Author archives for Meg Ronspies

    Safeguarding Personal Information

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    Safeguarding Personal Information

    Electronic theft of personal information is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, with more than two billion personal records stolen worldwide in 2016. Protecting your personal information is a key component to reducing the potential that your information may be stolen.

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    Eclipse Planning

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    Eclipse Planning

    Published by Mark Petersen and the Carson Group Partners Investment Committee One in 256,481,280. No, I am not calculating the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery. This is the number of 50 square foot sections to view Totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the state of Nebraska. So many c …

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    Winning the Lottery vs Investing: What Are Your Odds?

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    Winning the Lottery vs Investing: What Are Your Odds?

    Published by Tyler Schlumpf and the Carson Group Partners Investment Committee We definitely have fun to getting swept away in the “what if’s” of instantly coming into a large sum of money, hopefully most people are rational though and understand they are playing to be a part of it but don’ …

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    Fees or Foes

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    Fees or Foes

    Published by Scott Kubie Recently, a fee-only financial advisor mentioned to me that more clients are proposing to manage more of their own assets and invest in the “S&P 500.” For most who go down this path, this move will likely end badly. These investors, while seeking to avoid wealth …

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    How to Avoid the Top 3 Financial Fears in Retirement

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    How to Avoid the Top 3 Financial Fears in Retirement

    You’ve worked hard for your money and during your retirement years, you want to have confidence that you can enjoy it. However, many retirees have common concerns as they move from asset accumulation to asset preservation. “Am I spending too much?” “Have I set aside enough for long-term car …

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    Three Reasons to Consider Active Management

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    Three Reasons to Consider Active Management

    Published by Brett Carson Trends are pervasive in our culture, and the investment world is no different. The latest is the move towards passive investing using low-cost ETFs. Essentially, the argument is that nobody can consistently beat the overall market, so you’re better off owning a che …

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    What is goals-based planning?

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    What is goals-based planning?

    The first step to goals-based planning is to sit back, relax and day-dream. Or, break out a bottle of wine and sit with your partner and just talk about what you see your life looking like in the future. Ask yourself, “What is it that I really want?”

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    The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

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    The Importance of Portfolio Diversification

    The famous stock market axiom, “it’s the bus you don’t see that hits you”, nicely underpins the reasons behind maintaining a diversified portfolio. The stark reality of investing is that there are unknowable landmines. Even though investment managers and analysts spend hundreds of hours sco …

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    How to Set up a Trust

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    How to Set up a Trust

    Published by Beth Schanou, Director of Wealth and Estate Planning A trust can be a necessary tool for an estate plan. But, you may ask, what is a trust? Put very simply, a trust is created with a formal legal document to manage assets for beneficiaries. The trust is created by a person call …

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    Robo vs. Reality

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    Robo vs. Reality

    Published by Pete Mullen, Relationship Manager Have you ever been in a hurry at the grocery store and decided to use the automated check-out line, instead of waiting the extra minute to get in line and have a human check your groceries out for you? Well, if your experience was anything like …

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