Couples Combining Finances

Couples Combining Finances

Joining finances represents a critical juncture for financial decision making that has a lasting impact on a couple’s future financial position and impacts the future stress and tension money can have on a relationship. Here are considerations for couples combining finances . Sharing a Macro Perspective (Seeing the Same Big Picture): Money. It’s one of […]

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Spring Cleaning for Financial Documents

Spring Cleaning for Financial Documents

Before you clear off your dining room table, putting away those tax documents, take this opportunity to organize your financial records. Whether you prefer a tabbed binder or a digital folder, taking the time to pull together and annually update your financial information will be beneficial in the long run. Not only will it make […]

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Why Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney?

Why Do I Need a Durable Power of Attorney?

What happens if you’re in an accident and can’t communicate?  Or if you suffer a brain injury and need funds transferred to pay your mortgage? You may be wishing you’d executed a Durable Power of Attorney (POA). A Durable POA allows you to appoint someone as an “agent” to step in and handle your finances […]

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Understanding the SECURE Act

Understanding the SECURE Act

On December 20th, a significant piece of retirement planning legislation was quietly passed into law, incorporated into the spending and tax extenders bill. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act is focused on aiding Americans’ ability to save for retirement. It seeks to address flaws in the system which have contributed to the […]

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Are You Ready to Roth?

Are You Ready to Roth?

When you turn 70 ½, you are required to withdraw funds from your traditional IRA. The amount, your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), is calculated based on your age and account balance. This distribution, like all other withdrawals from a Traditional IRA, is taxable. Roth IRAs on the other hand, do not have this requirement, as […]

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The Fiduciary Rule – 2.0

The Fiduciary Rule – 2.0

Last year I wrote about a new regulation introduced by the Department of Labor (DOL) referred to as The Fiduciary Rule. In its simplest form, the rule was to require every financial advisor to act in their clients’ best interest. The rule pertained only to retirement plan participants and IRA investors, although the intent was […]

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6 Important Questions You Should Ask When Hiring a Financial Planner

6 Important Questions You Should Ask When Hiring a Financial Planner

If you’re considering hiring a financial planner, make sure to raise these six critical questions: 1) What credentials or certifications do you have? The financial industry is notorious for acronyms and abbreviations that can often be quite confusing, leaving you drowning in a big bowl of alphabet soup. The countless degrees and designations some financial professionals […]

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The Fiduciary Rule – A Matter of Trust

The Fiduciary Rule – A Matter of Trust

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend 35 years as a financial advisor. Over the years, the industry has evolved from its humble roots in the brokerage and insurance space. Throughout this changing landscape, I’ve been amazed how one simple concept could cause so much controversy; the infamous Fiduciary Rule. The Department of Labor (DOL) introduced […]

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Three Often Overlooked Planning Opportunities for Parents with College Students

Three Often Overlooked Planning Opportunities for Parents with College Students

If you’re one of the many parents who shipped your child off to college earlier this year, you were probably caught in the whirlwind of orientation, move-in day, tuition, roommates, food money, and much more. In the midst of all the adventurous chaos, you may have overlooked some important considerations along the way. But don’t […]

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Three Options for Financing your Home Renovation

Three Options for Financing your Home Renovation

Renovating your home is a great way to increase your equity and improve your current quality of living! Depending on your situation, you have a few options in financing these upgrades. Home Equity Loans – You may be eligible for a second mortgage based on your existing home equity. Home equity loans are paid in […]

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