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  • National 529 Day: What You Need to Know

      College tuition is a big bill to plan for, and even the best savings strategy may leave you struggling to keep pace with the rising cost of higher education. A 529 plan, however, is a different kind of savings plan — one that can not only grow with your child, but helps reduce your […]

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  • Passing on Passwords

    Privacy and password security is a major concern for many people these days. Everywhere we turn someone is trying to invade our privacy or gain access to our accounts. One way we have swayed or thwarted these attacks is to password protect our accounts and other important information. Over time, the increased use of passwords […]

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  • It’s Time for Baby Boomers RMDs!

    In 2016, the first wave of baby boomers turned 70½, and many more reach that milestone in 2017 and 2018. What’s so special about 70½? That’s the age when you must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from tax-deferred retirement accounts, including traditional IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, SEP IRAs, SARSEPs, and 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans. […]

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  • How Much Risk Can You Take?

    Many market shocks are short-lived once investors conclude the event is unlikely to cause lasting economic damage. Still, major market downturns such as the 2000 dot-com bust and the 2008-09 credit crisis are powerful reminders that we cannot control or predict exactly how, where, or when precarious situations will arise. Market risk refers to the […]

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  • Facing the Possibility of Incapacity

    Incapacity means that you are temporarily or permanently unable to take care of yourself or your day‐ to‐day affairs. Incapacity can result from serious physical injury, mental or physical illness, advancing age, and alcohol or drug abuse. Incapacity can strike anyone at anytime. Planning ahead can ensure that your wishes are carried out . Plan Ahead […]

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  • From Data Breaches to Ransomware: How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Cybercrime

      Each time you connect to the Internet, you risk becoming the victim of a cybercrime. It’s the price we pay for living in a digital world — whether it’s at home, at work, or on your smartphone. According to the Identity Theft Resource Institute, the number of U.S. data breaches in 2016 increased by […]

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