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Your Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

For many of us, a workplace retirement plan offers a tremendous opportunity to build wealth. But workplace plans can be confusing. Although most plans fall into one of two broad categories, within those categories there
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Facing Your Fears: Modeling the Impact of a Significant Bear Market on Your Financial Plan

Investors have enjoyed a powerful bull market over the past 8½ years. But they also carry the emotional scars of the steep declines of 2000 and 2008. With stock valuations currently stretched to
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Traditional vs. Roth: How Fuzzy Math Works In Your Favor

We often use this space to document the many cognitive biases that pull people off track with their investments. However, there’s one such bias—or perhaps it’s just blissful ignorance—that seems to be working in some
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Upgrading In Your 401(k) Plan When Your Options Are Limited — A Guidestone Case Study

What’s an SMI member with a bad 401(k) plan to do? In this case, “bad,” means a plan with limited investment options. SMI’s Personal Portfolio Tracker, available to both Basic and Premium members, was designed with that
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A SMarT Way To Boost Your Saving and Investing

Today’s American workers are being forced to shoulder a much higher level of responsibility regarding their retirement finances than past generations. With Social Security projections showing significant shortfalls
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An Exciting New Opportunity for SMI Members: Personal Financial Planning via MoneyGuidePro®

Personalized financial planning offers tremendous benefits. Understandably, those benefits haven’t come cheap. But thanks to our friends at SMI Advisory Services and an
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2017 Contribution Limits, Deductions, and Other Rule Changes

Every year brings a number of changes in various financial rules and regs that impact our personal financial planning. While President-elect Donald Trump has proposed sweeping tax reform, it’s impossible to know which of
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Your Company’s Stock Is Dangerous

Forgive me if you've heard this warning before, but it's simply too important to not repeat it: If you own a significant amount of your employer's stock, you are taking a dangerous — and unnecessary — risk with your
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Keep More of Your IRA/401(k) Gains Through Smart Tax Planning

This article pertains specifically to investors who have both a tax-advantaged account (IRA/401k) and a taxable investment account. If you don’t have a taxable investing account, don’t make the mistake of thinking we’re
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2016 Contribution Limits, Deductions, and Other Rule Changes

Every year brings a number of changes in various financial rules and regs that impact our personal financial planning. Here’s a guide to some of the more significant changes for 2016. Retirement Plans If you participate
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