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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.

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.