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On The Road With Fido And Fluffy

Love your pet ❤️? There’s about 85 million households in the U.S. that do. And with warmer weather on the way, it may soon be time to take Fido, Fluffy or Princess on the road, or maybe on a plane trip. But how do you know where your four-legged friend will be welcomed like the […]

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Don’t Overpay The IRS When Making Charitable Gifts

The one thing people never want to do is overpay Uncle Sam when they file their taxes. Unfortunately, that’s easy to do if you’re reporting charitable gifts made from your IRA (that’s a technique called a QCD or Qualified Charitable Distribution). We have several clients who used this technique last year as a way to […]

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Learning From A Pro: Investing In Real Estate

Quick shout out to my college friend Cliff Hockley (CMC ’79) on his new book “Successful Real Estate Investing: Invest Wisely, Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Money.” It’s entertaining and insightful; must-reading for both new and experienced real estate investors. The book is organized into short, easy-to-read chapters with real life examples of real estate […]

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What We Can All Learn From Luke Perry’s Untimely Death

Even if you never watched the 90’s hit show “Beverly Hills 90210,” it’s hard not to be shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of actor Luke Perry, age 52, who died after suffering a massive stroke earlier this week. The unexpected death of a favorite celebrity helps drive home what it means to be truly […]

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Raising Money Smart Kids? All You Have To Do Is Talk To Them

Want to raise money smart kids? The secret might by hiding around your dining room table. It seems that students who speak with their parents at least once or twice a month about money matters have better financial literacy scores than those who said they hardly or never speak with their parents about money.  That […]

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Top 529 College Plans: Who Gets The Gold?

We told you in a blog article last month that saving for college using a 529 college savings plan could be one of your smartest moves for the New Year. In fact, independent investment research firm Morningstar estimates that by the time children are ready for college, American households would collectively have $237 billion more in assets if they relied on 529 plans to save […]

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Quote Of The Week: When You Need Help Planning Your Retirement

“It’s smart to seek out (and pay for) professional help when you’re confronted with a financial situation you haven’t seen before and truly can’t handle yourself. And if any situation meets that criterion for most people, it’s retirement. Retirement really is a huge life change. You’re in uncharted territory, and it’s OK to admit you […]

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Breaking The Ceiling: Women Financial Advisors Network In Miami

We had a fabulous time last Thursday night down in Miami. Our hostesses Sheetal Brown and Amy Lynch of FIDELITY CLEARING & CUSTODY SOLUTIONS® and Elizabeth Bucklee of Blackrock sponsored their annual women’s financial networking event at the Epic Hotel. This is the fifth consecutive event. Sometimes we see familiar friends and faces joining us […]

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Travel Insurance: Why You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without It

“Medicare doesn’t cover medical costs outside the U.S.” That’s a good reminder from retirement expert Mary Beth Franklin on why you need travel insurance if you’re 65+. Mary Beth spent years at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and started a late-in-life second career as a Certified Financial Planner and Social Security expert. Travel insurance, says Mary […]

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