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What Does it Mean for an Investment Advisory Firm to be CEFEX Certified?

Ever wonder what goes into becoming "CEFEX-certified"? It's more of a rigorous process than you might think. CEFEX-certified firms adhere to a standard representing the best fiduciary practices in their industry. The standards include specific criteria which have been substantiated by regulation or Read more…

Why Am I Getting Refunds From My 401(k)?

If you are an executive or business owner, you may have received a refund from your 401(k). That can be a frustrating experience. What you thought was tax-deferred savings is now taxable income. So why are you getting refunds and is there anything you can do about it? Read more…

Investing for Inflation

After years of inflation readings well below 2%, financial markets expect to see higher inflation in 2021. Read more…

5 Things to Know in Case You Outlive Your Spouse

While women certainly seem to be taking a greater role in making household financial decisions, men still make the majority of them. The unfortunate reality is that women are much more likely to become widowed. In fact, more than 60 percent of women between the ages of 75 and 84 are single or Read more…

What You Need to Know Before Lending Money to Family

At some point, nearly everyone has frequented one of the most popular lenders: BOMAD—otherwise known as the Bank of Mom and Dad. Read more…

Important Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

A productive working relationship with an advisor begins with trust and transparency. Even before you dive into the details of the advisor’s services, you want to understand key issues that reflect how they define and uphold their commitment to clients. This is true for any advisor, and is Read more…

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage Because Rates Are Low?

With mortgage rates near historic lows, it seems like all anyone who owns a home talks about right now is refinancing. If you own, too, you might wonder: Is now the time to refinance your mortgage? Read more…

Saving for a Baby? Use These Tips to Take Sticker Shock Out of Your Pregnancy Budget

Babies: They’re sweet, they’re adorable, and they have the power to send you into major sticker shock. Read more…

How to Financially Prepare for a Divorce: 3 Assets You’ll Need to Split

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of married couples considering or actively seeking a divorce has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to data collected by Legal Templates, the number of couples looking at divorce was 34% higher from March to June 2020 than in 2019. Another study Read more…

New Year Planning Tips and Resources

As we begin the new year, this is the time to review your financial plan and work towards a successful financial plan for 2021. In this video Peter Lazaroff, Chief Investment Officer and Daniel Lee, Senior Wealth Manager give their top financial planning tips. You will find a list of their tips as Read more…

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