Resources

Estate

Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death.  An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they’re carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so.

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

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

Other Insurance Resources

Insurance transfers the financial risk of life’s events to an insurance company. A sound insurance strategy can help protect your family from the financial consequences of those events. A strategy can include personal insurance, liability insurance, and life insurance.

If a Tree Falls

This handy video helps you stay prepared in case a fallen tree has damaged your house.

Investment

Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that ensnare some investors.

The Real Cost Of A Vacation Home

What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?

Lifestyle

Creating a life map involves a close review of personal finances and an assessment of other building blocks. Lifestyle matters look at how to balance work and leisure, how to make smart choices for the future, and many other items in an effort to help an individual “enjoy the journey.”

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.

Money

One of the keys to a sound financial strategy is spending less than you take in, and then finding a way to put your excess to work. A money management approach involves creating budgets to understand and make decisions about where your money is going. It also involves knowing where you may be able to put your excess cash to work.

Surprise! You’ve Got Money!

Here’s a quick guide to checking to see if you have unclaimed money.

Retirement

Where will your retirement money come from? If you’re like most people, qualified-retirement plans, Social Security, and personal savings and investments are expected to play a role. Once you have estimated the amount of money you may need for retirement, a sound approach involves taking a close look at your potential retirement-income sources.

Should You Tap Retirement Savings To Fund College?

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

Tax

Understanding tax strategies and managing your tax bill should be part of any sound financial approach. Some taxes can be deferred, and others can be managed through tax-efficient investing. With careful and consistent preparation, you may be able to manage the impact of taxes on your financial efforts.

The Facts About Income Tax

Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.

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