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Financial Planning When You Lose or Change Your Job

By Carl DeMarco | January 15, 2019

Changing a job presents a tremendous financial change. Here are some of the financial planning opportunities and pitfalls that you may encounter while changing jobs – whether the change is voluntary or not.

What’s Your Plan for When the Market Goes Down?

By Lance Drucker | January 2, 2019

For many people, their “financial plan” is little more than the asset allocation and performance of their portfolio, which is backwards. If the market is up, people make comments about retiring early. If the market’s down, they complain that they will be working forever. If your financial plan is done right, when you retire should have nothing to do with the performance of the stock market.

4 Easy Ways to Add Charity into Your Financial Plan

By Ande Frazier | December 7, 2018

If philanthropy is one of your goals, these tips can help you shape a giving strategy that you can feel good about.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make in Saving for Retirement

By Penn Mutual | November 6, 2018

In my experience, when people say they’re planning for retirement, that simply means they’ve been putting money away every year. Don’t get me wrong – that’s an important first step – but simply saving for retirement may not count as planning for retirement.

Don’t Let These Planning Mistakes Haunt You

By Dewane Lewis, Jr. | October 31, 2018

Financial planning must be scary, given the amount of people who avoid it or try to do it on their own, unassisted. While having a 401(k) or Roth IRA, or perhaps having a 529 savings plan for college are critical components of a sound financial plan, this is only focusing on particular needs without looking at the bigger picture.

Building Trust is Important On and Off the Pitch

By Alev Kelter | October 9, 2018

A financial adviser’s role is very similar to a coach. Like a coach, an adviser can help you set goals, explain difficult or confusing topics and create a plan to help you achieve those goals. Here are the things I learned to look for in a coach, and I think the same ideas hold true in finding a trusted financial adviser.

Women Can Take Control of Their Finances

By Ande Frazier | September 25, 2018

Women are not finding the help they need when it comes to their money. This is especially true during times of change, like divorce, marriage, children, widowhood, retirement and everything in between. I recently sat down with Julie Parise for a video interview on the steps women can take to get greater control over their finances.

Four Big Mistakes Newlyweds Make with Their Finances

By John Caserta | August 28, 2018

One big source of stress for many newlyweds is the household finances. After years of being single, getting married can make money matters suddenly seem more complicated. Here are four of the big financial issues that can pop up.

Making Cents of Having Children

By Justin Cowell | July 24, 2018

Having a child brings huge financial changes to your life. It’s not just suddenly spending a lot more disposable income on things like diapers, clothes, and baby monitors, but you may also find a change in perspective. It’s important to get your financial house in order to protect your growing family.

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.