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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

Charitable Giving

December 08, 2016, No Comments by Shannon E. Johnson


As we're counting down to 2017 and the year is coming to a close, you may begin to start thinking about charitable giving. Whether the holiday season is inspiring you to pause or you're thinking of year end planning, it's helpful to know some basic charitable giving information before the year-end tax deadlines. 

Holiday Spending Tips

November 30, 2016, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis


So, we've made it through Thanksgiving... now onto the rest of the holiday season! The holiday music is beginning and we start to see lights on our neighbors houses. While the fun begins to build, it can also be a financially stressful time. Americans plan to spend an average of $935 on holiday gifts this year, according to the National Retail Federation...  $140 gets spent on themselves as well while shopping, bringing the whopping total to $1,075. Ouch! If you're starting to feel the stress creep in, here are three helpful spending tips for the holiday season. 


October 27, 2016, No Comments by Shannon E. Johnson


Halloween is right around the corner! If  candy sticker shock is hitting you hard, here are a few fun ways to cut down the costs for the holiday: 

Medicare Enrollment

October 06, 2016, No Comments by Niels A. Jepsen


The open Medicare enrollment period begins on October 15th. This is the time to review your medicare coverage and see if you need to make any adjustments. Open enrollment runs through December 7th and any changes made are effective as of January 1, 2017. You can do the following during open enrollment: 

Paycheck ABCs

September 16, 2016, No Comments by Shannon E. Johnson


Every other week you watch funds come into you account... It's payday, hooray! So, when was the last time you took a few minutes to check out the summary of information on your paycheck? Do you know what all of those letters mean? Once you know what all the abbreviations stand for, you can make sure your various elections are correct. Check it out: 

Labor Day Deals

September 02, 2016, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis


Ah, summer is almost over! Did that fly by or what? As school is back in session, kids are off to college, and the (dare I say it?) leaves begin to change, Labor Day weekend is our last opportunity to take in the summer time. Hopefully, you get to celebrate a long weekend with family, friends and a cook out. Another tradition around the Labor Day holiday is the DEALS. As financial advisors, it's no surprise we love a good deal. US News & World Report released information about how to get the best bang for your buck this weekend. Here are the main take-a-ways: 

Olympic Sized Spending

August 12, 2016, No Comments by Kimberly L. Curtis


Every four years, the world watches as the best global athletes take the stage. We come together with our respective countries, put politics aside (briefly) and watch the best of the best compete. It's an exciting time and captivates the world. With such an important event, you can expect there to be some heavy spending involved. Just how much? Well, we have the numbers based on the University of Oxford Report

Mother's Day

May 05, 2016, No Comments by Shannon E. Johnson


It's Spring... Summer is almost here and Mother's Day is right around the corner. Fun! While you may be trying to figure out that perfect gift for mom, the rest of the country is, apparently, doing the same. According to, there are 85 million moms in the U.S. 

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist

March 24, 2016, No Comments by Shannon E. Johnson


Excited to announce Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing is a IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Cover Design: Nonfiction.

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