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Monday, June 17, 2024

A college education can set you up for a lifetime – though it can come with a hefty price tag: Some unfortunate students have gotten both a mountain of debt and an education that falls far short of their expectations.

Monday, June 10, 2024

From traditional and Roth IRAs to 401(k) plans, pensions, and even health savings accounts (HSAs), there are all sorts of retirement funding options available.

Monday, June 3, 2024

For many younger adults, the dream of homeownership is often overshadowed by the looming challenges of student loan debt. The burden of educational expenses can create a significant hurdle on the journey to owning a home.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Most American workers who earn wage income and pay Social Security taxes via withholding receive Social Security benefits at some point in retirement. Here are some common questions and answers regarding Social Security.

Monday, May 20, 2024

More often than not, retirees have retirement concerns that focus on their goals and whether or not they have the finances to work towards those goals. Below are some of the benefits regular exercise in your retirement years may offer.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

In the realm of estate planning, the ripple effects of our oversights often linger long after we're gone, impacting the lives of those we leave behind. The uniqueness of this area of planning that makes it paramount to get things right.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Graduation holds significant importance for students and their families, as it marks a critical juncture in the college planning process. It also serves as a reminder of the paramount importance of saving for college.

Monday, April 29, 2024

When you plan for retirement make sure to double-check your expectations. Baby boomers, currently in their 50s and 60s, view retirement differently than the previous generations. Upcoming retirees may not take everything into account.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Social Security benefits are critical to retirement planning. Here are some valuable tips to help you manage your Social Security benefits that may make your retirement more comfortable.

Monday, April 15, 2024

A common piece of standard life insurance advice is to get it as early as possible — and there are good reasons why. If you're young, purchasing a term life insurance policy is usually much cheaper than it will be a decade or two later.

Monday, April 8, 2024

529 plans are a tool for those looking to save for college for their children, grandchildren, or any family member. Let’s dispel some of the most common myths associated with these plans.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Staying fit and healthy as we grow older is not just about physical exercise. Experts emphasize that it's also about focusing on mental well-being, maintaining social connections, and prioritizing good sleep hygiene.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Regardless of the stage of life, your credit score is an essential component of your financial health when you're in retirement. A consistently strong credit score can pave the way for greater confidence, easy loan access, and lower...

Monday, March 18, 2024

The highly sought-after six-figure salary isn’t what it used to be. Time Magazine reported a startling statistic from a survey conducted by the financial insight and advising companies PYMETS and Lending Club which found that 51%...

Monday, March 11, 2024

Retirement is an exciting time, but it can be tough to leave behind the safety net of a stable income or the work routine you’ve followed for decades. Many seniors who reach retirement age end up working part-time; this can be...

Friday, March 1, 2024

Be proactive and follow these steps to ensure accuracy and compliance Tax filing season can be a stressful time for many individuals. Dealing with the IRS and ensuring compliance with tax regulations can seem daunting. However, with...

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Sometimes, based on the movement of the market and your risk tolerance, you may look for investment opportunities with a strategy encompassing wealth growth while mitigating the risk of unanticipated loss.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Just as a winning team meticulously plans its Super Bowl plays, individuals and families may benefit from developing a comprehensive plan for their estate. Estate planning isn't just for the wealthy.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Getting close to retirement is exciting, but it often brings a little worry about your financial future. The closer you get, the more you may be concerned with the rising living costs and if your finances are on track.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Year-end financial planning can help you assess your family’s financial situation, identify areas for improvement, and set achievable goals for the future. Here’s a closer look at seven essential areas.

Friday, December 15, 2023

It is crucial for individuals to engage in strategic tax planning with their financial professionals, particularly considering the changes to the standard deduction and tax brackets for the year 2024.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

In 2024, LPL Research believes markets will make a definitive turn to a more recognizable place. En route, the transition will be marked by meaningful shifts in a few key areas. Inflation is going down.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

For many people, the holiday season is when you enjoy family and friends and give a little back to those in need. Charitable giving is its highest during the holiday months.

