14 Apr
April 14, 2020

Yes, the ride is bumpy and we’re experiencing turbulence. But fasten your seatbelt and trust your pilot. If your flight plan is solid, you’ll still arrive safely at your destination. Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Rob Morrison shares lessons we can learn from recent adversity.

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03 Apr
April 03, 2020

To help businesses attempt to weather the storm, Congress and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is nearly 1,000 pages long and full of provisions that affect small businesses. This white paper is an attempt to help you, the small business owner, navigate these waters. It is important for you to know what is available to you and in what order you should be doing things. 

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01 Mar
March 01, 2020

“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.” It is no surprise that Ronald Reagan would have this take on inflation, considering that he was inaugurated just after the great inflation of the 1970s.

Certainly hyperinflation and stagflation are trouble for an economy, but moderate inflation is actually a sign of a healthy economy. With that said, even moderate inflation can have a significant impact on your purchasing power

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18 Feb
February 18, 2020

10 Lessons From a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional Who Did It Himself

I lived most of my life in the Midwest – born and raised in Minnesota, college in Michigan and then 15 years in Chicago. My family was finally ready to get out of the cold, so we embarked on a two-year journey that ended with us settling into our new life in Phoenix.

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30 Jan
January 30, 2020

Most families are surprised when they see their personal Net Worth Statement documented for the first time. Often, total net worth is larger than they had thought! As we go through life, we tend to collect many possessions which fill our houses, garages, and closets. Similarly, with our financial lives we collect accounts, assets, and debts and never put in the effort to see how the puzzle fits together and how to best build a financial plan.

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18 Dec
December 18, 2019

Slow Down and Pay Attention

We all have hectic lives. From caring for young children, to helping our aging parents, along with balancing a busy career and community commitments, it seems that there is never enough time. However, when it comes to your financial security, it is important to slow down and think about what is important to you.

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26 Nov
November 26, 2019

In 1954, renowned management consultant Peter Drucker wrote a book called The Practice of Management, in which he introduced a process known as management by objectives (MBO). MBO was a simple yet groundbreaking way for business managers to define and convey specific objectives to the organization’s team members, as well as to prioritize these objectives and achieve them on time.

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14 Aug
August 14, 2019

As summer comes winding to an end, many families are preparing to send their children off to college. For a first year college student this is often a very exciting time in their life with the opportunity and freedom to live on their own for the first time. However, with great freedom comes great financial responsibility.

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26 Jun
June 26, 2019

One of the major aspects of a business sale is whether the business will be sold as an asset or as stock. An owner might be thinking, “Does it really matter as long as I get the highest sales price?” Well, as you’ll see below, there are plenty of circumstances that can make a lower sales price more attractive.

To highlight some of the key differences between an asset and stock sale, let’s review some important tax, business liability, and complexity considerations.

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04 Jun
June 04, 2019

Since childhood, many of us have set financial goals. Perhaps it was saving for our first bike or an ice cream treat, or simply enjoying our first taste of wealth as it accumulated in the piggy bank. Whether these actions were influenced by our parents attempting to teach responsibility or it turned out to be an innate personality trait, the process of establishing a goal and seeing the fruits of that accomplishment is as important as ever.

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01 Apr
April 01, 2019

Financial planning revolves around what is in our control. For example, we can’t control stock market returns, tax rates, or unexpected events, but we can plan to mitigate these risks through diversification, tax planning, and insurance. Of all the areas in financial planning, we probably have the highest degree of control over our income, expenses, and savings, making it extremely important to create a workable budget. Let’s review the five keys to creating a budget you can stick to.

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27 Dec
December 27, 2018

Certain events in your life are happy and planned – graduations, getting that job, and having a child. Other significant events may be sudden and unexpected – disability, divorce, and premature death. We call these “life’s critical events.” They happen to each of us, albeit not at the same time or in the same magnitude, but the associated financial consequences can be considerable.

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04 Dec
December 04, 2018

There you are, in your mid 40’s, working hard and raising your family. Have you had the conversation with your parents yet? Have you received the email from mom and dad telling you that it’s time? When is it time to discuss their finances in preparation for the day when one or both of them are no longer around or able to manage their affairs?

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09 Jul
July 09, 2018

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Becoming a first-time parent is both exhilarating and exhausting. For new mothers especially, it can be frightening. Caring for a newborn adds so many new things to worry about. As a new mom myself, I’ve experienced this firsthand. From the moment we brought our son home, I worried about whether he was eating enough, sleeping enough, and, dare I say it, pooping enough.

In addition to new worries, I often

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06 Jul
July 06, 2018

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We may not consciously think about it, but how we handle our finances from day to day is based on our deeply held beliefs about money. By acknowledging our personal habits, we can open up about our beliefs, our fears, and our dreams.

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25 Jun
June 25, 2018

At least once a year I like to reflect on my own personal financial planning. I think about what I did well and where I can improve financially. I prefer to evaluate my financial planning at the beginning of the year because I feel more comfortable implementing any needed changes and starting the year off on a strong financial note, but there is never a better time than right now to review your own plan.

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