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Clearing Financial Hurdles on the Road to Retirement

When friends and loved ones finally raise their glasses to bid you a long and healthy retirement, you do not want to be worrying about how your bills will get paid. That is why it is so important to participate in your company's retirement plan now.

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Build a Plan for Life!

The former Beatle, John Lennon, may have put it best when he said, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." While much of what happens in life is unpredictable, some major financial goals -- such as owning a home, educating children, and retiring in comfort -- can be anticipated and planned for.

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Bring Charitable Giving Into Your Estate Plan

In addition to the goodwill benefits a charitable contribution brings, it can also have significant tax advantages.* There are different options for setting up a charitable contribution through your estate plan. The easiest is a simple bequest through your will. Remember that charitable contributions are deductible from estate taxes.

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Financial Literacy Month: Talking to Children about Money

In many families, talking about money can be uncomfortable, and in some cases, almost taboo. When children request something that costs more than the family is comfortable spending, children of different ages react differently. Young children may not have an understanding of the item's cost relative to the family's finances. And a teenager's "need" may be viewed as an "extravagance" by the parents. These simple ideas can help foster two-way conversations between parents and children, as well as a basic understanding about the value of money. #FinancialLiteracyMonth

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College Grads: Setting Out on Your Own?

Preparing to be out on your own can be fun and exciting, but it also means taking on new financial responsibilities. The decisions you make now about how you manage your money can affect your ability to get credit, insurance, a place to live, and even a job. #FinancialLiteracyMonth

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