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Stressed Out About Money? A Financial Therapist Might Help

If the financial crisis of 2008–2009 had a silver lining, it was the launch of an important new profession: the financial therapist. At the time, many families realized financial worth wasn’t their only concern. They also wanted to build healthier, happier relationships with their wealth. Read more…

3 Icebreakers For Difficult Conversations With Your Parents About Money

How do you approach difficult conversations about money with your parents? Read more…

Tying the Knot? Ask Your Partner These 4 Money-Related Questions

About 37% of Millennials believe their financial health is poor, according to a report from Business Insider. Throw another person into the mix — as is the case with a wedding — and the situation only becomes more complicated. Read more…

Should You Stop Renting and Buy A House?

There are plenty of pros and cons of buying versus renting a home. For Millennials who dream of putting down roots in a place of their own, it’s crucial to weigh several factors. Read more…

Unpacking the Mega Backdoor Roth IRA

Admittedly, the “mega backdoor Roth IRA” is a mouthful of a term. I wonder who came up with it? It’s as if they took their cue from Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth. Read more…

10 Things To Do Now If You’re A Decade Away From Retirement

For most of your life, preparing for retirement probably wasn’t a high priority. But as the years count down on your career, nerves set in and rhetorical questions start flooding your head: Have I saved enough? Did I invest too aggressively? Do I have the right kind of insurance? Read more…

What to Do If You Were Getting Ready to Retire Before the Pandemic Hit

The current impact that the global coronavirus pandemic has had on our daily lives is obvious. This event has touched every one of us in various ways, but you may feel particularly affected if you were thinking about retiring in the near future. You may wonder how the fallout and long-term Read more…

6 Methods to Consider When Choosing an ESG Investing Strategy

A growing number of investors are interested in Environmental, Social and Governance investing, known as ESG. That term is becoming more common, but ESG still means different things to different people. Read more…

How Tax Projections Help You Make Better Financial Decisions

There is a phrase we say a lot here at Plancorp: “We should run a tax projection.” You might hear it when you ask if it makes sense to boost your charitable contributions this year, or when you call us with the good news that you’re getting a big bump in non-salary compensation. We also might reach Read more…

How to Use Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs) to Transfer Wealth to Beneficiaries Tax-Free

One of our most important responsibilities is helping clients achieve financial independence. We love when we can tell them they have enough money to do whatever they want for the rest of their lives. But that milestone is hardly the end of the wealth management process. The next question we like Read more…

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