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Adding Clarity to Your Financial Future

In today’s 24-hour news cycle there is a lot of "noise" in the media about investments, financial markets and planning for retirement.  There is good information out there, but there is also a great deal of inaccurate and biased information to be wary of. 

Jumping from one investment theme to another can cause investors to make of "knee-jerk" reactions in managing their investments.  Those quick decisions may make sense or feel good at the time.  However, over time those decisions hurt investors by distracting them from their long-term investment goals and by focusing on what they can't control, rather than what they can control.

Whether you’re considering retirement—or looking to better understand certain investment ideas—I can help you address your most pressing money questions and add clarity to your financial future.

My first priority is your overall financial success. I want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of my foundation for success.

My site is filled with educational videos, articles, presentations, and calculators designed to help you learn more about the world of personal finance. As you search my website, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. I'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer.

Helpful Content

The Financial Literacy Crisis

The Financial Literacy Crisis

Many Americans are operating their personal finances with only the barest minimum of knowledge.

What Smart Investors Know

What Smart Investors Know

Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.

Critical Estate Documents

Critical Estate Documents

Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.

 

Healthy Body, Healthy Pocketbook

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce health-related expenses—and avoid time in the recovery room.

Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

When considering life insurance, it's important to understand your options.

Pay Yourself First

It sounds simple, but paying yourself first can really pay off.

Does Your Child Need to File an Income Tax Return?

When your child has income, there’s a good chance that he or she will need to report it and pay taxes.

An Overview of Renter’s Insurance

Don’t overlook the need for renter’s insurance if you rent your home.

Problems with Probate

Probate can be a completely public process, or it can be managed to include as little information as possible.

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Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

Estimate Your RMD

Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.

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An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

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Retiring the 4% Rule

A portfolio created with your long-term objectives in mind is crucial as you pursue your dream retirement.

A New Way to Look at Your Bucket List

That big list of dreams and goals isn't the only way to look at your bucket list.

Women and Retirement

Women must be ready to spend, on average, more years in retirement than men.

Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

Investments

You’ve made investments your whole life. Work with us to help make the most of them.

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

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