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Discover financial planning strategies that will guide you through all stages of your life – from starting out, to building a family, to retirement.

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Personal Finance in Your Middle Years

By Kevin Gianfortune | July 3, 2018

For those of us in our “middle years,” this is an important time in our lives. We are hitting our stride in our careers, we’ve settled down with a spouse and a house, and maybe started a family. Things that were once remote possibilities are starting to take a more concrete form. With this in mind, we need to start thinking differently about our financial lives.

Succession Planning is a Must-Do for Every Business

By Jordon Katz | June 19, 2018

Every business owner should have a succession plan in place, so that the business keeps running smoothly no matter what.

Life Insurance Can Balance Retirement and College Savings Goals

By Andrew Martin | June 12, 2018

Parents face a tough choice: Save for their children’s college education or save for retirement. Fortunately, this is not an either/or situation, because there are strategies that allow parents to save for both needs simultaneously. One important and often overlooked tool for achieving this is permanent life insurance.

What to Do with an Inheritance

By Margaret Muldoon | May 29, 2018

When my father died two years after my mom, he left me half of the family home and the majority of his life insurance. I was working in the financial services industry by that point, so I understood the value of meeting with a financial adviser, who gave me guidance on what to do with my inheritance.

The Importance of Cash Flow in Your Personal Financial Planning

By Mark Mappa | May 23, 2018

We think of cash flow as something only businesses or governments contend with, but it is integral to our personal financial lives as well. Cash flow enables us to do what we want, and to help achieve our goals or objectives — whether to get a mortgage, save for college, take a vacation, or save and invest for retirement.

Financial Planning for Families with Love Ones with Special Needs

By Pat Bergmaier | May 8, 2018

Financial planning for families with special needs children can be challenging because “special needs” means special on every level. There is no cookie-cutter solution that can guide people in the journey.

Catching Up on Retirement in Your 40s and 50s

By Jim Knox | April 17, 2018

Sometime in your 40s or 50s, you realize that the years are passing by in a flash and retirement isn’t as far into the future as you once thought. So, if you haven’t been saving all these years, what can you do to catch up on retirement savings when you are in your 40s and 50s?

5 Ways to Balance College and Retirement Savings

By Penn Mutual | April 10, 2018

Saving for one goal doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the other. Try these strategies to help you prioritize and balance college and retirement savings.

Deferred Compensation Remains a Good Choice for Highly Compensated Employees

By J. Clifford Dixon | March 20, 2018

Deferred compensation is an often-overlooked way of sheltering income from taxes. It’s not right for everyone, but it has one big advantage: There is no limit to how much income can be deferred.

A Strategy for Optimizing Your Retirement Income

By Walter Young | March 14, 2018

“Save for retirement.” We’ve all heard the message of how important it is to save for retirement. But for all the talk about socking money away, there’s seldom any discussion of how to use that money in retirement so that it can last your entire life.