Monday, October 30, 2023

A 401(k) plan is one of the most popular and effective techniques for saving for your retirement. A company will automatically withdraw and contribute money from each paycheck to your 401(k) plan.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

With several past and present events involving the White House, data breaches, or classified documents being leaked, the importance of safeguarding confidential information often comes into sharp focus.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Planning for your financial future and retirement looks much different now than in previous years. Some people must supplement their Social Security to have enough to maintain their desired lifestyle.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Every year, around 3 million Americans are required to evacuate their homes due to a natural disaster.(1)

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

With the cost of college expensive for many, receiving a tax break from the IRS for college-related expenses may be appealing.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Relying extensively on social security may not meet your retirement needs. When it comes to planning for retirement, Social Security benefits have traditionally been viewed as a safety net for many individuals.

Monday, July 31, 2023

Understanding the difference between taxable, tax-deferred, and tax-exempt accounts can improve portfolio diversification and make a difference in how much you earn over time.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

The “Sandwich Generation” faces a lot of struggles. However, there are ways that the sandwich generation can work toward greater financial independence and a brighter financial future.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Our 2023 investing outlook started with a theme of returning to normalcy. Considering 2022’s market volatility and the aftereffects of the pandemic, the idea of finding balance was certainly a welcomed change.

Monday, June 12, 2023

CDs are a deposit made in a bank at a high interest rate, with the assurance that it will be paid back in full plus interest.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

It may be worth the effort to brush up on some financial concepts that give you a broader knowledge base from which to make financial decisions.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Setting healthy financial goals is critical. Even more important is staying committed to those financial goals. Here are a few simple tips that will help you to stay on track and committed to your financial goals.

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Investing is stressful. It takes sound mental decisions to weather the ups and downs that come with the markets and investing in general. Here are a few simple mental health tips to help investors remain centered.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The best course is to have a plan for what to do if markets take a sharp turn.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

If you are unsure when to start your Social Security benefits claim, here are a few questions that may help you determine if it is time to make a claim or if you should delay a little longer.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

With 2023 bringing increased limits for 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and other tax-advantaged accounts, it's worth taking a closer look at your retirement savings.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

The first step to managing a credit score is to understand how it is calculated. Read this guide to help you on your way to achieving financial freedom.

Monday, January 23, 2023

When you think of identity theft, you may think of unauthorized credit card payments or new lines of credit. However, tax identity theft is one of the most common types of identity theft. We'll share some tips to keep you safe.

Friday, January 20, 2023

In the spirit of making predictions that will actually come true, our financial advisors share the Top 5 for 2023 – delivered in order of certainty.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

It's nice to own stocks, bonds, and other investments. When it's time to fill out your federal income tax return, you may be left scratching your head. Just how do you report your investments and how are they taxed? Read on for answers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Do you want to get on top of your finances this year? Are you looking for ways to improve your fiscal health? Here are 12 financial resolutions to consider.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

In 2023, we look to equity markets to find balance between key macroeconomic factors—inflation, interest rates, and Fed policy—and business fundamentals. Our economic and market forecasts for 2023 can help us navigate the year ahead.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

On October 18, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax year 2023 adjustments for tax returns filed in 2024. Here are some key changes that could affect your tax bracket and standard deduction.

Monday, November 14, 2022

If you're considering giving back to society or a cause as part of your financial planning, there are many ways you can do so. You can make an impact while receiving tax benefits by including philanthropic giving as part of a holistic...

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The average U.S. income tax rate stands at just over 13%—and if you're like many taxpayers, you're always looking for new tips and tricks to help reduce this percentage.1There are a number of different tax planning moves you can...

Saturday, October 1, 2022

It's generally a good idea to review your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan at least once each year and when major life changes occur. If you haven't given your plan a thorough review within the last 12 months, now may be a...

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Small businesses face many problems related to their size, capital, and capability, and for women-owned small businesses, the challenge is sometimes even greater. The good news is there are many professional organizations out there...

Friday, September 23, 2022

For many, autumn is the best time of year. The return of cool breezes, comforting foods, and pumpkins can be invigorating. It’s also a bookmark of sorts, especially for your finances—a perfect time to take stock of your...

Friday, September 9, 2022

A recent survey by Caring.com found that a whopping two in three American adults do not have an estate plan1—an alarming statistic, considering that an estate plan can protect your assets and ensure that they go to the right...

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

With a few simple actions, you can ensure your estate planning is effective.Whether your estate plan is simple or complex, there are many details, which are often overlooked, that can undermine your plan’s effectiveness. Are you...

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Before the next recession hits, make sure you are prepared.After the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009 hit, far too many Americans found themselves without any savings to get through the hardships of unemployment, falling house prices,...

