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MONEY MATTERS—The Risk Conundrum

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MONEY MATTERS—Social Security Maximization—Say What?

By SCOTT T. MARSHALL, CPA, CFP® About two years ago, I had a financial planning review meeting with clients who were married. They both had long work histories with good incomes (i.e. they had more...

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By MICHAEL P. DENNY, CPA, CFP Recently, I read an article that stated most couples spend more time planning their next vacation than they spend planning how to take their Social Security...

MONEY MATTERS—Monthly Budgeting and Good Stewardship

By Jonathan M. Davis, AIF® “A man is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.” I’ll credit “Ben-Hur” author, Lew Wallace, with that statement. Regardless of our exact...

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