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Welcome 2023! Updates in Financial Planning

2022 has been a challenging year! We’ve seen markets hit lows with virtually every market segment falling in value, including bonds. Inflation skyrocketed, hitting rates the US has not seen in 30 years. The most recent Consumer Price Index numbers were released this morning, reflecting a 7.1% inflation rate for the United States through November(1). This comes as reassuring news, as many economists were expecting higher numbers to close out the year. Albeit, 7.1% is still mighty high.

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The Ripple Effect of Inflation: IRS Announces Tax Inflation Adjustments for 2023

There is no doubt that the rapidly growing inflation rates seen around the world in 2022 have severely impacted Americans. September 2022 numbers show the US inflation rate hovering at about 8.2% for the previous 12 months(1) as American families struggle to keep up with rising costs of basic needs like food and gas. The IRS recently released adjustments for over 60 tax provisions in response to the overwhelming inflation rates...

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Best College Saving Strategies

It’s no secret that student loan debt is a major problem in this country. Even with recent efforts to relieve many federal borrowers of some of their debt, many individuals that are now having babies and raising children are still paying down massive student loans. As a result, parents and grandparents are thinking more proactively about saving and planning for college expenses.

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Financial Exploitation: Protecting Seniors

As financial advisors, one area that we are well versed in is protecting our clients from financial fraud. Although everyone is susceptible to falling victim to fraud, seniors tend to be the group that is targeted most frequently. Therefore, in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, we will focus on one area of elder abuse: financial exploitation.

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Being "Cyber Smart": Tips to Keep You Safe Online

In these times, we are connected virtually more than ever. Internet usage has been ramping up rapidly for years now, and then came Covid. Many of us were forced into a completely digital world, not only personally, but also for work and school. Our rapidly increasing reliance on technology makes us very vulnerable to cybersecurity safety concerns, such as identity theft, phishing, security breaches, viruses and malware attacks. Luckily, there are several simple ways to proactively mitigate risks and stay one step ahead of many potential cybersecurity issues.

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The Fiduciary Duty Explained: What it Means for Investors

The word “Fiduciary” gets a lot of attention in the financial services industry. But what exactly is it, and what does it really mean for investors? Generally speaking, a fiduciary is someone acting on the behalf of another, usually in some kind of legal or financial capacity. Some examples of fiduciaries may include attorneys, trustees, estate executors, and accountants. In the financial services industry, Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), like Financial Strategies Group, are held to a fiduciary standard by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This requires the RIA to act in the best interest of their clients and put their clients’ interests ahead of their own at all times.

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