Monday, July 18, 2022

Markets rarely give us clear skies, and there are always threats to watch for on the horizon, but the right preparation, context, and support can help us navigate anything that may lie ahead. So far, this year hasn’t seen a...

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Almost half of all adults are part of the "sandwich generation." These are adults in their 40s and 50s who are helping support or care for a parent while also supporting or caring for a child.1 Being caught between two generations of...

Thursday, June 30, 2022

If you're living paycheck-to-paycheck or stuck in a job you don't love just to pay the bills, it can be easy to feel as though you're financially trapped. But financial freedom doesn't need to be elusive—with some focused and...

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Now is a good time to check-in and see how you’re really doingAmid the draining heat of mid-summer, do you remember your New Year’s resolutions regarding your personal financial planning? How are you coming with your to-do...

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

When was the last time you evaluated your homeowners insurance? Have your needs changed since you initially purchased your homeowners policy? If so, there may be gaps in your insurance coverage. For example, you may have acquired...

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Targeted scams have become even more popular with the amount of personal information readily available on the internet. Social Security recipients are, unfortunately, targeted by some of the most sophisticated scam artists out there....

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The start of the year has come and gone. You may find that the goals and resolutions you set at the start are no longer getting the attention they deserve. Whether you are feeling your motivation waning or feel like the goal is too far...

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Two years into the pandemic, it may feel like you entered a time warp for some. And from shutdown-related expenses to changes to your employment situation or workload, it can be tougher than ever to try to navigate your financial life....

Monday, April 4, 2022

Personal finance is an important area of knowledge—but it's not always taught in schools. It may be tough to master when you haven't had much guidance prior to adulthood. You may be able to improve your financial literacy and...

Thursday, March 24, 2022

COVID-19 and remote work is continuing to increase the need for internet security. Social distancing has increased device use and strained security protocols. Although cyber-security attacks are often direct at companies, other attacks...

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

We all want more money, and many of us would like to work less, as well. This may seem like a dilemma, yet there is a solution. One way to increase money without working is to avoid spending it in the first place. Some people call this...

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Advice from the Social Security Administration can guide your decisionOne of the most vexing questions for anyone planning for retirement is: “What’s a suitable age to start receiving Social Security benefits?”...

Thursday, February 10, 2022

When spring rolls around, your thoughts might turn to organizing your closets or giving your floors a good deep clean. But how much thought have you given to cleaning up your finances? If the answer is “not much,” you might...

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Looking for longer-term market trends that might shape the next few yearsLet’s be honest for a second: the DJIA, the S&P 500, NASDAQ, and the Russell 2000 all delivered one of the most surprising years in recent history. And...

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Valentine's Day is one of the biggest holidays for romance and for lavishing gifts on that special someone in your life. While flowers and chocolates may be the most common gifts exchanged on that day, why not consider a gift that may...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

When choosing someone to help you prepare and file your taxes, you may be wondering exactly what criteria you should consider. How do you find someone to forge a professional relationship with for your needs? What questions should you...

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The New Year is the time to make resolutions, and for those who are retired, those resolutions may look a little different than they did in past years. Whether you are looking to improve your health, or your finances, below are a few...

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Regardless of whether you prepare your taxes yourself or use a professional's services, it's a good idea to gather the information and documentation you need well in advance of your actual tax filing date. Below, we've listed some key...

Friday, December 17, 2021

With the holidays here, now is the time to get into the giving spirit and help to change others' lives for the better. Whether you are looking to make a difference in a specific person's life or the life of many, there are many ways to...

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

For some, it’s easy to put personal finances on the back burner during the last few months of the year. However, before the year comes to an end, it’s essential to review your finances. By doing so now, you can make the...

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Fill Your Fall Bucket List Fall is a season full of opportunity. From embarking on a hay ride to taking in the foliage, there is no shortage of ways to get out in nature and make the most of all that autumn has to offer! Start off your...

Friday, October 1, 2021

Navigating the FAFSA in 2021 Whether you're applying for your own college aid or helping your teen get started on their college applications, you've probably heard of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This document...

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist As the summer draws to a close and the first chilly winds of autumn blow through, it’s time to think through the way you’ll clean up, fix up, and maintain your home for fall. By keeping up...

Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Importance of Charitable Giving Charitable giving is a term often heard around the holidays, or in some cases, around tax season. Nonprofit charitable organizations often rely on contributions from businesses and individuals to...