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What You Should Know about Commission vs. Fee Advisors
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Fee-based advisors vs. commission-based advisors: what’s the difference? As the financial industry has evolved, so too has the manner in which consumers pay for financial advice. The difference between "fee" and "commission" sounds somewhat innocuous at first blush – you...
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April Showers: 5 Reasons You Need Umbrella Insurance NOW
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Here’s something you probably already know: everybody’s suing everybody these days.  The fact of the matter is you can be sued for just about anything. Now, whether or not such a lawsuit has merit is beside the point. I hate...
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The Home Stretch: 5 Last Minute Tax Tips
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Spring is in the air: hamburgers sizzling on the grill, fresh grass sprouting in the yard, the pang of anxiety when you realize you haven’t done your taxes yet…. For those who put off the misery of filing taxes until...
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Social Security: Breaking Down the “Restricted Application” Strategy
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Over 65? Don't miss out this little-known filing strategy Social Security may be the most important component of American retirement. Why does it have to be so complicated? Just figuring out where to start is an overwhelming task by itself....
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Why You Need an Estate Plan
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More than half of all Americans do not have a will. The last thing most people want to think about is their own demise. Perhaps that is why, according to a 2017 survey by caring.com, almost 60% of Americans have...
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Do Your Future Self a Favor
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Quick tips to help protect you and your family from identity theft. Featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Making ‘Cents’ of Financial Planning special on 2/17/2019* Technology has made our lives easier in many ways. But at what cost? The...
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Why You Should Talk to Your Kids About Money
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A majority of parents feel uncomfortable talking to their kids about money. Raise your hand if you’d be rich if you had a nickel every time your parents said: “do as I say, not as I do”. As applicable as this...
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Conquering Financial Fear
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Money ranks as the second-most stressful thing in Americans’ lives. Money is a difficult thing to discuss; it can be complicated and stressful. According to the APA’s 2016 “Stress in America” survey, money ranks as the second-most stressful thing in...
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What is a “Financial Plan”?
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A recent study by Charles Schwab found that 75% of Americans don’t have a financial plan. Understandably, nearly half of those who don’t said it's because they thought they didn’t have enough money to bother. More surprisingly 40% said it's because it...
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Why you still need a Financial Advisor
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In today’s complex investing environment, finding the right advisor is more important than ever. With the simple act of buying and selling stocks full democratized by the internet, the next revolution in financial technology appears to be something called “robo-advisors”....
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