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Choosing and Evaluating Financial Professionals

Although you may personally handle many of your financial affairs, sometimes you may need the services of a financial professional. Financial professionals include financial planners, attorneys, securities brokers, and other specialists. Selecting the right financial professional means evaluating the services they can offer and their  …read more »

Financial Planning – Helping You See the Big Picture

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached. That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a  …read more »

There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2011

There’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2011! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,000 for 2011 ($6,000 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2011). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline  …read more »

New Tax Provisions for 2012 and 2013

A quick summary of how taxes for 2012 and 21013 stand as of March 2012.  Please keep in mind new legislation may extend, change or cut any of these provisions. New Taxes or Provisions Expiring at the end of 2012 Federal income tax rates— After  …read more »

New 401(k) Plan Disclosure Rules

As 401(k) plans have become more popular, plan participants have become increasingly responsible for making their own retirement savings decisions. The Department of Labor (DOL) has become concerned that participants in self-directed 401(k) plans (those that allow participants to direct the investment of their own  …read more »

403(b) Plans, Contribution Limits and Rollover Options

A 403(b) plan is an employer-sponsored retirement plan for certain employees of public schools, tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) organizations, and churches. The employer can purchase annuity contracts for eligible employees, or establish custodial accounts to be invested in mutual funds or other investments. In the case of  …read more »

A Good Time to Consult a Financial Planner

In many cases, a specific life event or a perceived need may prompt you to seek professional financial planning guidance. Such events or needs might include: Getting married or divorced Having a baby or adopting a child Paying for your child’s college education Buying or selling a  …read more »

Some Misconceptions About Financial Advisors

Maybe you have reservations about consulting a financial advisor because you’re uncertain about what to expect. Here are some common misconceptions about financial advisors, and the truth behind them: Most people don’t need financial advisors — While it’s true that you may have the knowledge and ability to manage your  …read more »

Working with a Financial Advisor

Even if you feel competent enough to develop a plan of your own, a financial advisor can act as a sounding board for your ideas and help you focus on your goals, using his or her broad knowledge of areas such as estate planning and investments. Specifically,  …read more »

Saving for College

There’s no denying the benefits of a college education: the ability to compete in today’s competitive job market, increased earning power, and expanded horizons. But these advantages come at a price–college is expensive. And yet, year after year, thousands of students graduate from college. So,  …read more »