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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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5 Wealth Management Taboos You Should Consider Breaking

By Francoise Crandell | June 20, 2018

When it comes to making financial planning and wealth management decisions, it just makes sense to follow conventional wisdom... doesn't it?

Not always. Though conventional wisdom can be defined as ideas that are so widely accepted no one really bothers to question them, there may be times when going against the grain makes a lot of financial sense. Don't believe it? Consider that — not so very long ago — conventional wisdom told us that the sun revolved around the Earth... an Earth that just happened to be flat.

While that may be an extreme example, there are a few bits of "commonsense" financial planning concepts floating around out there that probably shouldn't be accepted as conventional wisdom. Here are 5 wealth management taboos that you might want to consider breaking.

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Portfolio Rebalancing: 8 Tips from Portfolio Managers

By Francoise Crandell | June 08, 2018

You know how important it is to rebalance your portfolio as a part of your financial planning process. Rebalancing on a regular basis — whether annually, quarterly, or after certain percentage changes in your portfolio — helps your investments remain truly diversified. 

But do you know how to effectively rebalance your portfolio so you retain the right asset class allocation for your comprehensive financial plan? These eight tips from portfolio managers will help you keep your portfolio balanced... and diversified.

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Do I Really Need a Wealth Advisor?

By Francoise Crandell | May 09, 2018

"Do I really need to work with a wealth advisor?" It's a common question, and if you've ever asked yourself if working with wealth management consultants makes sense, you're not alone. After all, the services of an investment professional cost money. Would you be better off keeping those fees for yourself?

While — of course — the answer to this question varies by individual circumstances, we can tell you that working with a wealth advisor offers many advantages. Read on to discover how working with wealth management advisors can benefit you.

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Financial Lingo Every Rational Investor Should Know

By Francoise Crandell | April 09, 2018

Ever felt intimidated by investing? If so, you're not alone. Many investors, from first-timers to well-established investors, experience a pang of anxiety (or a few) when it's time to make financial decisions that involve risk and don't involve guarantees. 

But that's not the only factor that tends to intimate investors; the jargon commonly used by investment professionals and others associated with the financial industry can add another layer of uncertainty to the financial planning process. From indexes to expense ratios, financial buzzwords can Read More

3 Reasons to Share Investment Planning Basics with Teens

By Francoise Crandell | February 14, 2018

Whether your teenager is already working at their first job or they're not quite ready to enter the job market, now is the perfect time to teach her about investment planning. Getting an early start in financial literacy can help her to grow up to be a financially savvy adult. 

And if your child is like most American teens, they're somewhere in the middle of the pack when it comes to financial literacy. Research indicates that about 18 percent of American students can't perform basic personal financial tasks — such as

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Beware Investment Professionals Who Act Like Pundits

By Francoise Crandell | January 15, 2018

All you have to do is tune in to a financial advice show on TV, listen to a financial planner on the radio, or log in to a financial advice website, and you're sure to find one: The self-appointed financial "expert" or investment "guru" with the hot stock tip of the day. From the latest market direction predictions to opinions on economic conditions, these financial pundits may sound intelligent, but their predictions are, historically, the opposite of accurate. 

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Personal Wealth Management: Is Early Retirement an Option?

By Francoise Crandell | January 03, 2018

Many Americans dream of retiring early. A 2015 study found that a majority of those with assets of $1 million or more planned to retire by age 56... and 20 percent planned on retiring by 40! Despite these numbers, more than half of those polled indicated that their retirement plans, early though they may be, also included part-time work. 

9These figures aren't that surprising, given that working hard, saving a lot, and exiting the rat race with plenty of time left to enjoy those golden years has long been the

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Should You Change Your Wealth Management Philosophy?

By Francoise Crandell | December 04, 2017

At Premier, we understand that every individual has their own wealth management philosophy. After all, everyone needs to identify the financial strategies that work best for their unique situation. 

Our team also understands the necessity of basing a wealth management philosophy on research, good advice, and quantitative evidence. We encourage our clients to educate themselves on schools of thought around finances, investing, retirement, and researching your wealth planning options.

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