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Cybersecurity Best Practices
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The WannaCry ransomware attack last month affected individuals and businesses in more than 150 countries and infected more than 230,000 computers. It illustrated yet again the need for everyone using…

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FRS Pension Option 1 with Life Insurance: Good Idea?
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By Allen Giese, ChFC®, CLU® Here’s a concept that if you’re an FRS special risk employee approaching retirement, I’ll bet you’ve heard. The idea is, if you’re married, you choose…

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The Talk Every Adult Should Have with Their Parents
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By Mia Kitner Let’s talk about “the talk.” It’s the talk with our parents that we as adult children tend to avoid—sometimes out of fear and other times because it…

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Social Security for Divorcees
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA Spousal benefits are an important part of Social Security, and for many people, those benefits are still available even after divorce. While rules on spousal…

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Advisor Compensation 101
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA There’s big news in my world: After several months of searching, I have a contract to buy a condo downtown. Without a doubt, my real…

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Self-Directed Accounts—Be Careful!
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By Allen Giese, ChFC®, CLU® Miami-Dade firefighters: In your 457 deferred comp plan or your FRS investment plan, do you use the self-directed account? If you’re not, are you thinking…

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Social Media and Our Finances
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By Mia Kitner As a millennial myself, I can’t help but be associated with all the positive and negative connotations we hear about our age group. We “live in our…

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The Buffett Challenge: Year 9 Update
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA Nearly 10 years ago, Berkshire Hathaway CEO (and arguably one of the best investors on Earth) Warren Buffett issued a challenge to the hedge fund…

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Love Paying Extra Taxes? Then a Deferred Comp Loan Is for You!
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I’m Allen Giese, President of Northstar Financial Planners in Plantation, Florida. Our firm specializes in helping Miami-Dade fire fighters make better decisions with their money. I want to talk to…

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Should Investors Sell After a “Correction”?
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Stock prices in markets around the world fluctuated dramatically for the week ended August 27. On Monday, August 24, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,089 points—a larger loss than…

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