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Tales from Beck Bode: What to Do If You are a Victim of Fraud

Financial planning and wealth management is more than investments and managing funds, it’s also being aware and ready for a financial crisis. While many risks are accidental or internal, others are targeted maliciously against you. Part of financial preparedness is education and planning for fraud prevention because even now, in this time of crisis, criminals

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Looking Past the Current Stock Market Volatility is Key

If you’ve got any money in the markets, you’ve probably had your eyes glued to the Dow Jones, NASDAQ, and the S&P 500. We know we have. It’s been a rollercoaster of ebbs and tides, with drops that dip historically and sudden spikes of activity – both buying and selling. We want off this ride

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Resources for Financial Advisors During and After the Coronavirus

Saying these last two months have been trying would be an understatement. Beyond the struggles we all share of quarantine life – cabin fever, boredom (or alternatively, no breaks for essential and frontline workers), and a lack of flattering haircuts – those in the world of wealth management and financial planning have had the market’s

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Why You Need to Continue Your Financial Plan During COVID-19

Things right now seem crazy: this pandemic has had ripples across all parts of our lives. Panic toilet paper buying, closed businesses, insane Facebook relatives, and cabin fever are only half of it: the reason you clicked on this blog is the other half. We are seeing financial instability across the board, with bull and

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Why Wealth Management Is About So Much More Than Retirement

What if I told you to stop thinking about a retirement date when considering your personal financial plan? What if I told you that investing isn’t just about retiring and living happily ever after? Here are three reasons why: 1. You’re healthy, but inflation is killing you. Quit planning like you die at retirement.  Throw

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Watch out for IRMAA – Who’s that, you ask?

The Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount, referred to as IRMAA, can come as a surprise to some retirees.  The standard Part B Medicare premium in 2018 is $134.  What most people don’t know is that as retirees they may end up paying a significant surcharge on their Medicare Part B and Part D (Drug benefit) premiums. This is a result of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (which took effect in 2007) affecting Medicare Part B

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What I learned from my kitchen remodel.

New visitors to our home frequently comment on our kitchen, specifically on how great it looks. We had it built a few years ago. While my wife and I graciously accept the compliments, every time I hear someone ‘ooh and aah’ over it, secretly I cringe. It’s not that it’s not beautiful – to the

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PLEASE, just tell me the truth!

The other day, a friend told me about a relative who had suffered from a heart attack and had to be rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, the man was treated in time and is now home in recovery. Even so, it was a shock to everyone as no one was aware that he had any

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