Financial Health 101

5 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Financial Advisors

5 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Financial Advisors

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO Searching for a financial advisor can be really confusing. There are so many different types of professionals who call themselves advisors, as well as various designations and certifications to decode. For most investors, putting these puzzle pieces together to gain a coherent picture of a professional...
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Protecting Your Investments from Conflicts of Interest

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO While many investors may not be aware of the Department of Labors (DOL) six-year battle to establish a fiduciary standard for anyone providing investment advice on retirement accounts, they are surely aware that President Donald Trump has issued a memorandum aimed at delaying these efforts. On...
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2017 Financial Goals

Realistic Resolutions for Millennials

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO Although we are a few weeks into the New Year, the pressure to eat healthier, improve yourself, volunteer, and spend more time with family is still palpable. New Year’s resolutions have been around since Babylonian times, and at the start of the 21st century in the...
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Student Loans

How Student Loan Repayment Fits Into a Financial Plan

By: Christopher R. Wills, CPA, CFA®, CFP® Years ago most students could work a part-time job while attending college and graduate debt-free. Today, student loans are essentially a guarantee, and depending on things like financial aid, 529 plans and scholarships, a college education could end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Don’t get discouraged...
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DIY

Financial Planning: Should You Do It Yourself?

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.” Red Adair, American Oil Well Firefighter (1915-2004) Google the words “Do It Yourself” and your screen will flood with articles and videos about building outdoor furniture, fixing leaky faucets, and crafting...
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Certified Financial Planner

What Is a CFP®?

By: Jeffrey Roberto, CFP®, CMFC®, MBA Director of Business Development and Client Services Strangely enough, the first question I hear from prospective clients usually is not, “When can I retire?” or “How much should I be putting into my child’s college fund?” Instead, after looking at my business card, they usually say: “What do all...
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Halloween

Facing Your Financial Fears

By: Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO With Halloween quickly approaching, we thought it would be fun to sit around the virtual campfire, and talk about certain aspects of finance that some folks find particularly spooky. Don’t be too frightened though! We’ve also come up with solutions for these scary situations to help...
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FINANCIAL CONCERNS & SOLUTIONS

Four Common Financial Concerns and Solutions

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO It can be easy to overlook your financial future when you’re busy living your life.  However, it is important to consider how you want your life to look down the road, and how to turn that vision into a reality by planning strategically.  Here are some...
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butterfly

Who Needs Financial Advice?

By Kelley Caponigro Assistant to the Chairman & CEO Words like retirement, investing and insurance are usually associated with financial advice. But what about topics like birth, relocation or starting a business? It’s astounding how many common life events are overlooked that could greatly benefit from professional financial advice. We’ve come up with a list...
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