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The Gift of Financial Education: Sustaining Generational Wealth

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager A study conducted by the Williams Group found that a staggering 70% of wealthy families lose their wealth by the next generation, with 90% losing it the generation after that. Another study found that 78% of wealthy individuals feel that their heirs are not financially responsible enough to handle an...
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Debunking the Social Security Myth: Will it Run Out by 2035?

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager The “death of social security” has been reported for decades, but the latest headlines threaten it to run out by 2035 – a mere 12 years from now. Is it fearmongering, or should you be legitimately concerned? Let’s dive into several topics surrounding this rumor, its origins, and find out...
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How Life Changes Affect Your Financial Planning Needs

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager As you navigate through the different phases of life, your financial needs and priorities undergo significant transformations. From adolescence to retirement, each stage presents unique challenges and opportunities. One of the keys to financial stability and success lies in recognizing and adapting to these changing circumstances. As a fee-only financial...
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2023: An Earth Odyssey

By Ronald W. Rogé, MS, CFP® Chairman & CEO “I am sorry Dave. I am afraid I can’t do that,” HAL calmly says to Dr. David Bowman who is locked out of his spaceship, in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). If you have been watching or listening to the news media these past...
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6 Essential Strategies for High Income Earners to Protect Wealth

Protecting Your Wealth: 6 Essential Strategies for High Income Earners

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager As a high-income earner, protecting and preserving your financial resources requires a comprehensive approach. Your strategy might encompass various legal, financial, and personal considerations, as well as both proactive strategies and reactive precautions. Outlined below are several key actions and practical steps that must be taken so you can safeguard...
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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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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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The Secure 2.0 Act: What You Need to Know

By Kelley Muhsemann Marketing Manager The Secure 2.0 Act was signed into law on December 29, 2022, and is designed to improve retirement savings options. The Act gives retirees 72 and under an extra year before having to withdraw money from their retirement accounts, but the updates can also benefit pre-retirees. Here’s what you need...
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What is Inflation and Is it Here to Stay?

By Steven M. Rogé, MBA, CFP®, AIF® Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Although we had high hopes that the unpredictability of our economy would have waned by now, 2022 has proven to be one of the most unpredictable years of this last decade. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was right when he announced that...
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