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The 2021 Child Tax Credit: An Overview

Every year, the Child Tax Credit reduces the tax liability of American parents. If it lowers their tax burden below zero, it can even put money in their pockets. The credit’s size increased following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. And now, thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it’s even…

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4 Risks That Can Impact Your Retirement

Even with careful planning and diligent saving, some parts of retirement planning are out of your control. Here’s a look at four common retirement risks and how to address them. 1. Longer Life Expectancy There are many benefits to living longer, but it also means carefully considering strategies to avoid outliving your savings. You are…

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5 Tips for Reviewing an Early Retirement Offer

You’ve spent years planning and saving for your retirement. And then, out of the blue, your employer hands you an early retirement offer that could change everything. An early retirement, or “voluntary severance,” offer is a financial incentive to resign that an employer may offer to senior employees when they need to reduce payroll costs.…

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Discover All That Life Insurance Can Offer

If your emotions tend to become solemn when you consider life insurance, we get it. Many of us only think of life insurance as a tool to support our families if we were to unexpectedly pass away — and none of us wants to think about that. But the reality is life insurance can be…

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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Financial Advisor

When it comes to your financial future, finding the right advisor is a major life decision that can impact the trajectory of your finances throughout your lifetime. Finding the right person can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. That said, here are three questions you should always ask. 1. What are your credentials? Our industry…

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Life Insurance As An Asset Class

When asked to list out the different assets that they own, people typically respond with real estate, vehicles, retirement accounts, bank accounts, and other investments. And sometimes they forget to list life insurance policies. Life insurance, as an asset class, can come in very handy, especially for higher-income earners. It’s one of the only places…

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Breaking Down IRAs

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are a type of tax-advantaged account that can help you boost your retirement savings. The most common IRAs you’ll choose from are traditional and Roth IRAs. Both are designed for long-term growth, but there are some key differences, including how your contributions are taxed and when you can withdraw funds. Here…

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How to Take Roth IRA Withdrawals

We are often asked about Roth IRAs, taxes, and inheritance. We want to share an article from a mentor and coach*, Ed Slott. In this article, he’s answering a question specifically about leaving a Roth IRA from a grandparent to a grandchild. How long will they have to take the money out? And will the…

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Short-Term Investing

When you think about short-term investing what comes to mind? We talk about long-term investing strategies regularly, but in this video we walk you through short-term investing. A short-term investment typically seeks to protect capital while generating returns. For many people there are various short-terms inside of a larger long-term. Your financial life is not…

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SECURE Act 2.0: What Changes Can We Expect?

There is another bill making the rounds in Congress called the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021. It has been nicknamed the SECURE Act 2.0. What changes could we see if this second act passes? IRA owners will be able to wait until the age of 75 to begin taking their Required Minimum Distributions…

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