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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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Retirement Plan Advisors' Key to Retirement: Patience

By Bruce Smith | September 30, 2018

The other day, I was enjoying a game of golf with a friend who happens to be a long-time retirement plan advisor. As it often does, the conversation turned to retirement; specifically, where the key to a happy, comfortable retirement really lies.

My golf buddy's answer? It's probably not what you think.

My friend believes that the secret ingredient to a successful retirement lies in patience -- and the secret to patience lies in the ability to delay gratification, which, needless to say, isn't exactly a hard-wired human trait. 

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Do Some Investment Professionals have Gambling Problems?

By Ron Ross | September 24, 2018

We often speak with clients who have the sneaking suspicion that their previous investment firm was essentially gambling with their money. The unfortunate truth is that many investment professionals might as well be called what they really are – sports bookies. 

Though these two lines of work may seem quite different on the outside, you might just be surprised at the similarities – and at how the “beat the market” strategy endorsed by so many investment professionals is simply gambling in disguise. Here's Part One of a two-part series on the similarities between

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Are Your Financial Strategies Working? How to Evaluate Performance

By Ron Ross | September 18, 2018

When prospective clients meet with us to evaluate their portfolio, many investors are unaware if their portfolio is experiencing sub-par performance relevent to the appropriate benchmarks. Here’s what to look for when you’re evaluating your investments’ performance.

Ignorance is bliss. When it comes to investment performance, there’s a ring of truth to this old adage. It’s not difficult to see how active managers – investment professionals who attempt to “beat the market” in search of greater returns – can

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Why Diversify? Improve your Wealth Management Strategies

By Bruce Smith | September 12, 2018

Long before the days of investment management solutions, financial derivatives and modern portfolio theory, Sancho Panza -- Don Quixote's sidekick – wisely noted, “It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.” Of course, Don didn’t take this sage advice – but you should.

Our clients often ask us how to diversify; while they understand the basic importance of not putting all of those eggs in the same basket, they’re just not sure how to go about it in the most effective manner. Here’s how to avoid diversification pitfalls and create a blueprint to evaluate your own portfolio.

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Saving for Retirement: Advice from Retirement Planning Advisors

By Ginger Weber | September 06, 2018


If you are like many Americans who have not yet retired, you may be actively striving to get to a place in life where work becomes optional.  With so many people focused on eventual retirement, and a number of tools to help you get there, why does getting to retirement seem to be such a challenge? 

Premier’s team finds that there are a number of obligations and expenses that are competing with an investor’s commitment to save and invest.  Here are some of the common items we find that prevent investors from saving more, in no particular order:

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Teresa Conley and Francoise Crandell Present at Well Being of the Working Woman Conference

By Jeremy Sorci | August 31, 2018

Premier Financial’s Advisors Discuss the Importance of Planning for Retirement

Eureka, CA: On May 6, 2017, Teresa Conley CFP®, Vice President and Financial Advisor, and Francoise Crandell, Financial Advisor, of Premier Financial Group presented on the importance of planning for retirement at the Well Being of the Working Woman Conference.

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A Guide to Understanding Investment Professional Credentials

By Teresa Conley | August 25, 2018

When it comes to selecting a wealth advisor, one thing is certain: You have a lot of choices. But how do you determine if an investment professional is truly qualified to help you with your strategic wealth planning? After all, the planning decisions you make now impact your financial future for years to come, so you need to vet your wealth advisor carefully.

Credentials offer one way to evaluate a potential wealth advisor. These designations indicate that an investment professional has attained a certain level of education and training. Here's a guide to eight common credentials.

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8 Qualities to Look for in a Wealth Advisor

By Ginger Weber | August 19, 2018

Choosing the best wealth advisor isn’t easy. With so many options out there -- from brokers to insurance agents -- investors often find it difficult to select the right investment firm for their individual needs.  In fact, we’re often asked what to look for in a financial advisor.

We understand that choosing an advisor is one of the most important decisions an investor can make. After all, advisors influence your retirement planning, estate planning and future financial stability. Here are some of the key qualities that we recommend investors seek in an advisor.

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