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Women Want More From Financial Advisors

Two-thirds of the world’s wealth will be held by women by 2030, estimates say. While men still make most of the investing decisions, women continue to narrow the gap.  In 2008, women controlled about 23% of the world’s wealth on average.  By 2009, that number had grown to 27%, with $20 trillion worldwide in the […]

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Time is Running Out To Fund Your IRA …..

Don’t Forget …. You have only until Tuesday, April 17 to fund your Traditional IRA or Roth IRA account for the 2011 tax year.  This is a “use it or lose it” opportunity to put money where the IRS won’t tax it for many, many years, or will never tax it, in the case of Roth IRA […]

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5-Minute Fix: Are You Saving Enough to Meet Your Goals?

No time to spare?  Don’t worry.  The “5-Minute Fix” shows you how to have a big impact in your financial life with just a little time. Okay.  So you are putting away a little bit of money every paycheck into your 401(k).  Or maybe you contribute to your Roth IRA.  But how do you know if it’s enough? […]

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Start Saving Early … Or It May Cost You

You probably already know that one of the keys to successful financial planning is to “start early.” There’s a good reason for that.  If you start saving in your 20s or 30s, and let your money compound over time, you don’t need to save that much.  However, if you delay until you are in your 40s or […]

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Quote of the Week: Money is Just a Tool

“It’s not about money.  It’s about living.  Money is just a tool to help you live your best life.” Kara McGuire, “Seven money tips to learn and live by“ Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 2012  

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Last Call for Refinancing?

If you are standing on the sidelines waiting to refinance, don’t wait too much longer.  Rates are at historic lows.  “This is an excellent time to refinance,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com, in a February 2012 Wall Street Journal  interview.  If you can’t decide if a refi is right for you, here’s some factors to keep […]

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Young Singles: Already Behind at the Savings Game?

Singles are surging.  They number almost 100 million and make up 43% of the adult population in the United States. But therein lies a problem, at least when it comes to retirement savings.   Young singles (between the ages of 22 and 35) are about half as likely to open a retirement savings account and save for the future as their married […]

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What’s Next for Long Term Care Insurance?

Solving the long-term care puzzle is one of the most challenging problems our clients face.  Most people are aware of the very high cost of long-term care, and understand the potentially devastating impact on their finances.  However, they also know that long-term care insurance can be expensive, policy premiums can go up over time, and not everyone can even qualify for coverage. […]

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5-Minute Fix: Getting Free Money From Your 401(k)

No time to spare?  Don’t worry.  The “5-Minute Fix” shows you how to have a big impact in your financial life with just a little time. If you are not putting enough money in your 401(k) to get the maximum employer match, you are absolutely leaving free money on the table. 29% of all workers do not contribute […]

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Quote of the Week: Lowering Your Investment Expectations

“You still have a lot of people expecting 8% or 10% a year from stocks or even from balanced portfolios.  That’s naive.” Robert D. Arnott, founder of Research Affiliates LLC, Newport Beach, California, and portfolio manager for Pimco  funds, as quoted in “Bad News for Boomers,” Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2012  

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