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It’s Almost Open Season: Why You Should Expect Health Care Premiums To Increase In 2022

We’re coming up on open enrollment season at most workplaces, which means you’ll soon have the opportunity to work with your employer to update your health care coverage choices for 2022. (Not to be confused with Open Enrollment for Medicare participants, which takes place October 15 through December 7. We’ll talk about Medicare Open Enrollment […]

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Ask Mari: Social Security Benefits For A Divorced Spouse

For many retirees, deciphering the best Social Security claiming strategy can be incredibly confusing. Social Security has thousands of complex rules and regulations, and policies change over time. In fact, one recent study estimated that the average American household leaves over $110,000 on the table by using the wrong Social Security claiming strategy. That’s why […]

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Quote Of The Week: Why You Need To Talk To Your Daughters About Money

In recognition of International Women’s Day March 8, 2021, women everywhere are encouraged to educate themselves about investing so they can close the earnings and wealth gap between men and women. A better understanding of personal finance will help women provide financially for themselves and their families. Women can also do their share to bring […]

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Quote Of The Week: When Helping The Kids Digs You Into A Hole

Are you worried about carrying too much debt as you near retirement? That’s a common concern of many Americans. Beware of digging yourself into a hole with credit card debt, especially when that debt results from helping adult children enjoy a lifestyle they (and you!) really can’t afford. Here’s what credit experts say: “Older consumers […]

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Free Personal Finance Guide for Military Families

Shout out to Kimberly Lankford, contributing editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and a military spouse. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kim for many years. She’s a first-rate journalist and a dedicated supporter of the military community. Kim is one of the guiding hands behind the newly-released fourth edition of the “Financial Field Manual: […]

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3 Quick Things To Know About Your Credit Score

Your credit score is an important component in your financial life, so keep it in top shape. Here’s 3 quick things to know: Fact #1: The single most important factor affecting your credit score is whether you pay your bills on time. That means paying the minimum payment due on a timely basis. Also important […]

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Wanna Be A Millionaire? Here’s What You Need To Do

What’s the secret to becoming a millionaire? Self-made millionaires clearly know how to make money, and more importantly, most know how to save it and make it grow. That’s how they accumulate wealth. Certified Financial Planner Thomas Corley spent five years researching and talking with 177 self-made millionaires for his book Rich Habits: The Daily Success […]

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Quote Of The Week: Want To Make A Million? Beware Lifestyle Creep

Love this quote from financial writer Sandy Block. It helps explains why the biggest earners we work with aren’t necessarily those with the biggest portfolios… “One of the biggest barriers to reaching the $1 million milestone isn’t a stock market meltdown or even a brief period of unemployment. It’s something financial planners call lifestyle creep – […]

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The 20% Down Myth, And How You Can Now Buy A Home With Much Less

One of the biggest misconceptions about buying a house today is that you need to make a 20% down payment. And let’s face it. That’s holding back a lot of potential homeowners, especially first-time buyers, who just don’t have that much cash in the bank. But the facts are that while a 20% down payment is […]

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