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Northstar’s Reading List
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By Mia Kitner Reading a good book can lower your stress and improve your focus, and studies have shown that the habit can improve your short-term and long-term memory. While these…

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Your Year-End Financial Checklist
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By Steve Tepper, CFP®, MBA This month we once again give you our annual reprint of a handy financial checklist. So here are a few things to think about in…

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Wealth Management: So Much More Than Just Investment Consulting
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By Allen Giese, ChFC®, CLU® So there’s a lot of advisors out there these days calling themselves “wealth managers.” What is a wealth manager, and how is it any different…

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Pet Projects
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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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