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5 Tips to Make Tax Time Less Taxing

If Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, why does it always have to be followed by its stressy and messy cousin “Tax Time.” Remember that New Year’s resolution to get your financial life in order? Well, it’s not too soon to start organizing the files, papers and “stuff” needed to do your taxes.   Read more

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The Nine Core Values of Financial Advice

What does the game of golf have in common with the financial planning profession? According to my colleague Paul Wannemacher, there are many parallels between the two.  The financial planning process is all about aligning your money and wealth with your life goals and personal values. As Paul explores below, professional financial advisors have an important role in this process and your financial future should be treated with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity: Read more

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Last Minute Moves to Save on Taxes for 2014

I have never been a big fan of shopping during the busy holiday season, where we are all encouraged to buy, buy, buy no matter where we turn. In fact, I personally prefer to do my shopping in the convenience of my home office and avoid the consumer-driven hustle and bustle as well as the traffic. Click, click, done! Read more

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Know Your Limits

With New Year’s Eve celebrations right around the corner, it is important to know your limits.I don’t mean your limit on glasses of champagne and calorie intake, although those limits are also pretty important while you ring in the new year. Uncle Sam has some changes in store as we head into 2015.  Read more

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Do You Have The Right Life Insurance Coverage?

Yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking. This is not the most exciting topic to think about and other areas of the financial life planning process such as money management, paying off debt, and investing for retirement tend to get more of our attention. Still, it’s worth a quick review on why life insurance is necessary and who should buy it. In fact, this part of the discussion should come before getting to specific amounts that you should own. Read more

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Student Loan Repayments

My oldest child, Rachel, is a junior in high school, and while we enjoy having her around the house, we know that soon she’ll be looking into college. In case you haven’t looked lately, the average cost for a four-year in-state public institution is $9,139—and that’s just for tuition and fees! Over four years, that’s going to cost upwards of around $40,000. By itself that might not seem so bad, but when you consider that Rachel has three younger brothers, that price tag starts to look awfully daunting. Read more

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Are You Afraid of Your Student Loan Debt?

What’s really scaring you this Halloween? If you have student loans,  getting that bill might rank pretty high on the list. After all, no one likes owing tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars  that will seemingly take forever to pay off. That doesn’t mean paying off your student loans should be your only or even top financial priority though. Here are some other goals that you might want to prioritize first. Read more

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Why Wait Until Next Year to Plan Your Future?

It seems like every fall I try to take some time to enjoy a few minutes of solitude and reflect on the experiences of the current year. This is also a time where I usually acknowledge that the to-do list that I created earlier in the year still reveals some unfinished business. As a financial planner, I’ll admit that this includes some things on my family’s financial planning checklist that still need some attention.  Read more

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Sometimes It’s Okay to Punt

Football season is an exciting time of year as fall has officially arrived and even the hot and humid southern states get some relief. Personally speaking, I am a college football person. Although I may be an unbiased financial educator, there is admittedly a great deal of bias when it comes to my allegiance to certain colleges and universities on the football field. You will likely hear screams of “Roll Tide,” “Go Tigers” (the orange ones from Clemson in the Palmetto State), and occasionally “Go Wildcats” (K-State- I have to support my grad school) if you are in my neighborhood on a typical college football weekend. (Yes, similar to my investment portfolio, I like to maintain a diversified portfolio of schools to support but also have the documents to prove that I am not a fair-weather fan of the first two programs on my list.) Read more

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