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Seven Financial Actions to Consider Before 2017

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Seven Financial Actions to Consider Before 2017

Published by Scott Ford The last months of the year are always hectic due to the holidays, end-of-the-year projects at work, and, in terms of this year, a heated presidential election. While you likely have plenty on your plate, don’t neglect your financial strategies. Review these seven actions you should consider before January 1st.

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Conviction: A Portfolio Manager’s Secret Weapon

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Conviction: A Portfolio Manager’s Secret Weapon

Published by Rob Furlong, Co-Portfolio Manager, and the Carson Group Partners Investment Committee Each year I serve as a coach to a local college team competing in the CFA Society’s Annual Investment Challenge. Over the next several weeks, I’ll meet with this year’s team to offer advice on how to prepare and present an equity analysis on this year’s company. Every year I’m impressed and encouraged by the curiosity of the students.

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Millennials

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Millennials

Is a million dollars enough to last a lifetime? Many often think they have enough to live on until they plan to retire; however, they don’t consider the lifestyle they want to live post-retirement. View our infographic here to quantify a million. Click here to open fullscreen

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Reviewing and Updating Your Estate Plan

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Reviewing and Updating Your Estate Plan

It’s been a couple of years since I last wrote about the need to review and update your estate plan. A lot can happen in only a couple of years – marriage, purchase of a new home, the birth of a child. My particular situation involves two out of the three life events listed above. As a former practicing estate planning attorney, you can bet I have updated my estate plan (including updating beneficiaries on Transfer on Death/Payable on Death accounts) to reflect these life events.

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Estate Planning

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Estate Planning

Many often think estate planning only benefits the wealthy, but this is a common misconception. View our infographic here to see what you need to engage in! Click here to open fullscreen

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What is the Difference Between a Will & Trust?

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What is the Difference Between a Will & Trust?

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth & Estate Planning Estate plans can be structured differently depending on a person’s situation and intentions.  What is the difference between a will and a trust? A will and a trust are separate documents to pass assets to heirs after death, but they are administered differently and have varying advantages.

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Back 2 Basics

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Back 2 Basics

Check out this infographic for 12 Simple Financial Tips that are important to remember but easy to forget! Click here to open fullscreen

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Disciplined Investment Process

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Disciplined Investment Process

As an investor are you following a disciplined investment process or are you lacking a measurable strategy in your investment decisions? Consider your long-term investment objectives. As the markets go up and down, it can be challenging to keep your emotions in check if you are not following a defined, repeatable process. The key is to stay true to your process rather than chasing fads. These key tenants can help you follow a disciplined investment process and remove emotional decisions to help you stick to your long-term objectives. Click here to open fullscreen

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4 Challenges During Retirement

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4 Challenges During Retirement

No matter how well-prepared you may feel for life in retirement, none of us is immune to the challenges presented by market volatility, rising taxes and inflation and longevity. Fluctuations in the financial markets, interest rates and the value of the dollar affect the price of the goods and services you use, which in turn has a direct impact on your wallet. The good news is that with proper planning you can develop strategies to minimize the following risk factors that threaten to erode your income in retirement. Click here to open fullscreen

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Understanding 529 Plans

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Understanding 529 Plans

Named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, 529 plans are investment accounts used to pay for a beneficiary’s college expenses and are usually opened many years before the beneficiary reaches college age. Check out this infographic for some interesting statistics about 529 Plans. Click here to open fullscreen

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