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Thursday 10/20/2016
This is the week to start better retirement preparation
Posted: October 20, 2016

Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can?

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Tuesday 10/11/2016
Observe Financial Planning Month by examining your goals
Updated: October 12, 2016 - 2:37 pm

October is Financial Planning Month. And now that you know that, why not determine if you’re on the right path toward meeting your financial goals?

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Monday 10/03/2016
Toastmasters can help you listen better and that can help your business
Posted: October 03, 2016

Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

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Tuesday 09/27/2016
To retire early, you need to start getting ready now
Updated: September 29, 2016 - 10:27 am

The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Examine your financial health during open enrollment season
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 11:13 am

It’s open enrollment season, so if you work for a medium- or large-sized company, you will need to make some choices regarding your employee benefits — and these choices can have a big impact on your financial situation.

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Tuesday 09/13/2016
Complain to consumer protection agency to finally stop payday loans
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 11:18 am

Back in 2008, Arizonans voted 2-1 to stop payday lending in our state. Ever since the payday lenders’ defeat at the ballot box, the industry has heavily lobbied to reinstate triple-digit interest rates.

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VA loans offer five big advantages for home-buying vets
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 11:21 am

Tight credit, tougher mortgage lending and flat-lining wages have all breathed new life into the historic VA loan program. Veterans and military families are turning to these flexible, no-down payment loans like never before.

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Tuesday 07/26/2016
Act today to avoid financial regrets tomorrow
Posted: July 26, 2016

“Regrets? I’ve had a few.” – Frank Sinatra.

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Sunday 07/03/2016
Child care cost rivals college tuition, study says
Posted: July 03, 2016

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent Economic Policy Institute report.

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Sunday 06/12/2016
Should you change your investment mix over time?
Posted: June 12, 2016

To be successful at investing, some people think they need to “get in on the ground floor” of the next “big thing.” However, instead of waiting for that one “hot” stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation — a mix of investments — that’s appropriate for your needs, goals and risk tolerance. 

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Saturday 06/04/2016
Which IRA is better for younger workers?
Posted: June 04, 2016

If you’re at the beginning of your career, you might not be thinking too much about the end of it. But even younger workers should be aware of — and saving for — their eventual retirement. And since you’ve got many years until you do retire, you’ve got a lot of options to consider — one of which is whether an IRA may be appropriate for you and, if so, what type. 

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
Financial Focus: What to look for from a financial advisor
Posted: February 02, 2016

There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisors out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you?

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Thursday 01/14/2016
Do important changes to Social Security benefits impact your retirement plans?
Posted: January 14, 2016

With the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 coming into effect, retirees may soon have significantly fewer options when claiming Social Security benefits. This new legislation closed what Congress deemed to be “unintended loopholes.” It’s especially important for couples to be aware of these changes, as they can potentially lead to a significant reduction in benefits. Here’s what you need to know:

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Planning your retirement can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be
Posted: January 14, 2016

True to form, baby boomers are redefining retirement too! The 76 million Americans born from 1946 to 1964 have driven major national trends in their lifetime and are living longer than any previous generation. Today, with the oldest of them having turned 60, some are already retired, or have been forced to retire, and many more are thinking seriously about retirement.

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Friday 12/04/2015
Financial Focus: Are you prepared to handle a personal financial crisis?
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Many people who were once married or in a committed relationship are faced with managing finances alone at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the first time many individuals experience handling complicated financial matters is during a personal crisis following the death or divorce of a spouse or partner.

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Thursday 12/03/2015
Financial Focus: Establishing a philanthropic vision as part of your financial plan
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:40 pm

When it comes to charitable giving, people often put the proverbial cart before the horse by responding to gift requests prior to truly identifying an overall vision, mission and strategy to guide their philanthropic activities and decisions. Like other areas of life, individual decisions become much easier when guided by a greater vision. As you develop your philanthropic vision, consider the following:

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Financial Focus: Maximize the benefits of your charitable giving
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 3:27 pm

It’s certainly the season for giving — and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive.

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Saturday 11/28/2015
Financial Focus: Avoid emotional investment decisions
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 3:27 pm

What’s the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact that you weren’t born rich? Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions.

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Friday 11/20/2015
Financial Focus: Who will manage your health care if you can’t?
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

If you’re not able to advocate for your own health care wishes due to an illness or injury, how can you be sure you get the care you want? If you become hospitalized or enter a long-term care facility, how can you be sure your loved ones have visitation rights, regardless of relationship or sexual orientation?

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Sunday 10/18/2015
Is ‘early’ retirement right for you?
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:40 pm

We often hear the term “early” retirement, but what does that actually mean? Is it in reference to an arbitrary “typical” retirement age, the earliest date eligible for Social Security benefits, a date before pension eligibility or something else? 

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