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Easy Money: The Three-Legged Stool

By Don Anders | Jun 3, 2020

One of the most fundamental concepts in retirement planning is the three-legged stool. Why? Go ahead and imagine a three-legged stool. It’s not a four-legged stool, it’s a three-legged stool, so every one of those legs has to be perfectly aligned for the stool to work. If you shorten one, what’s going to happen? You’re…

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Easy Money: What is a 403B/TSA?

By Don Anders | May 27, 2020

The 403(b), otherwise known as a TSA or tax-sheltered annuity, is what I like to refer to as “the teacher’s 401(k)”. Now, it’s not necessarily for teachers, but the two types of organizations that can have a 403(b) are nonprofits and school boards. That’s why usually if you’re a teacher it’s very likely that you…

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Easy Money: Is an Annuity a Bad Investment?

By Don Anders | May 13, 2020

Annuities have really become a hot topic nowadays and I almost feel like it’s because everybody else is bashing it and they want to get on that train of bashing annuities. And while annuities can be bad, they can also be very good and very valuable. So what I want to do today is explain…

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Easy Money: Investments That Lock In Securely Like Rock Climbing

By Don Anders | May 6, 2020

When someone’s rock climbing, there are two different kinds. The first kind is where you climb 10-30 feet and then you drive in a pin and you kind of make sure that if you fall, that’s the furthest you fall. The other kind is something you might’ve heard of free climbing. And that’s where if…

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Easy Money: The 5 Needs of Money

By Don Anders | Apr 30, 2020

About six years ago, I was at the end of a long day and I was meeting with the fourth person who was getting ready to retire that day. As a fiduciary advisor, it’s my job to make sure that my clients are doing the best thing for them. I don’t do a one size…

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Easy Money: What is a Fiduciary?

By Don Anders | Apr 22, 2020

What does fiduciary mean? Ten or fifteen years ago, you really didn’t hear the word “fiduciary” unless people were talking about trust or things like that. But with the DOL ruling that they started to roll out a few years ago, the word fiduciary has become a hot topic, especially around finance. I think it…

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Easy Money: Why Income is Important

By Don Anders | Apr 15, 2020

There comes a point in everybody’s life where they need their investments to start paying them. What does income have to do with this need? Income is the last of The 5 Needs of Money, and the reason I leave it for last is that most people need income on their investments when they retire.…

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Easy Money: Growing Your Money!

By Don Anders | Apr 8, 2020

One of the most important needs that everyone can easily understand is growth. A lot of times, that’s mostly what people want. They save their money, they want to see it grow, and that’s not a problem at all. What you need to know is how much risk you’re taking to get that growth. If…

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Easy Money: 4 Social Security Changes to Keep From Running out of Money

By Don Anders | Apr 1, 2020

This is probably no news to you, we’ve been hearing about it for years. As of right now, Social Security is set to run out of money. Now the nice thing is we are still saving money up until 2022. For the next two years, more money is going into the reserve than what’s coming…

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Easy Money: How to Pick the Best Option for You

By Don Anders | Mar 25, 2020

Fewer and fewer Americans today have a pension. If you have one, congratulations, that’s great. It’s a huge asset to have, especially when it comes to retirement. But which pension option should you choose? Should you choose “Your Life Only?” Should you buy out your pension? Should you cover your spouse or maybe even cover…

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