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The IRA and the 401(k)

Special contribution by Nicholas VanGeest, Certified Financial Planner How do you save for retirement? Two options probably come to mind right away: the IRA and the 401(k). Both offer you relatively easy ways to build a retirement fund. Here is a look at the features, merits, and demerits of each [Read More]
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Facts about Retirement

Special contribution by Nicholas VanGeest, Certified Financial Planner Does your vision of retirement align with the facts? Here are some noteworthy financial and lifestyle facts about life after 50 that might surprise you. Up to 85% of a retiree’s Social Security income can be taxed. Some retirees are taken aback [Read More]
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Have you budgeted for retirement?

Special contribution by Nicholas VanGeest, Certified Financial Planner Run the numbers There is a rule of thumb for retirees suggesting that retirement income has a target of 70-80% of the household’s end salary, though this can certainly vary. So, years before leaving work, sit down (perhaps with the financial professional [Read More]
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Protecting Your Account and Identity

Since 2013, there have been over 14 billion data breaches where data has been lost or stolen. It's normal to think it won't happen to you, but the reality is that we put our information at risk if we aren't diligent about seeking tools for protection. Amid the latest Equifax [Read More]