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When Is it Time to Hire a Financial Advisor? How Do Their Fees Work?

Posted by Gary Wagner on Oct 9, 2020 10:30:00 AM

There is no specific timeline to help guide your journey to financial well-being. As such, there are no hard and fast rules that will determine the best time to engage a financial professional to help manage your assets. 

Many people feel that they can manage their investment portfolios on their own in spite of a lack of overall financial literacy or training. As your nest egg grows and your situation becomes more complicated though, you may find yourself in need of an all-encompassing financial game plan. Finding an advisor with whom you can develop a long-term relationship can go a long way toward meeting your financial goals.


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Will You Outlive Your Retirement Funds? Plan for Success Now

Posted by Gary Wagner on Sep 10, 2020 10:45:00 AM

If you are getting close to your retirement, you might be worrying about whether the money you have set aside is going to last. It’s a legitimate concern, especially considering that the average life expectancy continues to increase. There is a good chance that you’ll live longer, but will your money last longer? 

The answer is yes, it is possible to stretch savings. With a smart investment strategy, a realistic view of healthcare costs, and a commitment to living within your budget, you can make your money outlast your retirement. Let’s take a look at some ways you can improve your financial outlook with a little foresight and planning. 

 

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6 Retirement Mistakes Even Smart People Make And How to Avoid Them

Posted by Gary Wagner on Jul 14, 2020 1:46:00 PM

You’ve worked hard your entire life. Now it’s time to look forward to your retirement. After all your dedication, your golden years should be everything you hoped for. But along with the excitement of impending retirement, there also comes the responsibility of sound financial management.

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Optimizing the Timing of Your Retirement for Social Security Benefits

Posted by Gary Wagner on Jun 23, 2020 1:30:00 PM

In the 85 years since the Social Security Act established a new means for Americans to prepare for life after their working days, the retirement landscape has changed significantly. There has been a dramatic reduction in defined-benefit pension plans and a migration toward defined-contribution plans like the 401(k). Life expectancies are longer and the full retirement age has crept higher.

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How the CARES Act May Impact Your Family Finances and Tax Planning Right Now

Posted by Gary Wagner on Jun 9, 2020 10:30:00 AM

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill or CARES Act was passed by Congress on a bi-partisan vote and signed into law in late March by President Trump. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the CARES Act “provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserves jobs for our American industries.”    

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How Do Wealth Management Firms Work?

Posted by Gary Wagner on May 12, 2020 2:30:00 PM

What services are offered by wealth management companies, and how can they help you reach your financial goals? How do these firms address current and future needs for you and your family?

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7 Ways to Simplify Finances Before Retirement

Posted by Gary Wagner on Apr 14, 2020 11:29:00 AM

As you approach retirement, organizing your finances will be one of the most critical steps you take when beginning your transition out of the workplace. There are plenty of retirement planning tips and philosophies out there, but many people in their 50s with $500k or more saved don’t yet know how to simplify their finances before retirement.

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Tax Season Senior Scams Alert - 8 New (and Age-Old) Financial Scams to Watch For

Posted by Gary Wagner on Apr 7, 2020 12:05:07 PM

Sadly, tax season is a prime time for scammers to target senior citizens. Here are eight common scams making the rounds this year. Please share them with older relatives, friends and everyone else: Awareness is a primary component of stopping these threats.

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5 Savvy Moves During a Bear Market

Posted by Gary Wagner on Mar 30, 2020 3:30:00 PM



What should we do in a bear market? That’s the question we’ve been hearing a lot these last few days. Here are five ideas for things you can do right now to set yourself up for success in the days ahead.

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New FICO Credit Scoring and How It May Impact You

Posted by Gary Wagner on Feb 25, 2020 11:45:00 AM

Changes in how your credit score is calculated are coming this summer, and they may impact your access to different types of loans and the interest rate on those loans. Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) will introduce its FICO Score 10 Suite in the coming months for use by the three primary credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

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