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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

Monday, May 16, 2022

To help you prepare for the cost of college, there are options to help you save. Planning ahead for college savings can keep you from resorting to using your retirement funds for education spending when the time comes.

Monday, May 9, 2022

When you’re ready to start thinking about saving for your kids’ college funds, it’s time to learn about the different types of education-based savings accounts. Here are three of the most common options.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Explore a 529 Plan and how the tax benefits of this plan could make it the right choice for your family.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Many parents today suffer from sticker shock when they learn what it costs to send their children to college. While the cost of college can be a hard pill to swallow, it’s never too early to get familiar with a 529 college savings plan.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The importance of having a savings plan can’t be stressed enough. Here are three simple things you can do right now to start saving more.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Americans are living longer than ever and that, of course, means they need more and more retirement savings.

Monday, April 4, 2022

There are many ways to start saving, even if you start out small, that can increase your net worth without significantly altering your current quality of life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

While many of you will be “going green” on the 17th of March, Leprechauns have their eyes set on gold. Find out how much a pot of gold is worth and why it might not be wise to invest like a leprechaun.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

It’s easy to get excited reading the news. With all of the storm and stress of the last few years, it’s only natural to react to each ping of our phone’s news apps with a deep sigh and a cynical “what now?”

Monday, February 28, 2022

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Determining the right type of life insurance for your family’s needs can be confusing and complex. Do you need term, permanent, or a combination of the two? Do you need whole, universal, or variable life? Term insurance is...

Monday, February 7, 2022

Tax returns must be filed on April 15 of every year unless an extension is filed or if April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday.   A quick reference for what to expect with your tax forms: W-2 (Employment income) and 1099...

Monday, February 7, 2022

Most people are aware of the typical life events that trigger a need for life insurance, such as marriage, the birth of a child, or the purchase of a home. But life insurance can also help with other important financial needs: Life...

Monday, January 31, 2022

Make sure you’re taking advantage of opportunities to reduce your tax liability. That begins with understanding the “ADCs” of reducing your tax burden: Avoid, Defer, or Convert.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Whether you’re getting married or divorced, welcoming a new baby, sending a child off to college, changing jobs, or retiring, most life events have tax implications. While some of these events result in welcome new credits and deductions, o

Monday, January 17, 2022

Tax planning is a part of our ongoing process that should continue beyond tax season. Working together can help avoid surprises and take advantage of provisions that can help you manage your tax exposure.

Monday, January 10, 2022

No matter how simple or complex your business, tax considerations are central to many important decisions: how you structure your business, how you pay yourself, whether to buy or lease office space and equipment, and more.

Monday, January 3, 2022

People often view financial guidance as investment guidance. However, there’s a big difference between simply managing your investment portfolio and taking a holistic approach to coordinating your entire financial picture.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Turning 65 means you’re now eligible to receive Medicare benefits. But sorting through the Medicare alphabet can be challenging. How do you get started and what do you need to know before you enroll? The first step is to visit...

Thursday, December 16, 2021

2021 was the hangover from the year that we still can’t believe actually happened. Life started to feel more normal (whatever that means anymore!) but we still wonder if this is the new normal that we should accept as reality....

Monday, December 13, 2021

Whether you’re receiving Medicare benefits now, or will begin soon, it’s important to understand how income-based premiums are calculated for Medicare Parts B and D. Your premium is determined by your modified...

Monday, December 6, 2021

Right about now you’re probably thinking time flies—and it does! Many people aren’t aware that the best time to begin planning for and learning about their Medicare options, eligibility, and enrollment requirements...

Monday, November 29, 2021

If shopping without braving crowds and weather sounds attractive, you’re not alone—the amount of shopping done online is constantly going up. And as you can imagine, when online shopping increases, online fraud does, too....

Monday, November 22, 2021

There’s good news for the growing number of Americans approaching retirement age who are ready to scale back, but aren’t ready to completely stop working: Work-from-home jobs give you more options than ever before, whether...

