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401(k) Advisors Share the Retirement Basics

By Bruce Smith | January 10, 2019

What is a 401(k) and, more importantly, why should you care? Since this type of investment account first arrived on the retirement planning scene almost four decades ago, it's grown into the most used employer-sponsored retirement plan in the country. More than 52 million Americans have 401(k) accounts, together holding $4.8 trillion in assets as of 2016, according to research from the Investment Company Institute.  

These flexible plans can make saving for retirement easier. Read on to learn what our 401(k) advisors think everyone should know about 401(k) plans. 

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Social Security & High Net Worth Investors: Wealth Management Solutions

By Bruce Smith | January 04, 2019

Our wealth advisors often answer questions about Social Security and how it fits into a comprehensive wealth management strategy, especially for those in higher tax brackets. Even if the bulk of your income comes from other sources in retirement, Social Security can help make your retirement more comfortable and help you grow assets to leave to your beneficiaries.  

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Wealth Management Solutions for Widows: Part 1

By Francoise Crandell | December 17, 2018

Losing a spouse is hard enough... but when financial confidence is lost as well, feelings of worry and instability can seem overwhelming. 2016 research in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals indicates that working with a wealth advisor after the passing of a loved one significantly improves widows' sense of financial confidence and well-being. 

In this, part one of a two-part series, we'll explore the financial issues that affect the more-than 12 million widowed women in the U.S. We'll also share wealth management solutions that can help boost widows' financial confidence and discuss the benefits of strategic financial planning, both before and after losing a loved one. 

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Strategic Wealth Planning for Millennials: Save Early and Often

By Francoise Crandell | December 05, 2018

We often hear from millennials who know they're supposed to start planning for their financial futures and saving for retirement, but just aren't sure how to go about it. 

This is understandable; after all, when you're focusing on graduating from college, paying down student loans and landing that first job, saving for a retirement that's 40 years or more in the future may just be the last thing on one's mind. Plus, given the (slowly) recovering state of the economy, many relatively new college grads may not be in jobs that pay well enough to make it easy to put a hefty percentage of each paycheck into a retirement savings account each month. 

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Jeremy Sorci of Premier Financial Group earns Certified Financial Planner™ Credential

By Jeremy Sorci | November 23, 2018

Registered Investment Advisor Firm adds CFP®

Eureka, CA: Jeremy Sorci, Financial Advisor at Premier Financial Group, has earned the prestigious designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), one of the most highly regarded credentials in the financial advisor industry.

Jeremy grew up in Humboldt County and attained his MBA in 2003. He began his career in investment management and trust administration at the Bank of Stockton Trust & Investment Group, where he earned the advanced certification of Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager™. In 2012, Mr. Sorci returned to Humboldt and joined Premier Financial Group, an SEC-registered investment advisor firm.

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The Quiet Killer of Active Wealth Management: Style Shift

By Teresa Conley | November 11, 2018

We are often asked about active versus passive wealth management approaches. One question that can be confusing is that of style drift.  What is it? How can it affect my financial planning?

It’s no secret that we’re not big fans of the active management approach, in which a financial advisor or fund manager buys and sells positions in an effort to generate extra returns.  We not only believe this is ineffective; there is also scant evidence to support the notion that trying to beat the market works any better than blind luck.

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Portfolio Managers Say Diversification is Key

By Jeremy Sorci | October 30, 2018

What's the best way to invest your hard-earned capital? It's investors' age-old question — and why so many turn to trusted wealth advisors for help.

Because while the process of building an investment portfolio may seem, in itself, simple, creating an effective portfolio involves realistic goal setting, a long-term time horizon that stretches across a few decades, a modicum of self-discipline and, significantly, risk awareness. Combined, these factors create the recipe for a diversified portfolio that's tailored to meet your specific financial needs. 

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Strategic Financial Planning and Socially Conscious Investing

By Jeremy Sorci | October 18, 2018

You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This saying proves true in so many areas of life, but you probably don’t think of it in terms of socially conscious funds. This article explains why you should.

Wealth Planning and the Socially Responsible Debate

If I were to ask 20 people to define socially responsible investing, I’d likely get 20 different, but similar, answers. Ironically, if I were to research 20 different socially responsible mutual funds, I’d likely see 20

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Family Wealth Advisors Share 8 Tax Mistakes to Avoid

By Jeremy Sorci | October 12, 2018

Taxes may not be pleasant, but they are—as they say—inevitable. Still, that's no reason to pay more than you need to. 


Unfortunately, many Americans who prepare their own taxes do just that, to the tune of an average $400 overpayment! A 2014 study by H&R Block found that inaccuracies on do-it-yourself tax returns added up to a total of more than $1 billion in overpayments per year, affecting about 20 percent of those who file their own returns. Read on as our family wealth advisors share 8 common mistakes made at tax time — so you can avoid them.

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Retirement Plan Advisors Reveal 7 Retirement Trends

By Bruce Smith | October 06, 2018

While playing nine holes of golf with a friend the other day, the conversation turned to retirement and, specifically, what retirement looks like now as opposed to when our parents retired. Much has changed in the last generation or two; pensions have largely disappeared, the future of Social Security is a matter of debate and the costs of healthcare seem to just keep rising.

However, the news isn't all bad! Along with an increased life expectancy for most Americans, physical activity is on the rise

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