Is The Illinois Fair Tax Really Fair?

Illinois voters will soon be deciding on an issue impacting the state’s financial future as well as their own bank accounts. This fair tax proposal has been a hot topic of conversation across the state but also with our clients. Today we’ll break down the proposal to help you better understand exactly what this means for you. […]

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Here Are Some Easy Ways To Ruin Your Retirement

Everyone has read blogs, watched shows, and listened to people talk about all the key ways to improve or succeed in retirement. But what about how you can mess it all up? Let’s tackle five easy ways to ruin your retirement (then just do the opposite of these things and you’ll be fine). […]

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Financial Issues Particularly Challenging For Women

Many financial issues impact us all the same. But, of course, other challenges have varying impacts from person to person because our situations are all unique. Let’s take a look at some of the financial and retirement challenges that are unique to women. […]

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Mailbag: Bonds, REITs, & Paying Off The Mortgage

On this mailbag edition of the podcast, we’ll talk about whether it’s a good idea to invest in bonds or REITs, what services you should expect from your financial advisor, and whether or not you should pay off your mortgage. We’ll also get Phil’s take on the current state of student loan debt and whether or not colleges should be held accountable. […]

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Survival Guide: Lessons Learned For The Next Stock Market Crash

So, we’ve all experienced what a market crash feels like in recent memory. If you had forgotten what it felt like in 2008, then 2020 should have been a sobering reminder of what it’s like to experience that sudden market drop. Now, we don’t know when the next market crash will come. Will rising virus cases now or a resurgence in the fall cause another one? Will the lead up to, or result of, the election cause turbulence? We just don’t know what factor is going to come along and serve as the catalyst for the problem. But what we can do is follow some basic rules to ensure we don’t lose our shirts next time the arrow on the graph tumbles down. […]

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Mailbag: Penalty Fees, Inheritance, Travel Budget, & Using A Trust In Your Plan

On today’s show, we answer questions that have come in the mailbag. We discuss if it’s worth paying a penalty fee on a variable annuity, letting your children know about their inheritance, how to budget for travel, and if incorporating a trust in your plan is a good strategy. […]

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Why Is The Stock Market Going Up When The Economy Is Going Down?

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic caused major turmoil in the stock market, but it seems that the stock market has continued to go up since the big dip that initially happened. Some people are skeptical of this trend and do not think that the market will recover quickly, while others remain optimistic. Barbara and Phil will explain why this trend has been happening and where they think the economy is headed. […]

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Should You Be Wary Of Some Of Dave Ramsey’s Advice?

Dave Ramsey has earned a lot of respect among savers and investors over the years as evidenced by his enormously popular radio show, books and sold out performance venues when he speaks. But is all of his advice worth following? Is it possible that some of the things he professes will actually hurt you financially? Let’s take a look at some of Dave’s most popular advice and see if and when it makes sense for retirees and pre-retirees to disagree. […]

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Mailbag Edition

We’ve had a lot of great listener questions come in, so we decided to make them the focus of this episode. Beverly asks if she is properly diversified given the large number of mutual funds in her portfolio. Amber is curious if she is on track to retire with the amount of money she has saved at age 55. Barbara and Phil tackle these questions and much more. […]

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Best Intentions, Bad Advice

Barbara and Phil will provide an update on conversations they’ve had with clients about the Coronavirus and then move into a discussion on where you’re getting financial advice from. […]

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