Monday, November 15, 2021

Managing your retirement income and Medicare costs can be confusing. For instance:Most people who are eligible to receive Medicare benefits pay no premium for Medicare Part A. However, Medicare Parts B, C, D, and Medigap charge...

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Social Security Announces the Largest COLA Increase in 40 YearsThe Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in four decades. For Americans receiving Social Security benefits,...

Monday, November 8, 2021

USE THESE YEAR-END TAX PLANNING TIPS Everybody wants to save on their taxes. If you think tax-saving strategies are too complicated, you could be missing out on tax savings. There are a few simple tax-saving strategies available to...

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Medicare’s annual open enrollment period begins October 15 and ends December 7. During this time, current Medicare beneficiaries have the option to adjust their coverage for the coming year. Any changes to your plan will go into...

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

To help raise revenue to pay for President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan, Congress is considering a number of tax law changes, including adjusting estate taxes.One of the proposals would reduce the estate tax exemption to...

Saturday, October 30, 2021

What Does Your Credit Score Say About Your Financial Health?Your credit score, the three-digit number lenders use to help measure your credit worthiness, has the power to save—or cost you—thousands of dollars in interest...

Thursday, October 21, 2021

It’s not too late to get a handle on spending. Begin with these tips:Develop a holiday spending budget—Whether you plan to travel, host or attend holiday parties, shop for friends and family members, or all the above, a...

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Do you control your finances, or do your finances control you? If you’re like many people, today’s rapidly changing economic picture and frantic pace of everyday life prevent you from effectively working toward pursuing...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Creating an estate plan is an essential component of your financial life, but one that can lead to uncomfortable conversations. For one, it forces us to discuss that none of us will live forever. And, it may reveal details about your...

Monday, September 20, 2021

How Technology Is Making It Easier and More Cost Effective for Retirees to Age in PlaceAccording to a recent national survey, 90% of adults, age 50 or older, say they want to remain in their current homes as they age. The survey also...

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us IN THE ROOM with Heroes of 9/11. If you’d like to watch the discussion again, or if you were unable to join us, the replay is available for you to view until October 9, 2021. To access the replay:If you...

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Many of you know that my dad started Balanced Financial Concepts in 1987. If you haven't heard The American Dream story, READ IT HERE. I joined the firm in 2009 and quickly began to learn how to provide customized financial guidance to...

Sunday, August 8, 2021

4 Things You Can Do About Rising InflationIn June, the Consumer Price Index, which measures the change in the prices of a broad range of goods and services over time, rose 5.4% from a year earlier, marking the sharpest increase in...

Thursday, August 5, 2021

We are living in a pivotal moment of American history, and there’s one word that best sums up our hope and optimism: resiliency.It’s in this spirit that I’d like to invite you and your family to join me IN THE ROOM...

Friday, June 11, 2021

4 Reasons to Consider Selling Your Business in 2021Like many business owners, you may have spent more time over the last year focused on keeping your businesses afloat and navigating rapidly changing public health orders, rather than...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On Thursday, June 17, you and your family are invited to join us for an invitation-only conversation and performance with a legend in the making: Leslie Odom, Jr.Get your digital front-row seat as Leslie shares his journey to success...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

We recently hosted our first IN THE ROOM virtual event featuring Ben Bernake. If you missed it or would like to watch it again, the replay is available for you to view until April 18, 2021. To access the replay: If you registered in...

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Cetera Advanced Planning Group has released an overview of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This provides explanation and analysis on how this may affect your financial planning interests.This overview provides information...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Unbelievably, we’re now one year since the Coronavirus (now affectionately called COVID-19) pandemic forced us to change the way we see the world and the way we go about our lives. As we look back on what I hope is just...

Monday, March 22, 2021

Friends, A few tax updates as we welcome Spring: IRS has extended the 2020 tax filing and payment deadline to May 17. Here is the official announcement, though IRS will provide further guidance soon: https://www.irs...

Monday, March 8, 2021

3 Ways to Boost Cash Reserves in RetirementHow would you pay for an unanticipated home or car repair, medical emergency, or other expense? A recent study indicates that fewer than 4 in 10 Americans have enough savings to pay for an...