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Understanding Today's Financial Environment

As an independent financial consultant, we work for YOU, not a financial institution.  Everything we do, we believe is challenging the status quo.  We believe in thinking differently about today's financial environment. From Social Security maximization, income planning and wealth accumulation, your Next Phase starts here! 

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What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps

What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps

An increasing number have been developed to help individuals with their personal finances.

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Here are six flags that may make your tax return prime for an IRS audit.

Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.

 

Split Annuity Strategy

Here's one strategy that combines two different annuities to generate income and rebuild principal.

Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President

The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.

Get Paid for Going Green

Those looking into environmentally minded home modifications may get a boost from Uncle Sam’s tax incentives.

Please Leave Home Without It

Concerns over identity theft continue to grow, especially with data breaches at major companies and financial institutions.

A Primer on Dividends

A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."

How Retirement Spending Changes With Time

It can be difficult for clients to imagine how much they’ll spend in retirement. This short, insightful article is useful for jumpstarting a conversation about retirement spending, spending habits, and potential medical costs.

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My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

Long-Term-Care Needs

Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

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

Lifetime of Earnings

Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

Assess Your Life Insurance Needs

This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

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Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

Managing Your Lifestyle

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

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.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

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Stay Safe with a B.O.P. At Your Back

Learn about the advantages of Business Owner Policies with this highly educational and fun animated video.

Bursting the Bubble

Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?

The Other Sure Thing

Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?

The Power of Tax-Deferred Growth

Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular?

Acres of Diamonds

In life it often happens that the answers to our most pressing questions are right in our own backyards.

The Junk Drawer Approach to Investing

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

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