Bucket List

Longer, healthier living can put greater stress on retirement assets; the bucket approach may be one answer.

Estimating the Cost of College

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Disability Income

This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.

What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

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

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Historical Inflation

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

Comparing Investments

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

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

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5 Smart Investing Principles

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

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

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Consider These 3 Things Before Driving Off the Lot

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

It May Be Time for a Financial Checkup

It’s never a bad time to speak with your financial advisor about changes in your situation.

Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

Should I Invest in Gold?

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

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

An Arm and a Leg

A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.

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