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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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Wednesday 10/14/2015
Let Joe Know: From one scam to another — protect yourself
Updated: December 15, 2015 - 4:15 pm

If you’ve received the Microsoft tech call then you know the drill. Scammers who say your computer has a virus, offering to help you clear it up by remotely accessing your computer. Problem is, once they’re inside, they hold your computer hostage until you wire them money.

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Tuesday 10/06/2015
Financial Focus: When investing, put time on your side
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Now that we’re well into autumn, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The change in seasons reminds us that time is passing — and it’s important to use that time wisely. When used well, in fact, time can be your greatest gift in many walks of life — and that’s certainly true when you invest. 

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Tuesday 09/22/2015
Financial Focus: Taxation of trusts and estates
Posted: September 22, 2015

What is taxation of trusts and estates?

A trust is created when you (the grantor) transfer property to a trustee for the benefit of a third person (the beneficiary). An estate is the assets and liabilities left by a person at death. 

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Thursday 09/17/2015
Financial Focus: The heightened importance of beneficiary naming
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

No one enjoys thinking about the day when they or a loved one will pass away. But if you care how your estate will be dispersed after you’re gone, it’s a topic you need to consider. And for same-sex couples, it can be more complex than for others.

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Tuesday 09/15/2015
Financial Focus: No secrets to investment success
Updated: February 02, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is it timing the market just right? Is it finding those hot stocks or getting in on the “ground floor” of the next big thing?

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Sunday 09/13/2015
Financial Focus: Manage your portfolio, help control your tax bill
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Investors need to consider many factors in the process of choosing investments. 

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Thursday 09/10/2015
Financial Focus: Plant your inheritance within your portfolio
Updated: January 14, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Money can, after all, grow on trees – family trees. And judging by the $8.4 trillion baby boomers are expected to inherit from older generations in coming years, we’re not talking chump change.

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