Category Archives: Financial Planning

Erin Grabe

Dec 05 2018

Should You Save Money or Pay Off Debt?


Respect your elders. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Say please and thank you. All great things our parents taught us. But what about how to balance managing debt – specifically student loan debt–with saving money–for retirement, our own children’s …
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Jennifer Lough

Nov 09 2017

What’s the Difference between Money Market Accounts and CDs?


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Once basic account needs are met with a basic checking and/or savings account, you may decide that adding a more robust account to your portfolio would better suit your financial needs. Money Market accounts (MMAs) and Certificate of Deposits (CDs) …
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Jennifer Lough

Nov 06 2017

What’s the Difference between a Checking and Savings Accounts?


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Checking and Savings accounts are two basic accounts offered by financial institutions. They serve the same overall purpose—to house your money—but have a few key differences.

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Mark Ahlers

Mar 23 2016

Financial Planning: How Much Will I Need to Save?—Part 3 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the final in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. Experts suggest that you will need 75-85% of your pre-retirement income to maintain your lifestyle throughout retirement. What changes in retirement can you make to allow for …
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Mark Ahlers

Mar 16 2016

Financial Planning: How Much Can I Spend?—Part 2 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the second in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. Once the “income gap” has been determined, the next step is to determine if your accumulated or projected assets are adequate to fill this gap. The goal …
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Mark Ahlers

Mar 09 2016

Financial Planning: Social Security and the Income Gap—Part 1 of 3


Financial Planning for Retirement.

This is the first in a 3-part series on financial planning and social security. When the Social Security retirement income system was created in the 1930s, it was designed to provide a partial retirement income supplement. Today, the average Social …
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Joy Newhouse

Mar 11 2015

Having a Baby? Consider These Tips.


Consider these tips if you're expecting a baby.

With three little words (“it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl”), your whole life changes forever. Suddenly corners seem sharper and stairs seem steeper as new instincts take root. If you are planning on having a baby or are pregnant, …
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