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The Power of Financial Planning, Part Three

The third installment in a five-part article series on The Power of Financial Planning explores the many areas of specialization within the field of financial planning, and why it can be in a person’s best interests to work with a

Four Strategies to Reckon with the Stock Market Roller Coaster

After a quiet, steady and sometimes spectacular bull market in 2017, stock market volatility returned with a stomach-churning vengeance early in 2018, conjuring unpleasant memories of the major recession of a decade ago, and reminding investors just how important it

Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin: A Quick Primer for Curious Investors

In early April 2018, The Street, a finance and investing website, ran an article headlined, “Why Cryptocurrency Could Be the Next Frontier in Retirement Investing.” A few days later, an article headlined, “The Scary Truth About Bitcoin and How It

Working Through Tough Financial Issues with Adult Children

If you have grown children, chances are you have first-hand experience wrestling with the complicated, often delicate family dynamics of helping a grown child financially while still trying to meet your own financial obligations and goals. Indeed, those dynamics are

Are You Making the Right Assumptions About Your Money?

Kelvin and Kesha are working with an architect to design their own home, and to do so, they must make certain assumptions. They plan to have children, so their floorplan includes two extra bedrooms. A two-car garage is also a

The Power of Financial Planning, Part Two

What Sets a True Financial Planner Apart from the Crowd The spectrum of professionals who offer financial planning services is a broad one — so broad, in fact, that it can be difficult to define exactly what a “financial planner”

What the New Tax Law Means for Your Wallet, Your Financial Future

It’s not a question of whether the most far-reaching federal tax overhaul in decades will impact you, but how much it will impact you, according to personal finance experts. If you earn an income, if you have money invested in

Kids, Parents and Paying for College: 7 Steps to Striking the Right Balance

If you’re a student who wants to go to college, or you’re the parent of a student with college aspirations, the dollar figures can be daunting. As of 2017, according to the College Board, the average all-in price (including tuition

A Baker’s Dozen for the Bottom Line: 13 Financial Hacks to Save Time, Money and Hassle

People are constantly looking for “hacks”: ways to improve their lives, to do more with less, to find new ways to gain and maintain an edge. It’s called progress, and it’s something human beings seemingly are wired to want and

Financial Planner or CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™? One Word Can Make a World of Difference

Martha and Matt have goals. They want to find the time and the money to travel with their kids. They want to better manage their household finances. They want to help pay for their kids to attend college. They want


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