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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA If you are inclined to spend money like the rich, famous, and ultra-affluent, here are some ideas: Louis Vuitton offers a monogrammed carry sack for…

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Cybersecurity, Identity Theft, and What We Should All Know
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By Mia Kitner By now it’s not news that cybersecurity concerns have taken center stage in the country. Equifax, one of the three leading credit reporting agencies in the U.S.,…

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The Emerging Market Bounce
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA You’d have to be a little crazy to invest in emerging markets right now. There are so many problems in the second and third world,…

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Is Your Advisor a Fiduciary?
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By Allen Giese, ChFC®, CLU® Look, there are lots of advisors out there to pick from. And there are lots of differences between them. But if there is one thing…

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The Retirement Savings Gap: Bleak and Getting Bleaker
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA It should come as no surprise to readers of our newsletter that most people have not saved enough for retirement. We reported several years ago…

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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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