October 5, 2018
Get Started Planning for Retirement

The Steps to Get Started Planning for Retirement for Millennials

Most of the people who come in to talk about retirement are already middle-aged, and the end of their careers is looming within the next decade or so. Sometimes they’re prepared, but more often they’re not. I don’t get the pleasure of working with young couples and individuals as often as I’d like. Yet these people have the opportunity to make the most of their work years. With a little planning, some wise decisions, and a few (minor) sacrifices, they can help get on track for a secure and fun retirement. Add a little luck, and they may even be in a position to extend the fun by retiring EARLY!
April 19, 2018
making a huge mistake

Are You Making a HUGE $350,000 Mistake Taking Money Out of Your Retirement?

Pulling money from your retirement account could cost you more than you think. No matter how small the amount, it could be costly to your future. Most people will judge the value of a financial advisor by how big or how great their portfolio performance. However, I’m here to tell you that’s not always the case. A true wealth planner someone who can look holistically at someone’s wealth can save you a ton of money. Let me explain.
October 29, 2017
The Wealthiest Generation

Millennials: The Wealthiest Generation Yet?

Millennials typically get a bad rap. Ask any baby boomer and you will likely hear how this generation is lazy with no vision. I actually had that very conversation recently with a client that is in his late 70s and very much a traditionalist. While some millennials may fit that bill, I’m finding quite the opposite to be true. The millennials I work with are actually very driven. They’re asking all the right questions to garner as much knowledge as they can about financial issues in a way their parents just never did.
October 27, 2017
debt

Mortgage Debt: Pay It Off or Invest? Which Should I Do?

The thought of being debt free sounds like a dream come true for most of us. Many folks are wrapped up in credit card debt, car payments, mortgage payments, etc. However, there’s one debt freeing yourself from could do more harm than good, from a mathematical standpoint. That is your mortgage debt. Honestly, it’s often not a good idea to pay it off or even pay extra on it before age 50
October 9, 2017
credit card myths

Credit Card Myths – A Certified Financial Planner’s Perspective

If you are like most Americans, you probably have three to four credit cards you can pull out of your wallet at any time. Credit has become a way of life. The convenience is like no other, and with the ever-increasing threat of identity theft, the fraud protection they offer is typically unbeatable. The reward programs aren’t too shabby either.
October 4, 2017

How Should I Pay for a New Car?

With car sales hitting record highs, a common question I seem to keep answering is, “Justin, how should I pay for a new car?” While meeting with a client recently, he asked this very question. He actually had a few options he was looking at utilizing for the purchase and wanted my take on what I felt would work best. So with so many others asking as well, I decided to analyze each of the methods he considered. Perhaps a few of them are options you are exploring as well.