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Retiring as a Small Business Owner

by Ray Sagner on Nov 5, 2020

There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States. Many people start their own businesses in order to become their own boss and take control over their schedules, career goals and finances. It can be incredibly rewarding to start and own a successful small business. But one thing that many small business owners may not think about is a retirement plan.

The Value of Investing with a Financial Professional Instead of a Do-It-Yourself Approach

by Ray Sagner on Oct 29, 2020

Paying fees for professional investment management is something we’d all like to avoid. Why pay for some guy in a suit to manage your investments when you can do-it-yourself with a simple online brokerage account? There are many reasons to trust a professional - read on to find out whether it’s worth it to go with the pros.

Active vs. Passive

Understanding Exchange-Traded Funds

by Ray Sagner on Oct 22, 2020

Thinking about where to invest your money can be overwhelming and confusing, especially for those who are unfamiliar with all options for investing. If you’d like to take advantage of the ease of stock trading with the diversification of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can give you the best of both worlds. Here are some key things to know about ETFs before investing.

How to Plan Long-Term Care Before You Need It

by Ray Sagner on Oct 8, 2020

It’s daunting to think about the day when you may not be able to live independently and care for yourself. But planning early for long-term care can keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the event that you develop a chronic illness, disability or other condition. By planning your care now, you’ll be more likely to have greater control over significant decisions and remain comfortable as you get older. 

Here are some ways that you can start planning your long-term care before you need it:

Using the FIRE Movement to Gain Financial Independence

by Ray Sagner on Sep 17, 2020

Many people dream of the day they can leave work behind and start pursuing their lifelong dreams. But for most people, you’ll need to achieve financial stability and independence before you can leave behind your day-to-day job in exchange for a more fulfilling path. This is where the increasingly-popular financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement comes in. 

Three Reasons Why Life Insurance is More Than Just a Death Benefit

by Ray Sagner on Sep 10, 2020

Life insurance is universally recognized as an essential pillar of a financial plan for providing much needed capital in the event of a breadwinner. It is also fundamental to other planning needs, such as estate planning to pay for settlement costs and taxes, and business planning for business continuation or key person protection. However, considering the remarkable tax properties of permanent life insurance, it should also be considered as foundational planning tool for an entire financial plan. Here are three reasons why:

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Finances Against a Second Wave of Coronavirus

by Ray Sagner on Sep 3, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in ways that we didn’t anticipate at the start of the year, especially when it comes to our finances. And unfortunately, just as federal emergency benefits are starting to run out, signs of a second wave of the virus are looming—and some may even say it’s already here. 

The good news is that there are ways to protect your finances in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus. Whether you took a hit over the past few months or not, here’s some advice on what to do next to safeguard your finances moving forward.