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New Rules for 529 Plans

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Chief Investment Officer Within the 130 pages of the SECURE 2.0 Act, a small section can be found that outlines one’s ability to use a 529 plan for more than just educational expenses. This section strengthens the benefits of contributing to a 529 plan, but this time the...
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Naming Beneficiaries on Retirement Accounts Under the SECURE Act

Naming Beneficiaries on Retirement Accounts Under the SECURE Act An interview with Katherine A. Southard, Esq. On December 20, 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, and then on December 29, 2022, the SECURE 2.0 Act (the Act) was signed into law, creating major changes for IRA Beneficiaries. More...
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Financial Planning for Couples

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager The National Retail Federation estimates that 52% of American’s plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, and the average consumer will spend $192.80, totaling nearly $25.9 billion in gifts. When you think about romance, personal finance is rarely what comes to mind. But whether you celebrate or not, Valentine’s Day...
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4 Key Financial Lessons from the Last Recession

By Rosanne Rogé, CSA™, RFG℠, CFP® Managing Director If you’re above a certain age, you probably have strong memories of the last two recessions, the housing crash in 2007/2008, and the economic shutdown in 2020. You likely remember feeling a high degree of fear, anxiety, and stress over the economic uncertainty you experienced during previous...
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Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Vehicle?

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer One of the most frequent questions we get from our clients is whether they should lease or buy their next vehicle. It can quickly and decisively be answered with, “it depends.” There are several factors to consider prior to deciding on your...
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Is Inflation the Problem?

By Ronald W. Rogé, MS, CFP® Chairman & CEO The Federal Reserve has begun to raise interest rates in its effort to combat inflation in the U.S. which is currently 8.3%. The inflation rate in the United States has averaged 3.26% from 1914 until 2022. We did some research on the cause of each U.S....
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What to Do When Laid Off

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Chief Investment Officer As companies struggle to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and many shift from brick-and-mortar based businesses to hybrid or virtual, thousands of people have lost their jobs. According to PEW Research Center, the pandemic has caused layoffs for a quarter of U.S. adults, and a third...
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Rosanne Rogé Featured in Recent CNBC Article

R.W. Rogé & Company, Inc. Managing Director, Rosanne Rogé, CSATM, RFGSM, CFP®, was recently featured in an article titled “Waiting to talk finance with an aging parent in cognitive decline is a mistake, experts say.” The article was featured on CNBC and discusses the importance of addressing parents aging needs early on. To view the...
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529 Plans: More Than the Gift of Education, an Estate and Tax Planning Oasis

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer Giving the gift of education is a wonderful endeavor, and a frequent financial planning goal of our clients. For those not familiar, a 529 plan is a state administered, tax-advantaged educational savings account in which you would ideally contribute after-tax money to...
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