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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether you're just starting out or approaching retirement, our goal is to help you get smart about your money. Keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Roth conversions have become an essential part of the retirement toolkit. They allow investors with retirement savings in a Traditional plan to pay the taxes they deferred when they contributed and then have tax-free growth and more...

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

If you’ve found yourself worrying more about your retirement planning over the last year, you’re not alone. Almost half (46%) of Americans are reevaluating retirement planning to assess the financial impact of COVID-19. And...

Monday, May 24, 2021

VIEW FROM THE CLOUDS Pilot’s Insights on reopening after the pandemic So many people are offering up opinions of what the “great re-opening” will look like over a year after the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down...

Monday, April 26, 2021

Make Your Kids Money-Smart It’s not about how much money you have to pass on to your kids – it’s about passing on money-smarts. Teaching your kids sound financial knowledge can help them make smart financial decisions...

Monday, April 12, 2021

Managing a Volatile Market When You’re Close to Retirement – Three Things to Know After the tumult of last year, volatility is again on investor’s minds. But it’s not something that’s likely to go away,...

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Creating a Goal-Based Framework for Your Financial Picture Goals — we all have them. Whether it’s our health, career, or personal life, most of us have some aspirational vision and goals we want to hit

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Don't Fall for These Common Budgeting Myths You’ve almost made it. You’ve worked, planned, invested, and saved for years to get to your retirement. And now that you’re almost there, it can be so tempting to forget...

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Roth IRA Conversion: Retirement Planning Tool? The Roth IRA was designed to provide tax benefits, but it’s often viewed as primarily an investment tool for younger investors. This is because there are income limits to...

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

To help get where you want to be, it's critical to know where you are right now. Review these 4 items to assess different parts of your financial life and note any major changes that would require any adjustments. Your Investments Your...

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Impact of a New Administration on Your Investment Planning It may not be official yet, but it’s likely that in January we’ll be looking at a new administration. The overall ability to effect change will depend on...

Friday, October 30, 2020

Deciding on Early Retirement: Lining up the Moving Parts A recent study found that one impact of COVID is a growing wave of early retirements, as people who weren’t planning on retiring for some years yet are rethinking that...

Monday, September 28, 2020

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, expect to see more and more headlines that propose, "What will happen next if this person is elected?" or, "What policy changes to prepare for in the next four years?"In reality, however,...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

With half of the states loosening stay-at-home restrictions or reopening non-essential businesses, we are starting to enterthe next phase. Will “reopening” achieve the goal of limiting damage to the economy? Recent polls...

Thursday, June 18, 2020

You’ve worked hard and built up a healthy retirement plan balance, and the time to start spending it is finally here. But how can you be sure that your plan will provide the income you need for the potentially 20+ years of your...

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Monthly Recap Market Indices At-A-Glance The S&P 500 and Dow Industrials (+4.66%) posted their first back-to-back monthly gains since late 2019. Among the three major U.S. equity indices, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite performed...

Sunday, March 22, 2020

As financial markets react to the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and anxiety levels increase, we want to provide perspective on the situation from Cetera® Investment Management to help you cut through the noise. Investors are...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Fed steps into commercial paper market to stabilize corporate short-term lending. Congress and the President’s administration are working on fiscal stimulus package. During turbulent times, it’s important to stay...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Creating real wealth that will see you through all life’s milestones and a long retirement can seem out of reach. We break down the steps to take.

Friday, March 13, 2020

For many investors, accumulating wealth begins with saving in a 401(k) plan. If you started over the last decade or so, you may have seen the balance of your 401(k) increase substantially as the economy recovered from the global...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Doing the research to build your own strategy is enormously time consuming, but robo-advisors may be limited. There's a better way.

Friday, March 13, 2020

The decision to work with an investment manager very often comes down to one thing: Time. The resources and planning it takes to develop and oversee a comprehensive portfolio management strategy are considerable – and you have...