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Saturday 01/07/2017
Finances should be on your new year resolutions list
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 9:49 am

We’ve opened the door to 2017, so you might be thinking about some New Year’s resolutions. What’s on your list this year? More visits to the gym? Learning a new language? Mastering the perfect beef bourguignon?

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Getting ready to retire? Here are things to double-check
Updated: December 28, 2016 - 8:22 pm

“to do lists” can be helpful tools for organizing your activities in the near future. But have you ever thought of developing a “to do” list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement?

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Now is the time to review - and preview - your investment strategies
Posted: December 20, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, you may well be busier than usual. However, by spending a few minutes reviewing your investment scenario of this past year, you can see where you’ve been, where you might be going, and what you need to do to keep moving forward toward your long-term financial goals.

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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Long-term care must be factored into your retirement savings
Posted: December 06, 2016

How much money will you need in retirement? To arrive at an estimate, you should consider various factors, such as where you’ll live, how much you plan to travel, and so on.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Financial website says Phoenix residents should be careful with gift budget this year
Posted: November 23, 2016

If you're expecting a Christmas gift from an Arizonan this year, you might want to hope it's coming from someone in Gilbert and not Tucson.

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Monday 11/07/2016
Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees
Posted: November 07, 2016

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and adjust your investment strategy from “offense” to “defense”?

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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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