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The Progression of Financial Planning Through Every Decade of Your Life

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The Progression of Financial Planning Through Every Decade of Your Life

Your career and lifestyle look completely different when you’re in your 20s compared to when you’re in your 60s – your financial focus and planning in each decade should follow suit. I’ve highlighted three financial tactics to focus on in each decade of your life starting with your 20s.

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How to Buy a Car Without Losing Your Mind (or Your Wallet)

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How to Buy a Car Without Losing Your Mind (or Your Wallet)

Having to buy a car is like having a sliver stuck under my fingernail. It’s painful and annoying, I know I have to deal with it, but it’s going to take forever. Might as well pack a lunch too, because the second you decide you want to test drive something they have you trapped.

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Hitting Your Retirement Savings Goal and Picking the Date is Not the End Goal

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Hitting Your Retirement Savings Goal and Picking the Date is Not the End Goal

I have a grievance with the retirement planning industry. I feel too much focus is on the wrong thing and critical concerns are often neglected. Too many articles, too many planning calculators and too many planners make the goal seem like it is all about flipping a switch on a certain date. The day you retire is the beginning of a long phase, not an end goal. Picking the right date is important but there are other issues that need addressing to make your retirement phase enjoyable like a detailed retirement income plan.

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5 Reasons to Think About Long-Term Care Planning Today

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5 Reasons to Think About Long-Term Care Planning Today

I once received an email from a family friend about long-term care insurance. He was frustrated over a premium increase – which wasn’t the first rate hike – yet, he was still thankful for the policy. Despite the rising cost, he knew the importance of long-term care insurance in helping protect himself and his family.

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Retirement Planning: What Are You Waiting For?

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Retirement Planning: What Are You Waiting For?

Almost half of households near retirement have nothing saved, and that’s a big problem. I believe the biggest headwind is merely getting started: saving money is hard to do. Life is filled with unpredictable events. Children, healthcare expenses and student debt exact a large toll on many Americans.

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Future Funding of Social Security Is A Pivotal Piece To Retirement Security

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Future Funding of Social Security Is A Pivotal Piece To Retirement Security

You’ve probably heard of the three-legged retirement savings “stool.” The idea is that a quality savings plan for retirement starts with having three aspects of saving: personal savings, employer retirement savings and government-provided benefits.

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Took Their Ball and Went Home: Staying in Play with Job-Creators

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Took Their Ball and Went Home: Staying in Play with Job-Creators

Valentine’s Day was tough on New Yorkers who hoped to benefit from the more than 20,000 new jobs from Amazon’s move there (not to mention all the additional jobs from construction and supporting the new employees).

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changed Things More Than You Realize

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changed Things More Than You Realize

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made a lot of changes. It was the single largest tax reform bill in nearly 30 years. However, the impact of the TCJA might be a lot broader than most realize. Almost every small business owner in the country is impacted by a new tax deduction called 199A.

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Is your pet worth $8,000?

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Is your pet worth $8,000?

By Doug Gjerde I was surprised by this story. As I thought about it longer I was reminded that old dogs (me) can learn new tricks.

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Digital Assets – You Already Own Some, Whether You Know What They Are Or Not

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Digital Assets – You Already Own Some, Whether You Know What They Are Or Not

By Jamie Hopkins Recently I gave a presentation to a large group, over 300 in attendance. I asked the group, “How many of you own a digital currency?” Only about three or four hands went up. I was shocked.

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