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The Unexpected Reason Retirement Planning Will Put a Smile on Your Face

March 07, 2019, No Comments by Niels A. Jepsen

No matter who you are, retirement is a big deal. Planning for retirement can take up a lot of time, and that means it’s important to approach it in the right way.

Tidying Up Your Retirement Plan: Strategies for Achieving Joy

February 28, 2019, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

By now, you’ve probably either read one of Marie Kondo’s books or watched her show “Tidying Up” on Netflix. Kondo’s philosophy is that a cluttered household also clutters your mind. This principle of ridding of items that no longer serve you in order to maximize happiness should also be applied to your personal retirement plan.

What Are the Costs of the Government Shutdown?

February 13, 2019, 1 Comment by Kimberly L. Curtis

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended after 35 days on January 25, 2019. A temporary appropriations bill extended funding for shuttered federal agencies to February 15, 2019, while a bipartisan committee negotiates a new spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security.1

Health and Wealth: Why Your Weekly Tennis Match Strengthens Your Retirement Nest Egg

February 05, 2019, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

As you enter a new chapter of your life, a number of changes from your day-to-day habits to your spending patterns will likely change. As you’re getting used to your new way of life, it’s important to keep up with your exercise so you can fully enjoy retirement, mentally and financially.

7 Signs Your Retirement Lifestyle Needs a Reality Check

January 30, 2019, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

When you think of retirement, you may automatically hear sounds of Jimmy Buffett playing in the background as you sit on a white-sand beach with a piña colada in your hand.

You’ve saved for years to reach this milestone, and enjoying retirement is something we all deserve. However, letting dreams overtake reality can lead to stressful financial years ahead.

Don’t stop fine-tuning your personal retirement plan once you quit your 9-5. Rather, continue practicing smart financial habits, and watch for the following seven signs that may indicate your retirement lifestyle needs a reality check.

Retirement Planning: How to Travel Using Your IRA Funds

January 07, 2019, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis
  • How to strategically use your IRA Funds for Travel
  • How travel fits into your retirement planning with IRA funds

If you’ve spent years “paying yourself first” and growing your funds through a taxable investment account, you might be ready to reap the rewards of your hard work.  Many retirees use an IRA as their “fun” account and start withdrawing to fund travel and leisure.

This can be a great financial plan to help you enjoy your golden years, but as with anything financial, there is a strategy to follow to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck

What To Consider When Retiring Abroad

December 20, 2018, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

When thinking about retirement, where you plan to live is a big factor. There’s a lot to consider when picking the place you want to live after retirement. Depending on your lifestyle, you may consider living abroad. Retiree’s who are interested in living abroad have a lot more factors to take into account, such as healthcare, transportation and language. Here are some important issues to think about before you make the move abroad:

What Affects Your Cost of Car Insurance

December 13, 2018, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

If you’ve looked at your car insurance bill recently and noticed that the cost of your insurance has increased, you may be wondering what you did to cause it. We’ve compiled a list of the 13 factors that insurance companies take into account to determine how much your insurance should cost, and what you can do to lower your costs.

How to Protect Your 529 College Savings Plan From Impulse Buys

December 06, 2018, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis


Education is an investment that can push you or a family member toward obtaining an advanced degree and a successful future. If you’re stashing cash away in a 529 college savings plan, it’s important to create a strategy that helps you grow your investment, meet your long-term goals and eliminate the temptation to steal from your financial future.

How can you protect your 529 college savings plan from impulse buys?

What your financial advisor won't tell you (but you should ask anyway)

December 04, 2018, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis

Selecting a financial advisor can be a stressful process. You want to ensure you’re well informed about your advisor’s ability and that your goals are aligned. Unfortunately, you can be left with more questions than answers when  researching financial advisors. Worse, you may not always know exactly what to ask as you evaluate your personal financial advisor.

Consider asking these six questions to your future financial advisor..

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