Buying a Home
Real estate

Is Real Estate a Good Investment Today

With market volatility and real estate prices where they are today, many are wondering, “Should I invest in real estate?”Real estate can add...

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College

Applying for Financial Aid A Quick FAFSA Primer

With the price of a college education rapidly rising over the last decade, and in the current difficult economic times, students and families...

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Stolen Identity
identity theft

Top Ways You Can Prevent Ident Identity Theft

Identity theft is a topic that doesn't stand still because new ways to steal your personal information—and access your money and credit—crop up...

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Credit Repair
improving credit

Steps to improve credit

Now that you are familiar with your credit report, you can start working to improve it. Once a creditor reports negative information to a...

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Serving in the Military
military spouses

Red White Blue…and Green Finance 101 for Military Spouses

Among the many unique challenges that military families face, managing household finances can be especially demanding, particularly for...

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Investment
Stock market chart

Initial Public Offerings Historical Returns

You may hear a lot about initial public offerings of stock in the news, as technology companies have recently grabbed headlines with large...

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Starting a New Job
Planning Tips

Mind Your Own Business Planning Tips for a Smooth Start-Up

It started with a great idea: a product or service on which you’re convinced a successful entrepreneurial venture can be built. Now comes the...

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Retirement
gen y-ers

Fearful of Wall Street and Not Saving for Retirement

Generation Y investors are the most conservative generation of investors since the great depression, despite their long-term time horizon,...

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Starting a Family
Parents and Baby

Helping Parents Put Their Finances in For A Baby Arrival

Among all of life’s momentous occasions, having a baby is about as big as it gets. Given the sheer magnitude of the occasion and all the new...

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Savings
Couples

10 Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Winter is fast approaching. And that means it's time to examine the many ways you can conserve energy and cut costs. Below is a checklist of...

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Losing a Loved One
Coming Months

In the Coming Months and Beyond

Collect Financial & Estate DocumentsGather your income tax returns, a list of assets and liabilities, retirement and investment accounts, stock...

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Savings
Spending Plan Reminder

A Spending Plan (Budget) Primer or Reminder

It seems most people are unaware of basic budgeting techniques. When these guidelines are followed, they can help individuals create a good...

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Savings
Family’s Plan to Become Debt Free

A Family’s Plan to Become Debt Free

The Problem/GoalMaria and Joseph Martinez are married and have a daughter, Isabella. Up to this time, they have enjoyed a very comfortable...

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Preparing for Disaster
disaster plan

7 Steps to Take When Creating a Disaster Plan

When you're in the middle of a disaster, it's hard to think about long-term issues. Focus gets narrowed to finding a way to get through each...

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Savings
Paycheck to Paycheck

How to Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Treadmill

Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Do you have your fingers crossed that you can dodge yet another month without a financial crisis that...

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Investment
secure marriage

Planning for a Financially Secure Marriage

Even for couples that have been living together for awhile, the decision to marry marks a new financial beginning — the first real moment that...

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Starting a New Job
launching a small business

Financial Planning for Launching a Small Business

Are you considering making the transition from the role of employee to small business owner in this evolving economy? Start by strategizing and...

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Investment
staying on course

The Retirement Journey Stay on Course

Volatile global financial markets, political issues, budgetary concerns, unemployment, debt crises, etc. These headlines can heighten your...

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

Additional Estate Planning Tools

You may also need to use additional estate planning tools depending on the size and complexity of your estate. These tools may be useful for...

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Divorce
Divorce Mediation

The Advantages of Divorce Mediation

As financial planners, we are sometimes called on to assist with some of the sadder events in life – for example, death, disability and divorce...

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Estate Planning
Make Estate Plans

Make Estate Plans to Benefit Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Judging by how little estate planning Americans do, they apparently don't mind making life difficult for themselves and their loved ones.That...

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Estate Planning
Part III

Estate Planning for the Middle Class - Part III

Part III: More Estate Planning DocumentsLast month we looked at the first of the basic estate planning documents — the will — and at the...

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Divorce
special needs child

Divorce and Your Special Needs Child

There are few challenges more difficult than going through divorce and having a special needs child.  As a divorced, single parent of a...

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Insurance
Flexible Spending

Flexible Spending Account Changes Looming

What is a FSA?Health care Flexible Spending Accounts, FSA’s, are benefit plans established by employers to reimburse employees for healt...

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Investment
Charitably Inclined

Charitably Inclined?

As we approach the Holiday Season, our thoughts of giving usually rise. Whether it be for family and friends or for those in need, or causes...

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Preparing for Disaster
Disaster prep

Casualty Losses and Disaster Preparedness

For those living on the Eastern seaboard still cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, we at the Financial Planning Association, wish you and yours...

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Starting a Family
expecting parents

Planning Basics for New and Expecting Parents

Making the decision to start a family is not an easy one. It’s one that comes with excitement, terror, and the need to get both your physical...

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Investment
Better bank

The Hunt for a Better Bank Account

The recent rise in banks looking to make up for lost revenue caused by tightening credit regulations and a seemingly never ending low rate...

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Savings
Compound Returns

The Reality of Compound Returns

Albert Einstein was reportedly quoted as stating that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. However, compound interest...

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retirement
Retirement Deficit

Financial Strategies for a Retirement Savings Deficit

As diverse as the American population is, the vast majority of us, regardless of age or background, are united in our concern about saving...

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