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Is Venmo a No-Go? Are Payment Apps Safe?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jan 26, 2023 2:00:00 PM

Mobile payment apps, such as Venmo and PayPal have gained in popularity, but is the cost of convenience the security of your money? As financial planners, we want you to understand the risks and benefits. If you’re wondering, are payment apps safe? Here are useful facts you need to know.

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Topics: Technology

Is Cash King? Liquid Assets and Financial Planning

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jan 19, 2023 2:00:00 PM

When it comes to years when both stocks and bonds see poor performance, investors may begin to wonder if it’s better to have their money in liquid assets such as cash, as opposed to investments such as bonds and stocks. In other words, is cash king? Let’s see.

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Topics: Investing, Investment Management

What Is the Role of a Trustee?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Jan 12, 2023 2:00:00 PM

When you’re looking at your overall financial picture, the role of trustee is an important position that comes with a lot of responsibility, but what exactly does the position entail?

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Topics: Financial Planning, Fiduciary

Financial Planning for Women: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Dec 15, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Fifty years ago, a woman couldn’t open a credit card without her husband co-signing. While we’ve come a long way since then, women still face certain financial challenges. Financial planning for women must account for these challenges in order to avoid the issues they might create. Here are three of the biggest pitfalls women must consider when creating their financial plan and tips for how to avoid them.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Understanding Interest Rates: Advantages and Disadvantages of High Interest Rates

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Oct 25, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Interest rates have the ability to impact consumer spending, saving, the economy, inflation and so much more. But how exactly do they work and how do they impact you? Here’s everything you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of high interest rates – and low.

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Topics: Economy, Interest Rates

Beneficiary Designations: Who Will Get Your Money?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Sep 29, 2022 2:00:00 PM

When you think about your company retirement plan account, do you know what will happen to the money in the event of your passing? It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s nevertheless important that you have a plan in place to ensure your legacy is looked after the way you want.

Enrolling in your retirement plan prompts you to name a beneficiary in the event of your death. Simply put, you designate someone to receive your account assets after your passing. Does your beneficiary plan currently reflect your wishes? Many people tend to overlook this detail, but it’s imperative that you keep this information up to date. Here’s how your account passes depending on your relationship status.

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Topics: Retirement Planning

Day in the Life Doug Warzinski CFP®, CIMA®, Senior Retirement Plan Services Advisor

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Sep 22, 2022 2:00:00 PM

The retirement arena of the financial world can be tricky to navigate, for both employers and individuals. Retirement looks different for everybody, and plans provided by business owners come with plenty of fine-print details and considerations. It can seem daunting, to be sure, but retirement planning poses some of the most important decisions anyone can make. Doug Warzinski, CFP®, CIMA® is here to make it all connect seamlessly and responsibly as a Senior Retirement Advisor. 

Here’s more about Doug Warzinski, his background and what it’s like to work with Doug on retirement plan services.

With 20 years of expertise in retirement plan design and wealth management services, Doug Warzinski helps corporate clients and retirement plan participants address their various financial needs. He’s worked at Carnegie Investment Counsel since 2021. Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing major from Ohio University, and he later attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERdesignation. 

When he’s not at work, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters, coaching the girls’ soccer teams and caring for the family Bernedoodle, Penny.

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Topics: Retirement Planning

Survey Says...What's Your Take on Financial Wellness Programs?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Sep 8, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Recently, the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) performed a comprehensive survey about employees’ participation in financial wellnessplans through their employers. Perceptions about such plans may be helpful to sponsors who have a financial wellness plan in place for their employees, or to those who are considering implementing them. The survey was conducted online from October 22 to November 3, 2021 and collected responses from 3,000+ Americans ages 18 and older on a broad range of financial management issues and topics.

Results from the survey indicate varying definitions of “financial wellness” from employees. Responses included:

  • Having the means to take care of your family and others (53 percent).
  • Not worrying about money or debts (51 percent).
  • Feeling protected financially from life’s unexpected events (51 percent).
  • Retirement financial security (36 percent).

When asked about their current priorities for securing financial wellness, their responses included:

  • Having a reliable source of income (38 percent).
  • The ability to pay monthly bills without difficulty (38 percent).
  • Being on track with retirement savings (16 percent).
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Topics: Financial Planning

Creating Your Roadmap: What Is the Importance of a Financial Plan?

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Sep 1, 2022 2:00:00 PM

A financial plan is a personalized roadmap to help you meet your financial goals. While there’s a long list of reasons why a financial plan is so important these are the top five.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Millennials: Start Saving Now!

Posted by Carnegie Investment Counsel on Aug 18, 2022 3:24:24 PM

A study from the National Institute of Retirement Security found that 66 percent of millennials haven’t saved any money for retirement – and 66 percent haven’t started saving. With living expenses, student debt, rent or house payments and other daily expenses, saving for retirement is typically not a priority for younger people. But that will make it considerably more difficult for them to have a secure retirement later in life.

The biggest obstacle for millennials’ retirement savings is time itself. Compounding interest allows funds to grow and allows those with even modest savings to establish a large nest egg for later use. If you saved $50 each month in a retirement account that earns 6.5% annually and compounded monthly, you would generate a savings of $226,781 over 50 years. Alternatively, a millennial who starts saving the same amount 30 years later (which would have only 20 years’ worth of compound growth) would net only $24,525. Compounding plays a critical role in retirement savings. Even a little savings every month, like $50, can make a considerable impact.

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Topics: Financial Planning

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