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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review, a history lesson or some other surprise. Always something relevant.  So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Small opportunity costs today can add up to big reductions in your retirement nest egg later in life.  If you don't know how to identify and/or calculate opportunity costs in your life, you need to find someone who can help you do it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

You may have heard the saying, “inflation hurts savers and benefits borrowers.”  The expression suggests that borrowers benefit from inflation because they pay back lenders with dollars worth less than when the money...

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Many people have never stopped to calculate what it will take to retire.  They may be contributing a percentage of their salary to their 401(k) and getting a match, but they still have no idea whether what they're doing will get...

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Ever considered writing your own will? While you can draft a will on your own, there are plenty of reasons why you may not want to go that route. Most people do it to save money, but they may overlook or forget to take care of some...

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Are you good at saving money so you can pay cash for the things you need?  You've probably never thought about it this way, but did you know that in reality you finance everything you buy, even if you pay cash?  Here's a...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Everyone has transfers of wealth going on their lives.  Learning to identify these transfers can enable you to recapture these dollars and bring them back to the table to help solidify your future.  This could be one of the...

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

How much do you know about Social Security? Given how layered the topic can be, it’s wise to educate yourself as much as you can about your options. We have a number of resources on our website that can help you take a bite out...

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Social Security plays an important role in your retirement strategy. But, don’t forget,  the amount you’ll receive depends on the age at which you file. You can start claiming benefits as early as 62, but for each...

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

In our uncertain climate, it’s unsurprising that when American investors are thinking about their financial strategy, that the topic of life insurance comes up. For some, it’s always been front of mind. For younger...

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

If you weren’t paying close attention, you might have missed it. Fed Chair Jerome Powell dropped the word “transitory” when describing inflation during his recent testimony to Congress.1 Powell had told the story of...

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

By any measure, 2021 was a strong year for investors. But what’s in store for 2022? From my perspective, I expect that many of the same forces that influenced markets last year will play a role again in the year ahead. COVID-19...

Friday, February 12, 2021

After a bit of political posturing in December, the $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (2021 CAA) was signed into law by President Trump as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact employers and employees...

Friday, February 5, 2021

The personal savings rate in the United States, which is the amount of income left after taxes and household spending, has reached some significant milestones.In April, when much of the country stayed home to avoid the COVID-19...

Friday, January 29, 2021

On October 26, the Treasury Department released the 2021 adjusted figures for retirement account savings. Although these adjustments won’t bring any major changes, there are some minor elements to note.401(k)sThe salary deferral...

Friday, January 22, 2021

January is Financial Wellness Month, a time to remind people to make arrangements for their financial strategy.For me, it’s time for me to connect with new clients and discuss their financial situation and aspirations for their...

Friday, November 20, 2020

Have you ever stopped long enough to notice how many tools we have to assist our road travel these days? From traditional traffic lights and road signs, to programmable electronic billboards, GPS, and a bevy of smart-phone apps for...

Friday, November 13, 2020

Let’s face it, we all buy things and we will need to buy things our entire life. It’s not necessarily what we buy, but rather the way we choose to pay for them that can have a lasting impact on our financial well being....

Friday, November 6, 2020

There once was a blind man who was miraculously given his eyesight. For his entire life he had accomplished everything he needed to do without the benefit of eyesight. Instead of utilizing his vision, he leaned heavily on the use of...

Friday, October 30, 2020

For many people, the term 401k is synonymous with retirement preparation, and sometimes represents the full extent of their preparedness. Such accounts are often included as part of a benefits package provided by employers, and chances...

Friday, October 23, 2020

Imagine that there are four people in line to purchase tickets at the train station. One after the other, they each purchase one ticket of the same class, on the same train, bound for the same destination. As they board, they take...

Friday, October 16, 2020

It is likely that during your lifetime you will allocate more dollars to the place you are going to sleep than anything else. As such, the potential to transfer your wealth away unknowingly and unnecessarily as a result of decisions...

Friday, October 9, 2020

Throughout the years, I’ve found that people tend to have a wide range of expectations that come to mind when they hear the term “Financial Advisor.” And it’s no wonder that sometimes even the advisors...

Friday, October 2, 2020

If you have had any previous experience with a financial advisor, chances are the conversation revolved around how much money you have, where it’s located, we can do a better job. It would seem that most investment firms share...

Friday, September 25, 2020

One of the tools we are able to utilize when discussing the best course of action to secure your financial future is known as the Personal Economic Model®. Much as a medical doctor would use an anatomical model to convey medical...

Friday, September 18, 2020

It’s a funny thing about advice. Everyone seems to have an overabundance of knowing what others should do, and they have no problem telling you about it, especially when monetary gain is a motivating factor. However, there also...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Due to some regulatory changes in our business, Compass Insurance & Financial Group will be undergoing a name change (or two). Our Property & Casualty Insurance and Financial Services operations will be separated under the names...