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Understanding what financial planning is – and isn’t

Finances are complicated. Gone are the days of one checking account, one savings account, and a pension for the future. People today are bombarded with advice, decisions, and complex financial products that can make planning for the future with confidence seem daunting.

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Tapping home equity: How, when and why it makes sense

As a mortgage is paid down, the difference between what the home is worth and what is still owed — the equity — grows. This equity increases further if the value of the home continues to increase. Equity is considered an asset of the homeowner and is often the largest asset they hold.

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A guide to charitable giving strategies

The state of public health and the economy over the past year and a half led large numbers of people to turn to charities for help. These same forces created both challenges and opportunities for business owners and high net worth families, many of whom have reevaluated what they want their legacy to be.

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Refinancing and divorce

Divorce involves complicated financial matters. Topping that list is jointly owned real estate. If you get the house, what happens next? Are you buying out your partner? What happens to shared earned equity? How will you manage mortgage payments? Can you apply divorce settlements to the loan?

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Managing your credit rating

Credit ratings are an important measure of a person’s financial wellness. Think of them as a report card for your finances. Lenders review credit ratings to determine the risk associated with the requested loan. The higher your credit score is, the more likely it is you will repay your loan. As a result, individuals with…

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