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What is the Difference Between a Will & Trust?

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What is the Difference Between a Will & Trust?

Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth & Estate Planning Estate plans can be structured differently depending on a person’s situation and intentions.  What is the difference between a will and a trust? A will and a trust are separate documents to pass assets to heirs after death, but they are administered differently and have varying advantages.

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Are You a Conservative Investor?

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Are You a Conservative Investor?

Published by Jake Bleicher and Ron Carson Conservative investments are often associated with lower portfolio expected returns. The investment community has been indoctrinated with the notion that risk and return are correlated in a linear function.

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Intestate Succession

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Intestate Succession

A sometimes overlooked aspect of Financial Planning is ensuring that a client has the proper beneficiary designations on their accounts so those assets pass to the correct beneficiaries. However, not all asset trusts will dictate how those assets will pass.

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Investment Discipline

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Investment Discipline

One of the most challenging aspects of investing is not what many may think. Digging through the multitude of options available to place cash can be daunting task. However, keeping your cool when things move in the wrong direction can make or break returns.

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and Social Security Changes

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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and Social Security Changes

There’s been lots of coverage in the news the past couple of weeks about changes to Social Security claiming strategies, so we’d like to share a few key highlights about what’s changed and how it may affect you.

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Relax, Reflect, and Roll On

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Relax, Reflect, and Roll On

Published by: Rob Furlong I recently celebrated a milestone birthday doing one of my favorite things in one of my favorite places: riding my bike in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado.

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Why You Shouldn’t Manage Your People Like “Robo Amazon”

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Why You Shouldn’t Manage Your People Like “Robo Amazon”

Published by Scott Ford When I speak at wealth advisor conferences, I’ll often ask, “What are you going to do when a company like Amazon comes into our business? How are you going to compete with that level of customer knowledge combined with that level of technology?”

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How to Live a Steve Jobs Life—On Your Own Terms

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How to Live a Steve Jobs Life—On Your Own Terms

Published by Scott Ford “If you don’t set priorities for yourself, life will live you, not the other way around.” No one put this better than Steve Jobs in his commencement speech at Stanford in 2005, after his diagnosis with the pancreatic cancer:

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Challenges of Textbook Portfolio Management Theories

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Challenges of Textbook Portfolio Management Theories

Published by Jake Bleicher The more time I spend in the real world of finance, the more I question the rationale of textbook theories.

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Use Your Budget to “Increase Your Paycheck”

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Use Your Budget to “Increase Your Paycheck”

Published by Mike Schudel I recently celebrated another birthday. I was disappointed when I remembered that, while my toys have gotten more expensive, they do not bring me even a fraction of the excitement a new set of Legos did when I was 6. But upon reflecting on some of the financial changes I’ve experience over the years, one thing I noticed is the lessening of financial stress.

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