How Much Does a Financial Plan Cost?

How much does it cost for a comprehensive financial plan in Libertyville, IL? The amount varies, depending on the fee structure, depth of the plan, type of advisor and breadth of the ongoing relationship. It’s important to understand all of these elements if you’re in the market for a financial advisor. Are you on the

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What Is a Comprehensive Financial Planning Checklist?

The best way to approach your finances is to develop a comprehensive financial plan with a financial advisor. The purpose of such a plan is to work toward your goals given the resources available. But the development of a robust financial plan requires input from you – and it requires that your financial advisor  has

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5 Do’s and Don’ts When Creating a Financial Plan

What is a financial plan? Financial plans are essential vehicles to help people get through life comfortably, reaching their goals and avoiding pitfalls, such as too little savings for retirement. A financial plan covers the following six categories: Expenses and income Investments Retirement savings Educational savings (such as college savings) Risk management Estate plan (wills,

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Top 5 Financial Tips For Small Business Owners

As a small business owner in Libertyville, Illinois it is important that you keep on top of your business’s finances, of course. But you should also optimize your personal finances so that your entire economic life is well-managed and working for you at all times. What’s the best way to do that?    Are you

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Comprehensive Financial Planning for Small Business Owners

One of the smartest moves small business owners in Libertyville, IL can make is to consult with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional to set up a comprehensive financial plan.  Why? Well, starting and running a small business can oftentimes be very time-intensive and soak up all the time you have to devote to financial planning

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The Emotional Benefits of Working With a Financial Advisor

Financial advisors can provide tangible benefits in the form of investment advice that may increase net worth.  However, there are also some latent benefits of working with a financial advisor.  Ask anyone who has met with a financial advisor about the experience and they are likely to say the interaction resulted in emotional, psychological, as

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Four Ideas for Potential Financial Relief in Light of COVID-19

By Nicole Sullivan, CFP®, RMA, Director of Financial Planning The Coronavirus is significantly impacting households of all wealth levels. For some, it might be as minor as social inconveniences. But for many, the economic impacts are truly significant. On March 27, 2020, the bipartisan CARES Act was signed into law. This law provided the single

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Is Now A Good Time to Invest?

It’s become apparent that we’re living in abnormal times. Some folks have asked us if a downturn in the market might represent a good time to invest. It’s a fair question and one that’s definitely NOT one-size-fits-all. The changing economy represents different things to different households, and as such, we recommend that you consult a

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How To Lower Your Taxes in 2020

Although it’s been pushed back to July 15, Tax Day 2020 will be here sooner than you know! Paying taxes is never fun – but Libertyville, Illinois residents can take a number of steps to lower them. All it takes is a bit of planning. Here are a few tax-savings strategies:   Are you on

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What To Do When the Market Plunges

Libertyville, IL investors – and anyone looking at the news, for that matter – have seen rapidly falling markets over the last several weeks. Fears over the worldwide spread of the coronavirus have sent broad indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 into bear market territory, defined as a

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