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Time for a Financial Plan Tune-up

No matter where you are in life, your financial plan – like your favorite automobile – requires regular maintenance to keep you on track for financial success. And since June is the halfway point of every year, it’s a great time to review your plan and make any necessary changes. Here are a few key things to consider: • Do your designated beneficiaries need to change due to the birth of a child, adoption or divorce? • Has there been…
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The Building Blocks of a Financial Legacy

When it comes to your finances – as it is with many things in life – it can be good to revisit the topic to keep up with changes or to simply refresh your memory every now and again. April is Financial Literacy Month, a time dedicated to brushing up on the building blocks of all things financial. This is also a great opportunity to educate family members, both young and old, on the basics and the subtleties of managing…
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Credit Traps for the Unwary

It’s hard to imagine functioning in today’s society without access to credit. However, you need to be careful not to fall victim to some of the pitfalls associated with it. Revolving credit can make it hard for you to pay off debt Credit cards allow you to spend money you don’t currently have, and to repay what you’ve spent over time instead of all at once. When you use a card, the balance you owe increases, and your remaining available…
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Valentine’s Day Done the Charitable Way

When you think of Valentine’s Day, what comes to mind? Is it cozying up with your loved one on a park bench, plunging face-first into boxes of assorted chocolates, or classrooms of children exchanging much-sought-after cards and candy? Although the traditional ways we celebrate love on Valentine’s Day are longstanding – with Valentine’s cards outdating Hallmark itself – many of them don’t have a lasting effect on our lives. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, why not…
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Start Your New Year with a Financial Review

As you plan for the year ahead, is an investment checkup leading your list of resolutions? Taking time for a detailed financial review — including retirement planning, college savings, and your tax situation — may help you progress toward your long-term goals. Consider the following items as part of your checkup: Capitalize on tax reductions. If you plan to adjust your investment allocations, make sure you understand the tax consequences of your actions. Taxes on both long-term capital gains —…
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Surviving the Holiday Spending Season…Debt Free

As the traditional giving season approaches, there is one important item to add to your to do list: Create a holiday budget. Before the gift shopping and wrapping begins, take control of your wallet through financial preparation. Remember, you can avoid the credit card crunch and the dangerous pitfall of borrowing against your company’s retirement savings plan or IRAs. Here’s how to establish a holiday wish list and spending budget: Start by determining the total amount of money that you…
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