Financial Planning

FAFSA for 2023-2024 School Year Opens on October 1

October is the kickoff month for financial aid. That’s when incoming and returning college students can start filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the next academic year. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study, and may be required by colleges before they distribute their own institutional…

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New Developments for Student Loan Forgiveness

As you may have heard in the news, there are new developments for student loan forgiveness. This is a fast-moving program change and we do not have final guidelines on the implementation of the program. Nonetheless, we wanted to get you the information we have so far, and subscribe below to receive updates as we…

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August Is National “Make a Will” Month

August is National “Make a Will” Month, and it’s a great annual reminder to update your will if needed and create a will if you don’t have one already. A will is an important estate-planning document that can help you transfer your assets with ease. Having a proper will can make the difference between a…

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Financial Lessons from Famous Dads

Passing along sound financial advice is just one of the many ways dads show they care. In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to share some of the wonderful words of wisdom dads have bestowed upon their children. Here are some of our favorite financial lessons from famous dads. Make Your Money Work for You…

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Why Everyone Needs an Inheritance Strategy

Of all the financial strategies that many people have in place, an inheritance strategy is usually not one. Discussing estate planning amongst family members can be uncomfortable even with the best relationships, let alone discussing the contents of an estate strategy and what you may be inheriting after your loved one is gone. But having…

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5 Empowering Investment Strategies for Women

On International Women’s Day this year, we had the honor of speaking to a group of professional women about financial planning strategies they can implement today. We wanted to share with everyone an overview of what we covered as so many could benefit from taking these simple strategies. Think about your life as it is…

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What is the New 401k/403b Contribution Limit for 2022?

If you participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may be pleased to learn that you can save even more in 2022. The maximum amount you can contribute to a 401(k) plan will increase to $20,500 in 2022. This limit also applies to 403(b) and 457(b) plans, as well as the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.…

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The Social Security Administration Announces 2022 Cost-of-Living Adjustment

On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2022, the largest increase in four decades. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022. Additionally, increased payments to more than…

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Q3 2021 Stock Market Commentary

Market volatility is back in a big way. In our last report, we noted that the market was “climbing a wall of worry” as the market just seemed to go up and up and up despite pockets of bad news here and there. Late in the quarter, however, that unmitigated move higher finally hit a roadblock…

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