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Estate Planning

Why Everyone Needs an Estate Strategy

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Why Everyone Needs an Estate Strategy


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Retirement

Retirement

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Retiring in a Post-Pandemic World

Imagine your ideal post-pandemic retirement with this animated video.

Retirement and Quality of Life

Asking the right questions about how you can save money for retirement without sacrificing your quality of life.

18 Years' Worth of Days

Where will your retirement money come from? If you’re like most people, qualified-retirement plans, Social Security, and personal savings and investments are expected to play a role. Once you have estimated the amount of money you may need for retirement, a sound approach involves taking a close look at your potential retirement-income sources.

Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

A Bucket Plan to Go with Your Bucket List

A bucket plan can help you be better prepared for a comfortable retirement.


Investing Category

Investing

Investing

Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snare some investors.

What Smart Investors Know

Savvy investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

When Markets React

When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.

The Cycle of Investing

Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.

The Real Cost of a Vacation Home

What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?

Finding the Balance

The sandwich generation faces unique challenges. For many, meeting needs is a matter of finding a balance.

The Rule of 72

Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.

Should I Invest in Gold

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

Behavioral Finance

An amusing and whimsical look at behavioral finance best practices for investors.


Tax Category

Tax

Tax

Understanding tax strategies and managing your tax bill should be part of any sound financial approach. Some taxes can be deferred, and others can be managed through tax-efficient investing. With careful and consistent preparation, you may be able to manage the impact of taxes on your financial efforts.

The Facts About Income Tax

Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.


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Money

Money

One of the keys to a sound financial strategy is spending less than you take in, and then finding a way to put your excess to work. A money management approach involves creating budgets to understand and make decisions about where your money is going. It also involves knowing where you may be able to put your excess cash to work.

The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

No Cash, No Checks, No Problem

Peer-to-peer payment apps are one of the newest ways to send money.

The Latte Lie and Other Myths

Check out this video to begin separating fact from fiction.

Surprise! You’ve Got Money!

Here’s a quick guide to checking to see if you have unclaimed money.


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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Creating a life map involves a close review of personal finances and an assessment of other building blocks. Lifestyle matters look at how to balance work and leisure, how to make smart choices for the future, and many other items in an effort to help an individual “enjoy the journey.”

It May Be Time for a Financial Checkup

It’s never a bad time to speak with your financial professional about changes in your situation.

Surprises

Making the most of surprises is a great reason to work with Cornerstone Portfolios.

To Buy or Not to Buy a Home

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.

Consider These 3 Things Before Driving Off the Lot

There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Have you found yourself suddenly single? Here are 3 steps to take right now.

A New Way to Look at Your Bucket List

Bucket lists don’t have to be for tomorrow.

The Richest Man in Babylon - How to Keep More of What's Yours

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income to keep for yourself and put to work for you is a sound financial practice.


Insurance - Category

Insurance

Insurance

Insurance transfers the financial risk of life’s events to an insurance company. A sound insurance strategy can help protect your family from the financial consequences of those events. A strategy can include personal insurance, liability insurance, and life insurance.

Your DNA Test

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

Extended Care: A Patchwork of Possibilities

What is your plan for health care during retirement?

The Wild West of Data Theft

Learn about Cyber Liability insurance in this entertaining video.

Stay Safe with a B.O.P. At Your Back

Learn about the advantages of Business Owner Policies with this highly educational and fun animated video.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.