Retirement Planning

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Winning Tax Strategies: From First Save to Final Score

Keep More. Send Uncle Sam Less. Don’t get me wrong. I love America. But let’s hold onto as much of our hard-earned money as possible and take advantage of tax breaks. We’re all about tax avoidance, which is entirely different from tax evasion (that’s illegal)! But taxes can and do diminish your retirement nest egg. […]

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An Advisor’s Perspective: What You Should Consider When Looking for a Financial Professional

As you read this, you might be considering working with someone on your finances. If you ask me, I think that’s a great idea. As unbiased as it can sound, everyone needs someone in their life to help guide them to make wise financial decisions. Whoever you ultimately choose to work with—or not—seeking professional financial

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To Claim or Not to Claim: When Should You Collect Social Security?

If you’re nearing your 62nd birthday, get ready! The time has come to decide when and how to start collecting your Social Security benefits. I know you’re thinking: “When should I start collecting?” I’ll let you know now that the answer depends on you and your unique situation. However, the current window to collect Social

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HSA 101: A 2023 Guide to Health Savings Accounts

Truth be told, it’s more likely that you’ll live longer than your grandparents did. The flip side is that you may spend far more on doctors’ bills and treatment for chronic illnesses than your parents or grandparents. With healthcare costs continuing to rise along with life expectancies, health savings accounts (HSAs) are an increasingly popular

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Here’s Why You Should Start Investing When You’re Young

You’re never too young (or young at heart) to begin building an investment portfolio! Actually, investing when young has the potential to produce impactful earnings gains. And that’s because of a concept called compounding. Like a snowball that grows as it rolls down a hill, compounding gives your money the opportunity to grow, continually reinvesting

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Meet the Roths: 401(k) and Traditional

Congratulations—it’s a ROTH! Relatively new on the scene of employer-sponsored retirement benefits, the Roth 401(k) is the tax-free cousin of the Traditional 401(k). You might already be familiar with the Roth 401(k)’s big sister, the Roth IRA. Both accumulate after-tax deposits that can grow and be distributed tax-free when certain criteria are met. But, the two siblings

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