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5 Things to Watch in the First Quarter of 2021

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5 Things to Watch in the First Quarter of 2021

Have you found yourself officing in a room with a bunk bed? Do you realize you’re going to the store in your pajamas and never leaving your car? Does going to the movies mean going to the living room to turn on the TV? Quarantine changed the world almost overnight, and the adjustment is so pervasive in our everyday lives we hardly notice the details going by.

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17 Things You Need to Know About the New Stimulus Package

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17 Things You Need to Know About the New Stimulus Package

Congress passed the new $900 billion economic relief and spending bill on Monday. While most of the focus has been on a second round of relief payments to most Americans, there is plenty more in the 5,000-plus pages of the stimulus package.

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How to Make Sense of Retirement and Estate Finance

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How to Make Sense of Retirement and Estate Finance

Retirement is far off until it isn’t. This chapter of life can sneak up on just about anyone, and we do ourselves a favor to be as prepared as we can. Like anything involving the government, finances can be confusing, with different tax treatments, contribution limits, beneficiary rules and more.

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Need Less Chaos in your Christmas?

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Need Less Chaos in your Christmas?

The Christmas season is upon us! This year the Christmas season and holiday shopping look is very different for a lot of us. One of the best pieces of advice I have been given over the years to simplify gift giving by purchasing 4 primary items for each child in your household. This allows your kids to be involved in the gift giving process. Ask them what they actually want?

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Estate Planning for the Family Farm and Your Legacy

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Estate Planning for the Family Farm and Your Legacy

As a financial advisor who’s spent her career in the midwest, I’ve worked with more farm families than I can count. From buying new expensive equipment to riding out the drought years, there can be millions in play even on small family operations. Estate planning – splitting up the land between the kids – can be one of the most complex parts of the journey.

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How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

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How the Results of the Election Could Impact the Markets and Your Financial Plan

The votes have been cast and now it’s a waiting game. Our country now faces days of a counting, recounting, accusations, potential lawsuits and a runoff election or two. Only then will we know the results of the 2020 election.

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A Season for Gratitude

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A Season for Gratitude

The season of gratitude is upon us when the calendar flips to November. Gratitude is something we should practice every day, but it seems to come easier once November hits and Thanksgiving is around the corner. If you are looking to practice more gratitude in your life this holiday season, here are a couple ideas to help you start!

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How Estate and Gift Taxes Can Impact Your Financial Plan

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How Estate and Gift Taxes Can Impact Your Financial Plan

Heath Ledger’s death in 2008 is another tragic story of an extremely talented artist gone too young. The unfortunate circumstances of his death compounded the complexity of his estate, leaving lawyers and family in a difficult position.

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Life insurance

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Life insurance

Life insurance is something that most people think about and know that they probably should have but is often something that gets put off.  Life insurance for young and healthy individuals is affordable and can provide you with peace of mind.

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How to Take Advantage of Donor-Advised Funds and Special 2020 Tax Deductions for Donations

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How to Take Advantage of Donor-Advised Funds and Special 2020 Tax Deductions for Donations

As a CPA, one of the questions that I have been getting more frequently is, “What is a donor-advised fund?” This is not surprising as the number of individual donor-advised fund accounts has grown by over 50% for the second year in a row, according to the National Philanthropic Trust’s 2019 DAF Report.

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