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Building Financial Intelligence for the Female Investor

Perhaps you, like many women, have 1001 tasks on your plate, like managing your career, raising children, and caring for aging loved ones.  Those responsibilities can push financial decision making to the bottom of your to-do list. Growing your financial knowledge allows you to protect yourself – both for your ideal retirement, and in the case of unexpected life events.  Building relationships with professionals you trust and gaining a working understanding of financial planning basics

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Recession 2022: Prepare your Finances for Any Scenario

Between the rising gas prices and the conflict in Ukraine, even the most optimistic among us are feeling a bit of anxiety. Recent stock market volatility has contributed to the worries. Spokespeople in the media have begun to talk about entering bear market territory. Has the Fed done so much to combat inflation that the economy is headed into Recession 2022 instead? It is true that the U.S. has successfully produced economic rebounds in the

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Balancing Special Needs Planning with Your Retirement

Parents with a special needs child have many of the same wishes as all other parents. They want to make memories, do the best for their family, and prepare their child for the future. They also hope to retire one day with a measure of financial peace of mind. When there’s a will, there’s a way — and that is true of financial planning for families with special needs. It is true that unique circumstances

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Charitable Giving Strategies Beyond Cash

How will you support your favorite charity this year? A donation by cash or check is always appreciated, and many people do that every year. According to a survey from LendingTree, more than half of Americans (56 percent) donated an average of $574 [1]. Giving money is great; however, sometimes families look for other options to help the organizations they wish to support. There are several charitable giving strategies that don’t involve money. In this

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Balancing Financial Planning for College with Other Goals

Are you planning to help your children with getting a degree someday? Financial planning for college has become a big priority for many American households. However, with education expenses on the rise, the total price tag may be much larger than you think. The average cost of attending a public college is $27,330 for in-state students, $44,150 for out-of-state students, and $55,800 for a private school per year.[1] Add to that other major expenses like

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How to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Money

Every adult wants the best for their aging parents. Can they use a hand getting Mom’s car to a shop? Do they need help finding a contractor to fix a leaky roof? Should you line up grocery deliveries while Dad is recovering from surgery? However, one topic that can be particularly difficult to broach is finances. It’s easy to see why some people may see conversations about money as being taboo. And, of course, the

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