Retirement
six year old

How A Six Year Old Saves For Retirement

In our society of conspicuous consumption and spending-beyond-means, many parents face an uphill battle to encourage children to save for the...

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Saving on Taxes
Tax Refund Loan

Thinking About a Tax Refund Loan?

The formal name is refund anticipation loans, or RALs.  They're marketed primarily to cash-poor taxpayers who use their annual federal and...

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Savings
Five Financial Resolutions

Five Financial Resolutions for a Prosperous New Year

You have goals for the New Year, things you want to accomplish for yourself or your loved ones, or a cause you want to support. And because...

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Divorce
divorce planning

What Divorce Planning Insights Should You Know About

The costs of raising your child from birth to the age of maturity in your state have become increasingly more expensive, with estimates of...

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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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Investment
learn with caution

Listen Learn But With Caution

We have never in our lifetimes had more financial information at our fingertips than we do today. Financial advice is dished out in 60 second...

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Estate Planning
Estate Planning

Estate Planning for the Middle Class-Part I

Part I: What is it? Why do I need it?Everyone has an estate, regardless of size: it is just the total of your assets and liabilit...

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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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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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Buying a Home
mortgage

Shopping for a Mortgage

A mortgage is a long-term loan that a homebuyer obtains from a bank, savings and loan, mortgage broker, online broker or even the property...

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Investment
insurance broker

How to Select an Insurance Broker

Risk management and insurance planning are important parts of the financial planning process. Securing the right insurance begins with...

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Investment
Consumer Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Puts Consumers First

In a recess appointment on January 4th, President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection...

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Retirement
self employed

Retirement Savings Plans for the Self-employed

Choosing to leave a corporate job and become self-employed does not mean you have to leave behind regular contributions to a retirement savings...

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Estate Planning
Part-V

Estate-Planning-for-the-Middle-Class-Part-V

Part V: Charitable GivingThis month we will explore the power and flexibility of charitable giving in crafting an estate plan.  Most people...

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Savings
summer vacation

For a Summer Vacation to Savor Start Saving Now

The calendar says it’s only March, yet there you are, sitting in your office, daydreaming about summer vacation possibilities. Will it be the...

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Retirement
Prioritizing Retirement Decisions

Prioritizing Retirement Decisions

Retirement can be daunting to figure out, because the implications of your choices tend to get magnified. A market drop or negative health...

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Retirement
losing your job

Considerations for Your 401(k) if You Lose Your Job

There are many challenges when you lose your job, including what to do with your 401(k) plan. This article outlines some of the things you...

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Investment
Invest Outside

Invest Outside the Box

Most people consider the Morningstar Style Box, the ubiquitous 9 square grid seen all over financial publications, as the entire spectrum of...

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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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Savings
Vacation Cash

A Guide to Vacation Cash Conservation

Camera, sunscreen, golf clubs, a good book — when it comes to vacation necessities do not forget to bring along your wise spending habits. They...

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Investment
overcoming fear

Overcoming Fear to Find Bargains

Behavioral finance is a relatively new field of study that blends economics with psychology by studying the decision making process. It is...

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Investment
Free Lunch Seminars

Questions To Ask at Free Lunch Seminars

Long before Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud, many Americans would often be invited to free-lunch seminars to...

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College
graduates and parents

A Guide for Graduates and Their Parents

Have a child graduating from high school or college soon? Go ahead, pat yourself and your youngster on the back for a job well done. But with...

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Retirement
Preparing for Retirement

Coming Of Age Retirement Age

As our baby boomer population starts contemplating the day they will leave the workplace, they begin to realize that there are a lot of...

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Investment
Stayed Course

What if You Had Stayed the Course?

As I was thinking about what topic to write about for my blog that you are reading now, the market pundits pointed out that the Dow Jones...

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Investment
Investment Abuses

Common Investment Abuses

Everyone that hasn't been lost at sea for the past few years has heard of Bernie Madoff. What we typically see in the news are cases of...

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Estate Planning
getting set for retirement

Are You All Set?

Several years ago I was asked to give a retirement seminar to my family at a reunion. This was a little strange for me because, as the second...

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Investment
Planning Problems

Videos of The 6 Biggest Financial Planning Problems

I feel that a picture’s worth 1000 words and a video clip is worth 1000 pictures. So I’m putting this blog together to show you the 6 things to...

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Retirement
planning documents retiree

10 Essential Documents for Retirement

When planning for retirement, most people focus on saving, and rightly so. Having enough money to fund your retirement dreams is a key element...

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Retirement
Financial Confidence in Retirement

Financial Confidence in Retirement

As more Baby Boomers approach their Golden Years they are faced with a plethora of challenges. Especially for those with greater resources, the...

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