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The (True) Cost of Investing: Why Fee Transparency is Critical to Determining Underlying Investment Value

While investment fees and expenses are required to be disclosed through investment prospectuses, layers of complexity, financial jargon and “hidden” fees can make it difficult for investors to understand the true underlying investment costs and the impact expenses have on their investment returns.

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Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

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Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of fiduciary standards for financial advisors could have significant implications for the investment industry. Said differently, the president is pushing to require financial advisors to put the client’s needs before their own. That’s right. Your advisor may not have your best interests in mind.

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The Mutual Fund Fees We Don’t Talk About

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The Mutual Fund Fees We Don’t Talk About

Mutual fund fees are often discussed, but not fully appreciated by many investors. The ultimate cost of owning a fund is far greater than what meets the eye. This is primarily due to two reasons. First, only about a third of the total cost is reported by the expense ratio. Other hidden fees can more than triple this explicit expense.

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Is Your Advisor A Fiduciary?

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Is Your Advisor A Fiduciary?

A fiduciary is an advisor whom is required to make decisions in your best interest and is not conflicted by fees he or she receives when giving financial advice. Watch this video for important tips that may help you determine if your advisor is a fiduciary.

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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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Your Family Index Number: Defining Your Future With Confidence

Long-term financial security is a goal most investors aspire to, yet accomplished individuals and families know that attaining this objective requires more than hard work and luck. Check out our free guide which discusses how a personalized and focused approach begins with determining your Family Index Number; the individual rate of return you need to achieve your goals and objectives with confidence.

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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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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?

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