Tapping Retirement Savings During a Financial Crisis

As the number of COVID-19 cases began to skyrocket in March 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The legislation may make it easier for Americans to access money in their retirement plans, temporarily waiving the 10% early-withdrawal penalty and increasing the amount they could borrow. Understanding these new guidelines and the other rules for loans and early withdrawals may help you determine if they are appropriate options during a financial crisis. (Remember that tapping…
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Six Keys to More Successful Investing

A successful investor maximizes gain and minimizes loss. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully. Long-term compounding can help your nest egg grow It’s the “rolling snowball” effect. Put simply, compounding pays you earnings on your reinvested earnings. The longer you leave your money at work for you, the more exciting…
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Can You Avoid a Layoff?

You may be a dedicated employee who has worked for the same employer for many years, yet you still may be susceptible to getting laid off. Sometimes getting laid off is inevitable, but rarely does a company lay off all of its workers. Usually, it retains those who are most valuable and offer the greatest benefit, sometimes at the least cost. Fortunately, there may be some things you can do to make the decision to lay you off a little…
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How to Manage Your Money While Job Searching

Losing your job can be stressful. In general, most Americans do not have enough liquid money set aside for emergencies. At any point, we as Wealth Advisors recommend having 6-12 months of expenses set aside as liquid money so that you have money to pay all your bills for six months if you have no income coming in. Ideally, this is in an insured money market account. Liquid money is not underneath your mattress, buried in your backyard or in…
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The Stimulus Package – What You Need to Know

On Friday March 27, 2020 Congress approved the $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill in response to COVID-19 to assist tens of millions of American households that are being affected by the virus. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding this Stimulus Bill that we have compiled: Stimulus Payments Q: How large would the payments be? A: Most adults would get $1,200, although some would get less. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment would be an…
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More than Money – Live Chat

With the current dramatic changes surrounding us, your finances may be causing you extra stress and anxiety. We want to change that. Every week on Tuesday at 1pm CST we will be LIVE talking about money and giving you tips and tricks to help you manage your money on a daily basis as well as longer term financial planning. Topics will include estate planning, investing, the market and economy, insurance, protection planning, budgeting, and more. Tune in each week to…
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More than Money – Live Chat

With the current dramatic changes surrounding us, your finances may be causing you extra stress and anxiety. We want to change that. Every week on Tuesday at 1pm CST we will be LIVE talking about money and giving you tips and tricks to help you manage your money on a daily basis as well as longer term financial planning. Topics will include estate planning, investing, the market and economy, insurance, protection planning, budgeting, and more. Tune in each week to…
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More than Money – Live Chat

With the current dramatic changes surrounding us, your finances may be causing you extra stress and anxiety. We want to change that. Every week on Tuesday at 1pm CST we will be LIVE talking about money and giving you tips and tricks to help you manage your money on a daily basis as well as longer term financial planning. Topics will include estate planning, investing, the market and economy, insurance, protection planning, budgeting, and more. Tune in each week to…
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The Struggle We Face With Aging Parents

Recently we have been helping so many clients deal with their parents and estate planning. Coming to the realization that we need to take extra care of our parents later on in life is one of the most difficult things to deal with. It is hard to talk to anyone about money, let alone your parents. Regardless of whether you and your parents have always talked freely about money or never discussed the subject, there are several considerations you may…
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Hindsight in 2020: What Will You Do Differently This Year?

According to a recent survey, 76% of Americans reported having at least one financial regret. Over half of this group said it had to do with savings: 27% didn’t start saving for retirement soon enough, 19% didn’t contribute enough to an emergency fund, and 10% wish they had saved more for college.1 The saving conundrum What’s preventing Americans from saving more? It’s a confluence of factors: stagnant wages over many years; the high cost of housing and college; meeting everyday…
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