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Helpful Content

Put It in a Letter

Put It in a Letter

A letter of instruction provides additional and more personal information regarding your estate.

How Income Taxes Work

How Income Taxes Work

A quick look at how federal income taxes work.

Tax Deductions You Won't Believe

Tax Deductions You Won't Believe

Here are some examples of deductions from the IRS that were permitted and some that were, uh, too creative.

 

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Here are six flags that may make your tax return prime for an IRS audit.

The Anatomy of an Index

The S&P 500 represents a large portion of the value of the U.S. equity market, it may be worth understanding.

Test Your Estate Strategy Knowledge

Estate management can help ensure that your assets are transferred according to your wishes while managing tax issues.

Changing Unhealthy Behaviors

Five phases to changing unhealthy behaviors.

Year-End Charitable Gifting and You

This article may help you maximize the benefits of your donation for your chosen charity.

A Primer on Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

Irrevocable life insurance trusts can be important tools that may accomplish a number of estate objectives.

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Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

Inflation & Retirement

Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Federal Income Tax

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

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

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Extended Care: A Patchwork of Possibilities

What is your plan for health care during retirement?

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

Rightsizing for Retirement

What does your home really cost?

The Business Cycle

How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

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