Are you Reviewing Your Beneficiaries Frequently Enough?

September 27, 2018 11:14 am

This might seem like an easy question to answer but as our financial lives tend to be complex with many moving parts, remembering to update your beneficiaries when life events occur is sometimes not at the forefront of our minds.  Reviewing them at least once a year, if you have a change in marital status, […]

Struggling to Save for Retirement While Paying Off Your Student Loans? How One Company’s Novel Approach May Set the Standard for the Future.

September 20, 2018 10:53 am

Over the summer there was an interesting IRS ruling that was spurred by a single company trying to provide a unique perk to their employees.  Record low unemployment has resulted in a challenge for companies to find and keep qualified candidates, especially recent graduates. In an effort to attract and retain these folks, one company […]

Tips for Charitable Giving in Times of Crisis

September 17, 2018 12:00 am

In 2016, over $390 billion was donated to charitable causes in the US.  Many people donate money and time to their favorite charities throughout the year.  Some choose to set up scheduled giving such as a monthly donation, while others make their donations at the end of the year.  When unexpected events, like Hurricanes Harvey […]

Should I Bank Online?

August 17, 2018 10:15 am

Emergency reserves are a vital part of every good financial plan.  Having extra savings that can be accessed to cover an unexpected expense enables you to avoid charging up credit cards and taking withdrawals from retirement savings.  So where should you keep those reserves and how should they be invested?  Or should they be invested […]

How much should I have in my 401k at age X?

August 9, 2018 12:00 am

As the calendar turns to 2014, many folks use the month of January to review their retirement balances and see how their accounts have grown. Whether it’s the cold weather that makes people pay more attention or a derivative of a new year’s…

Outlook for the Second Half of 2018

June 26, 2018 11:33 am

It shouldn’t be surprising that US stock indices were relatively flat the first half of the year. After all, 2017 brought a stellar, unexpected gift in the form of performance returns. As the year turned over, most investors were aware that stocks can only go up for so long before one of two things happen: […]

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…