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February 2016

Apps That Help Achieve Goals

The gap between setting goals and achieving them can be difficult to bridge. To enhance the chances of achieving personal goals, reminders and motivation are essential; making a New Year’s resolution is simply not enough. A number of apps have been developed in recent years to help you pursue your goals and develop better life [...]

Four Really Good Reasons to Invest

Over half of Americans do not own any stocks, or stock-related investments, such as mutual funds, according to Bankrate’s Money Pulse survey.¹ Individuals may cite different reasons for not investing, but with important long-term financial goals, such as retirement, in the balance, the reasons may not be good enough. Why Invest? Make Money on Your [...]

Building Your Legacy

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.¹Shannon L. AlderThe desire to leave a legacy may be the height of altruism for it is a gift to the future, the benefit of which you may never witness, nor ever feel [...]

Measuring the Value of a Financial Advisor

What’s the value of a financial advisor? Two studies found that working with a financial professional can result in higher returns and potentially lower personal stress. Lower Stress Seventy-six percent of people within 15 years of retirement are stressed when thinking about retirement savings and investments.¹ Working with a financial advisor to develop a written [...]

January 2016

The Business Cycle

What has upswings and downturns, troughs, peaks, and plateaus? Though such terms could easily describe a roller coaster ride, in fact they are commonly used to refer to something known as the business cycle. The business cycle — also known as the economic cycle — refers to fluctuations in economic activity over several months or [...]

Does Your Portfolio Fit Your Retirement Lifestyle?

Most portfolios are constructed based on an individual's investment objective, risk tolerance and time horizon. Using these inputs and sophisticated portfolio-optimization calculations, most investors can feel confident that they own a well-diversified portfolio, appropriately positioned to pursue their long-term goals.¹ However, as a retiree, how you choose to live in retirement may be an additional [...]

Succeeding at Business Succession

Inc. magazine reported that 66% of small-business owners have no formal succession plan.¹ While the number may shock you, it is not surprising that many small business owners are consumed by the myriad responsibilities of running their businesses. Nevertheless, owners ignore succession planning at their peril, and possibly at the peril of their heirs. There [...]

How Stocks Work

December 2015

Will Power

Tip: Let Them Know. Your will may be a good place to outline your funeral wishes. Although heirs are not legally bound to follow your directions, they may be glad to know your preferences. According to a recent report, only 34% of American's have a will, which may not be entirely surprising.1 No one wants [...]

Insuring Your Business Against Cyber Liability

One survey found that 44% of small businesses have been a victim of a cyber-attack. And, unbeknownst to 75% of owners, business checking accounts are not protected when it comes to online hacking, unlike consumer accounts.¹ Business owners are also required to protect their customers’ personal information. In 47 states, and the District of Columbia, [...]