Starting a Family
nine or twelve

Nine Candles or Twelve Days Of

Whatever Holiday you and your family celebrate this time of year we at the Financial Planning Association wish you a joyous Holiday Season. For...

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Divorce
Divroce Planning

Retirement Considerations When Divorcing

When faced with divorce, there are issues relating to retirement that are easily overlooked, yet critical for the later years. Among the areas...

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Investment
location

Location, location, location

You have probably heard the old real estate adage – location, location, location – meaning the location of your house has a great impact on...

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Bankruptcy

MIGHT BE : Credit Counseling Services

Pre-bankruptcy CounselingUnder the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), individuals hoping to file a...

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Stolen Identity
Young Consumers

Young Consumers Detect Foul Play

Tax and wage related ID theft on the riseThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its annual nationwide...

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Divorce
blended family

Divorce and Estate Planning for Future Blended Families

Keeping in perspective that 65 percent of remarriages will involve kids from a past marriage,1 you should devise and implement an estate plan...

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Insurance
Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform and You

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA, has many facets to it and its implementation will be done over several years....

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Investment
Paying advisors

What exactly are you paying your advisors

Many investors would agree that minimizing investment cost is one of the basic tenets of sound investing, and critical to achieving long-term...

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Getting Married
valentiens day quiz

Valentines Day A Money Quiz for You and Your Sweetheart

Money might not be the best topic to introduce on a romantic evening, but it’s the talk you must have before you load up the moving van or take...

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Investment
Mid-Year Financial Checkup

Make Time for a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

There is an antidote to the anxiety and uncertainty that often mounts as the calendar advances through summer, fall, winter...and inevitably,...

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Retirement
Roth IRA

Why Invest in the Roth IRA

Roth IRA! Roth IRA! Roth IRA! I am sure you have never heard that pep rally cheer at any program you have gone to. But then again, most times...

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Saving on Taxes
Common Tax Filing Mistakes

Avoid Common Tax Filing Mistakes

As with time-honored tax-saving strategies, there are common tax-filing mistakes that seem to snag taxpayers year in and year out, regardless...

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Preparing for Disaster
flood insurance

What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance

I live in an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Although I lost power for a few days, that was nothing compared to the devastation...

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Insurance
life insurance

Whole Life and Term Insurance

Should I purchase whole life or term insurance? This is perhaps the most frequently debated question when it comes to life insurance. If you do...

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Starting a Family
Adopted Baby

Thinking About Adoption-Plan Your Finances First

Adopting a child is one of the biggest decisions you may ever make. It can also be a shockingly expensive decision that will have a huge effect...

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Saving on Taxes
return due

Wow, My Tax Return is Due April 17!

“I can’t believe I am a week away from when my tax return needs to be filed”. I am sure that there will be a few people who are reading this...

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Retirement
retirement phases

The Phases of Retirement

For many, the phrase “retirement planning” has become limited to the planning done in the years leading up to retirement. When you consider...

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Investment
Better Off 

Are You Better Off Today Than Four Years Ago?

Every day we get bombarded with reminders that we are not better off than we were four years ago. Obviously, if we have been unemployed during...

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retirement
Retirement Account

RMD Time: Handling Retirement Account Distributions

Anyone who owns a tax-advantaged retirement account such as a 401(k) or individual retirement account (IRA) — that’s 63% of (or 77.5 million)...

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Investment
Rich Quick

Our Desire to Get Rich - Quick

Perhaps it is the time of the year with gift giving and wishes for a happy and prosperous new year, but I sense it is the all-American desire...

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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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Investment
annuity investments

Introduction to Annuities

Annuities account for a significant part of all investment sales, partly because they offer features and benefits that are unavailable...

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Savings
A Couple's Plan

A Couple's Plan to Fix Their Financial Situation

The Problem/GoalIsabella Ryan and Ethan Sloane have plans on getting married, some day. But in the meantime, they want to get their financial...

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Starting a New Job
your first job

Your First Job — The First Great Move

New college graduates will be entering the workforce this summer with plenty of excitement – and plenty of debt. Though your first job is...

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Estate Planning
Losing Your Inheritance

Losing Your Inheritance to Uncle Sam - or Others

Successful estate planning takes not one generation, but two. The first generation needs to make a clear, sensible plan and the second needs to...

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Retirement
retirement planning

Retirement Base Income Vehicles

By: FPA Member Jason K. Branning, CFP® Last Updated: April 23, 2012...

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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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Divorce
Special Needs Alliance

Financial Planning for Your Special Needs Family in Divorce

With effective financial planning during divorce for your special needs children, you can handle unique concerns and help promote the future...

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Saving on Taxes
Year End Part two

Year End Tax Planning - Part Two - Business

Year-end tax considerations for businesses are not quite as up in the air as is the individual tax situation so let’s take a look at a few of...

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Estate Planning

Estate Plan — Estate Planning Information — Why You Need an Estate Plan

Many people assume that estate planning is only about saving estate taxes. Consequently, they often ignore estate planning because they assume...

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