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5 Questions That Can Determine Your Financial Future

Sailing around the world, gardening from sunup to sundown, long walks on the beach... Thinking about retirement can seem surreal and even silly when most of us are so caught up in the day-to-day grind of life. However, it is important to take...

What is an annuity?

If you’d retired, or were planning to, around 2008 you probably found yourself in big trouble. When the stock market crashed, many people saw their hard-earned retirement nest eggs lose 35 to 40 percent of their value in what seemed like a blink...

The Market’s at Record-Highs—Time to Buy or Bail Out?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 indexes have reached their highest levels since 2007. Good news! The bad news is that it is too late to get in, right? Not necessarily. It’s true that the rapid rise of the major market indices has...

IRA vs. 401(k) - What's the Difference?

Thinking of saving money for your golden years? Good thinking. You’re never too young to start stuffing the coffers. Two popular retirement investment vehicles worth considering are the 401(k) and the traditional IRA (or individual retirement...

Act Your Age: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to Saving

Do you have any regrets about how you’ve prepared for your retirement so far? Noooo, not you, right? But maybe you’ve heard from friends that they’d be in better shape if only they had remembered to set up that 401k their 20s…or continued to save...

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

How much money would you need to never have to work again? Helping people like you answer that question is what I spent most of my time figuring out for clients as a financial advisor. With company pensions going the way of the dodo bird and...

Help! I'm Running Out of Money

What do you do when you’re already retired and your savings are dwindling? —Gerri, McKinney, TX You can take some comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Many retirees, and those saving for retirement, suffered a huge blow when the economy...

Explore the Muni-verse

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “tax-free municipal bonds” and wondered what they are, and whether they have a place in your financial plans. If you are tax-sensitive (i.e. looking to keep taxes low), and seeking to preserve assets while...

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