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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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The Cost of Emotions in Financial Decisions

You might think that the hardest financial decisions are knowing which investments to pick, mitigating downside risk, or understanding how taxes might impact your returns. But there is one thing that can derail your investment portfolio even faster than poor investment choices and tax mistakes. That is the voice inside your head. On the surface, our daily thoughts and emotions may seem trivial. However, they can trick us into chasing after investments that don’t make

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529 Plans Redux

Each year on May 29 the calendar reminds us of the 529 educational savings plan, and opportunities to fund the plan.  However, many people funded 529 plans years ago and are now ready to withdraw the funds for their intended use. Distributed properly, all the earnings in the plan can be income tax free as long as the funds are used for Qualified Higher Education Expenses (QHEE).  However, as is sometimes the case, the devil

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Planning in Advance of Grief and Loss” Podcast Part 1

Who takes the lead in your financial relationships? Every family unit includes people with different areas of comfort in financial decision making. In times of loss, it becomes vital that survivors know enough about the family finances to take the reins when necessary. This podcast features SYM’s Andy Popenfoose and Sarah Delahanty.

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