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Will Debt Spoil Retirement?

What pre-retirees owe could compromise their future quality of life Provided by Garrett German The key points of retirement planning are easily stated. Start saving and investing early in life. Save and invest consistently. Avoid drawing down your savings along the way. Another possible point for that list: pay off as much debt as you […]

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Business Cents: Things to Consider for Pre-60 Retirement

Financially speaking, what moves might you want to make for early retirement?  Provided by Garrett German By choice or by chance, some people wrap up their careers before turning 60. If you sense this will prove true for you, what could you do to potentially make your retirement transition easier? As a start, you may […]

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Business Cents: Talking to Heirs About Your Estate Plan

Provided by Garrett German Talking about “the end” is not the easiest thing to do, and this is one reason why some people never adequately plan for the transfer of their wealth. Those who do create estate plans with help from financial and legal professionals sometimes leave their heirs out of the conversation. Have you […]

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Financial Focus: When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Submitted by Jaison Norton If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn’t need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn’t that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when? Actually, you […]

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Business Cents: Refrain from Tapping into Your Retirement Fund

Resist the temptation — your future self will thank you Provided by Garrett German Retirement accounts are not bank accounts. Nor should they be treated as such. When retirement funds are drawn down, they impede the progress of retirement planning, even if the money is later restored. In a financial crush, a retirement account may seem like […]

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Business Cents: The Republican Tax Reform Plan

What is in it? What could its changes mean for you, if they become law? Provided by Garrett German Major changes may be ahead for federal tax law. At the start of November, House Republicans rolled out their plan for sweeping tax reforms. Negotiations may greatly alter the content of the bill, but here are […]

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Approach the new year with financial goals

Set goals, stick to a plan to have a successful year with your finances according to Principal Financial @TheSunGazette FRESNO – New Year resolutions are all the same. They deal with losing weight, eating better, quitting smoking, but so few are about managing money better. And there may be no better time to grab hold […]

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Financial Focus: Time for New Year’s Financial Resolutions

We’ve reached the end of another year – which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions? Here are […]

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Business Cents: Will You Be Prepared When the Market Cools Off?

Provided by Garrett German We have seen a tremendous rally on Wall Street, nearly nine months long, with the S&P 500, Nasdaq Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average repeatedly settling at all-time peaks. Investors are delighted by what they have witnessed. Have they become irrationally exuberant? The major indices do not always rise. That obvious […]

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