Financial Factors to Consider when Buying a Home

June 14, 2018 12:00 am

I think most will agree that the top consideration in buying a home is location, and that is true for a number of reasons.  Everyone wants to live in a desirable area suitable to their way of living.  For some the location may be conveniently…

Should You Consider Refinancing Your Debt?

May 15, 2018 12:59 pm

As we are now experiencing a rising interest rate environment, it is imperative to take a close look at your debt obligations to determine if action should be taken. Many of us have enjoyed low interest rates on our debt for several years now, and this may have swayed your decision to accept variable rate […]

4 Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

April 5, 2018 12:00 am

Are you one of the 75% of taxpaying Americans who will get a refund this year?  That number seemed surprisingly high to me since I’ve always been taught that overpaying or having too much withheld for taxes was basically lending Uncle Sam mo…

Have You Completed Your “What If” List?

March 6, 2018 10:36 am

Now that tax season is finally behind us, time has freed up to focus on other financial matters that may have been neglected over the past few months.  For me, it has been to make a list of all of my financial and estate planning items in the case…

Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

January 10, 2018 9:59 am

New year, new budget! The holidays are over, 2018 has arrived, and we’ve begun a new year to meet your financial goals. Don’t let unexpected expenses derail your plans for the new year. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clear off your kitchen table and take an in-depth view at […]

Top 3 Considerations When Selecting a 529 Plan

November 13, 2017 12:04 pm

If you are saving for college for your children, a 529 college savings plan is one of the best vehicles to utilize.  A 529 plan is a tax-deferred account that allows you to save money and invest it for future college expenses.  As long as you use the funds for qualified college expenses, withdrawals from […]

Parents of College Bound Kids: Finally Some Good News!

August 3, 2017 3:59 pm

As the father of a newborn, saving for college is now a major financial goal for my household. After years of helping clients tackle the following questions, I’m doing it for my own family. There’s a lot to consider including: Projecting the potential cost of college education Determining how much to save Helping to decide […]

An Eight Year Car Loan? Don’t Do It!

February 10, 2017 9:41 am

A while ago I came across a headline that read “Eight Year Car Loans”. What? Ok, I thought I’ve seen it all when it comes to getting someone to buy a car, but this one seemed almost impossible. Is it part of a fake news site, or a scam? I did some digging: sure enough, […]

5 Tips to Make Your 401k Grow

January 1, 2017 12:00 am

For most Americans, 401k plans, qualified plans or defined contribution plans are the most popular savings vehicles for retirement.  With most private companies doing away with pension plans and the uncertainty of Social Security, individuals need…