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We’re Buying Pieces of Companies

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We’re Buying Pieces of Companies

“I think you have to learn that there’s a company behind every stock, and that there’s only one real reason why stocks go up. Companies going from doing poorly to doing well or small companies grow to large companies.” – Peter Lynch

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Applying for College Financial Aid

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Applying for College Financial Aid

Published by Beth Schanou  Now that January has arrived, those with college aged students are faced with the task of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA data gives a student access to financial aid and many states and colleges (public and private) use the data to determine eligibility for state and school aid. 

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2015 Financial New Year’s Resolutions

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2015 Financial New Year’s Resolutions

Published by Ben Goethel My running New Year’s Resolution for the past five years has been to give up caffeinated soda. But by January 3rd, I’m usually right back in the habit. Realizing my result will most likely be similar this year, I’ve decided to make some easier-to-implement financial resolutions. Not only are these resolutions easier to follow through on, they can also have a significant impact on your financial future. Here are three options for those looking for some ideas of their own!

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Retirement Planning

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Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is an essential factor in your overall financial well-being. Check out our infographic on retirement planning – these stats may surprise you. Are you prepared? Click here to open fullscreen

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Social Security

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Social Security

You’ve worked hard for your Social Security. Now, it’s important to understand how to maximize your Social Security by incorporating the correct strategy for you into your wealth plan. Check out our infographic for important facts you should consider to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits. Click here to open fullscreen

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What Fees Are You Paying In Your 401(k)?

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What Fees Are You Paying In Your 401(k)?

Published by Micah Schmidt, If you are like many workers in the Unites States, your employer offers a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b) as a part of the benefits package. As you look to direct how investments are made within your account, it is important to consider all fees involved along with investment performance to determine the best allocation choice for you.

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Share Buybacks: A Good Alternative?

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Share Buybacks: A Good Alternative?

Published by Bob Loewens Often I have questioned whether it is best for a company to grow earnings per share (EPS) through stock repurchase programs or from re-investing to support higher demand for their products. I have gone so far as to wonder if less emphasis should be placed on buyback driven EPS increases. However, I have come to realize that these efforts can be very attractive to long term results.

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4 Powerful Yet Simple Keys to Retirement Planning

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4 Powerful Yet Simple Keys to Retirement Planning

Published by Mike Schudel There is clearly a disconnect happening in America: there is so much focus on retirement planning yet we hear stories and statistics that suggest many do not feel prepared for this important transition in their lives. Likely, this is a result of a number of factors including the overwhelming amount of information available, widely disparate views on how to plan for retirement and a focus more on the complexities of retirement planning rather than the essential basics.

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10 Questions to Ask Your Advisor

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10 Questions to Ask Your Advisor

We’re on a mission to deliver trust, transparency and accountability to clients. As your trusted advisor, we equip you with the tools you need to make educated decisions regarding your financial future. To start, we have listed 10 Important Questions That Each Investor Should Ask Their Wealth Advisor. Click here to open fullscreen

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Reviewing and Updating Your Estate Plan

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Reviewing and Updating Your Estate Plan

Published by Ben Goethel While I no longer prepare estate plan documents, as a former practicing estate planning attorney, I know how important it is to review your estate plan with regular frequency and at least as often as every three to five years. It’s also good practice to review your estate plan after any life events, such as the birth of a child.

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