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5 steps to help parents work toward college savings goals

Higher education is expensive — and the costs are only going up. These strategies can help you build an effective college savings plan.

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Financial planning

 

The value of a mid-year financial review

The economy and the markets are ever changing, and the same may be true of your own life. That’s what makes a mid-year financial check-up so valuable.

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How to use liquid asset secured financing for short-term cash flow needs

Leveraging the assets in your investment portfolio through a flexible line of credit can provide quick access to cash.

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7 questions to ask before you buy a vacation home

Before you make an offer on your own personal getaway, ask yourself these key questions.

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4 reasons to consider buying a house for your child

Buying a house for your adult child can be one of the better investment decisions you make.

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Financial planning for economic uncertainty

These steps may help you better prepare for turbulence in the economy and capital markets.

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6 year-round tax tips

Thoughtful planning year-round can help you reduce your tax liabilities.

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Financial planning tips for the sandwich generation

Three tips on how to keep working toward your financial goals while supporting your children and aging parents.

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Strategies for navigating family financial conversations

Talking with loved ones about money can be complex. Here are three strategies to navigate the topic with tact.

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Why insurance should be part of your financial plan

Just like your financial goals, insurance policies are as unique as you.

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5 financial considerations in a divorce

One of the many challenges of divorce is dividing assets. A financial checklist can help you take charge of your financial future.

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Financial planning for families with a disabled child

Caring for a disabled child often requires more from your finances. These five steps can help you plan for your family’s financial future.

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How to set financial goals in 5 steps

Setting and working toward financial goals becomes easier when you reflect on your intentions.

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Getting married again? 5 considerations before combining finances

Especially if one or both of you have children, discussing a few key financial topics before saying “I do” can help set you up for success.

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Financial responsibility for kids: 3 low-risk exercises

Give your children room to make mistakes on their path to becoming financially responsible.

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What is alternative minimum tax (AMT)?

The AMT was created to make sure wealthy taxpayers pay their fair share of taxes. Here’s how it could affect you at tax time.

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Financial planning for singles

As a one-person household, your financial equilibrium is in your hands. Set yourself up with these tips.

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The real impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Two ways you may be able to benefit through 2025.

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What should you do with extra cash?

Before you use it to treat yourself, consider the ways a cash surplus can help you improve your finances.

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5 steps to help parents work toward college savings goals

Higher education is expensive — and the costs are only going up. These strategies can help you build an effective college savings plan.

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Business owners

 

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Considering selling your business?

See how proposed tax law changes could affect you.

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3 questions to ask before selling your business

Selling a business you started and built from the ground up can be a tough step to take.

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Growth strategies for business owners

Looking to expand your business? Three questions can help guide which strategy you choose.

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3 transition strategies for family business succession

Planning ahead may potentially ease the transition of your family business to the next generation without a major tax hit.

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3 factors to consider before selling your business

Are you prepared for the full impact of the sale of your business?

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Succession planning tips for business owners

Understand your options and what questions to ask as you transition your business to a new owner.

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Philanthropy & charitable giving

 

Advanced charitable giving strategies

Qualified charitable distributions and gifts of appreciated stocks offer prime opportunities to enhance your giving and potentially take advantage of greater tax savings.

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How to help your teens discover their philanthropic passions

One way to share your values with your children and teens is by encouraging them to actively participate in charitable giving.

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Consider an endowed scholarship as part of your charitable giving

A scholarship endowment can help educate others, bring you a sense of satisfaction and leave a mark on future generations.

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Strategic philanthropy: 3 steps to creating a giving plan

Meaningful giving starts with a purposeful plan.

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Private foundations vs. donor-advised funds

How you direct your charitable giving is determined by what you’d like to achieve.

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Tax deductions on charitable donations

There are many ways to “share the wealth,” but careful planning can make a difference.

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