Todd Schanel, CFA, CPA, CFP® and Jackie Goldstick, CFP®

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How Today’s Spending Habits Impact Your Retirement

When helping people plan for their financial future, the overriding principle that governs the advice we give is to “control what we can.”, and one of the things we have the most control over is how much we spend and how much we save. For those that are preparing for retirement, so much focus is…

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Retirement and How it Impacts Your Social Security Benefit

In the video When Should You Begin Collecting Social Security Benefits, we’ve discussed considerations to take account when determining when to begin collecting social security benefits. Specifically, we discussed the fact that delaying collection allows your benefit amount to grow by 8% per year plus inflation from Full Retirement Age to Age 70 while collecting…

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What Does it Mean to Have a Balanced Portfolio

What Does it Mean to Have a Balanced Investment Portfolio

Your investment portfolio is most likely comprised of different types of investments, balanced in such a way that takes into consideration both your overall return objectives as well as your risk tolerance.  It is useful to understand the purpose and role each investment plays within a diversified, balanced portfolio. Stocks or equity, whether owned through…

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The Art of Investment Management

Many people mistakenly believe that investment management is simply selecting the investment or combination of investments that will generate the highest yield or highest long-term return.  In reality, sophisticated investment management is actually much more complicated than that as it integrates several interrelated components of which specific investment selection is only one facet.

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Like Doctor, Like Advisor: Understanding Your Financial Advisor’s Compensation

As much as we would prefer a world where doctors could focus exclusively on addressing our health care questions strictly according to our highest interests, we know that reality is less rosy. Best intentions are often complicated by multiple parties, conflicting incentives and confusing costs. The more informed you are of any undisclosed motivations – who is compensating whom, and how – the better your choices can be when deciding to whom to turn for your family’s quality medical care.

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2016 in Review

It’s hard to think all the way back to January 2016, but the year began with a bit of a shock when US stocks had their worst start in history. Then came the Brexit vote in June, when non-US Stocks dropped approximately 7% over a three week period. And then came the US Presidential election, when US stocks dropped approximately 5% in the weeks leading up to the election.
But by the end of the year, those investors who stayed the course saw positive returns across the board.

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