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Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Social Security Benefits: How Much Will I Receive

Calculating your potential Social Security benefit is a three-step process.

Investments

Investments

You’ve made investments your whole life. Work with us to help make the most of them.

How Stocks Work

How Stocks Work

Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.

 

Disability and Your Finances

In the event of an unforeseen accident or illness, disability insurance may be a good way to protect your income and savings.

Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Six overlooked tax deductions to help manage your tax bill.

Money Draining Food Myths

These food myths will really put a drain on your wallet.

Important Birthdays Over 50

Here's a look at several birthdays and “half-birthdays” that have implications regarding your retirement income.

The Financial Literacy Crisis

Many Americans are operating their personal finances with only the barest minimum of knowledge.

How Will Working Affect Social Security Benefits?

Knowing the rules may help you decide when to start benefits.

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Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)

This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

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Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

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Once Upon a Goal

Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does.

Emerging Market Opportunities

What are your options for investing in emerging markets?

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.

Jane Bond: Decoding Diversification

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, discovering how bonds diversify a portfolio.

RE: Retirement

How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?

Events on Wall Street

Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.

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