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September 25th, 2009

Playing it Safe

(Marcel Dupre) - There are lots of concerns about safety of assets these days. With this in mind, I thought it fitting to provide a few helpful hints.

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June 23rd, 2009

Is It Time to Rethink Risk?

(Anthony Williams) - If you mention risk in today's tumultuous market climate, most people probably think of their rapidly shrinking investment accounts. But in reality, investment risk takes many forms, and each can affect how you pursue your financial goals. The key to dealing with investment risk is to learn how to manage it - with help from your financial advisor.

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June 1st, 2009

How To Find A Financial Professional

(Eric Hutchinson) - In a world of increasingly complex financial and economic markets and changing tax laws that can impact the amount of return you receive from your investments, the fact is that most of us could, at one time or another, use some professional financial help and guidance.

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September 15th, 2008

Benefits Of Owning Your Own Home

(Money Manager) - There are many financial and personal reasons why you should own your own home rather than rent. The obvious reasons include pride of ownership, building your own equity instead of someone else’s, no more landlords, and of course the tax benefits you reap. There are a multitude of other reasons why owning your own home can make your life better.

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September 15th, 2008

Wealth Management

(Money Manager) - Wealth management – what exactly does that phrase mean? How does it differ from financial planning and investing? While it may sound like just another buzzword, wealth management actually is an approach used by financial advisors to manage the wealth of their top tier clients who have more money than the average investor. There is no hard and fast rule as to the amount of financial assets a person must have to be included in the wealth management category, but when a person accumulates over $1 million in assets, he and his financial advisor should consider shifting their focus from typical financial planning to the idea of wealth management.

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September 15th, 2008

The Truth About Bankruptcy

(Money Manager) - The word "bankruptcy" has a bad connotation, and for good reason. However, is it a bad thing for everyone? The answer varies depending on your situation but it is worth taking the time to read this and other articles, and possibly to discuss with an attorney.

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September 15th, 2008

Preparing A Savings Plan

(Money Manager) - Preparing a savings plan is much like planning a trip. You are at point “A” and you want to get to point “B”. Maybe you'll wish to visit points “C” and “D” also. Before you set out, you select a route or routes that will get you there either most quickly, usually sacrificing comfort for speed, or the best way for your style of travel. A savings plan is very similar. You can devise a plan that will get you there the most quickly and usually with the greatest sacrifice, or you can prepare a savings plan that will eventually get to the same point but allow you to give up less.

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September 15th, 2008

IRS Withholding Calculator

(Money Manager) - The purpose of this application is to help employees to ensure that they do not have too much or too little income tax withheld from their pay. It is not a replacement for Form W-4, but most people will find it more accurate and easier to use than the worksheets that accompany Form W-4. You may use the results of this program to help you complete a new Form W-4, which you will submit to your employer.

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September 15th, 2008

Identity Theft Prevention

(Money Manager) - Identity Theft takes place when someone steals any of your personal information and uses it to perform a financial transaction or conduct an activity. It is the fastest growing crime in the country, with the estimated annual cost to businesses and individual victims exceeding 50 billion.

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September 15th, 2008

Identifying Obstacles to Financial Freedom

(Money Manager) - What is it that keeps us all from building or optimizing wealth? The answer is 'debt' and Merriam Webster defines it as "the common-law action for the recovery of money held to be due." To most of us, it means "paying bills over time." Imagine a life with no mortgage, car payments, credit card bills, or other loan payments. What portion of your income would you need to make ends meet without those obligations? How dependant would you be on your job? How much could you invest towards retirement?

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