We Look at Your Whole Financial Picture
Welcome to our website! Please browse around. Become a knowledgeable taxpayer and help us help you. Remember we want you to contact us with your "Here's what we're thinking about doing" questions--not your "guess what we just did" comments. Taxes are only part of your financial picture. Investments,* insurance, estate planning, long term care, and other areas can contribute to your long term plan development. It's not too late to start saving for retirement or to get assistance in how to take your retirement savings in a tax-advantaged way. We have articles on this website to help educate you and we're here to advise you about your particular situation. Investment and financial planning services are offered by Lori Rust through her affiliation with Avantax.
Saving for College 101
Here’s a crash course on saving for college.
This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.
Money Draining Food Myths
These food myths will really put a drain on your wallet.
When to Self-Insure
Choosing to bear the financial burden of an adverse event is called self-insuring. Do you know what that entails?
A Brief History of Estate Taxes
Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.
Spotting Credit Trouble
The wise use of credit is a critical skill. These 10 questions will help you assess your skill level.
Lots of Variables with Fixed-Rate Mortgages
When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.
Key Money Moments: 4 Times You Should Talk to a Pro
Life happens fast, and your finances can take a backseat if you’re not careful. Is it time to check in with a financial professional? This infographic will help you examine your own financial situation and decide if it’s time to step up your financial game.
Retirement Plan Choices for Small Businesses
Retirement choices can be intimidating. Picking the right strategy.
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Social Security Taxes
Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.
Impact of Taxes and Inflation
Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.
Contributing to an IRA?
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
My Retirement Savings
Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.
Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.
Tax Freedom Day
Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.
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Protecting Those Who Matter Most
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
5 Smart Investing Strategies
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
An Inside Look at Retirement Living
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
Your Cash Flow Statement
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
5 Smart Investing Principles
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
Managing Your Lifestyle
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times
All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.
Estate Management 101
A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.
The Other Sure Thing
Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?
The Business Cycle
How will you weather the ups and downs of the business cycle?
How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?
Bursting the Bubble
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?