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CNBC: Bungling this retirement decision could cost you $300,000

Picking the wrong Social Security claiming strategy could cost you, big time.

“This is the single-largest asset many consumers have, and they’re not optimizing it, they’re not getting the maximum income from it,” certified financial planner Ron Carson, founder and CEO of Carson Wealth Management Group, told CNBC. Read more

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Nelly Carson Reviews Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Sometime around 15,000 years ago, a very inspired human saw a dog just like me and said to themselves, “This looks like an amazing best friend.” That person and hundreds of others started to domesticate us as canine companions. But, what they soon realized was that dogs also make amazing coworkers because of our loyalty, intelligence and, dare I say, lovability. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary November 13, 2017

Global stock markets edged slightly lower after reaching new highs earlier in the week. The S&P 500 and the MSCI ACWI both slipped 0.2%. Bonds fared worse, as the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index shed 0.4%. Even with the slight decline, the S&P 500 and the MSCI ACWI are positive for November.   Read more

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5 SMART Tips for Your Wealth and Wellness

Yes, it’s fall…already! Time is such a precious commodity, so make sure you are making the most of it you’re granted. I recently returned from a trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park with my sisters- time well spent! We are making memories that will last a lifetime and continue to bond with each other in ways that can’t be duplicated without spending time together! Read more

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Should You Pay Down Your Debt or Invest Your Money?

Published by Pamela Peña

Whether we don’t mind having debt or it gives us anxiety, most of us carry some percentage of it in our balance sheets. One of the most common questions clients ask me is whether they should pay down their debt or invest the extra money in the market. I wanted to show you a simple way to analyze the numbers. Read more

Monthly Newsletters

November Monthly Newsletter – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Last Thursday House GOP leaders unveiled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a tax plan that proposes a broad overhaul to the corporate and individual tax system, building from the framework announced in September by the White House and House GOP leaders. The TCJA proposes to create more jobs, grow paychecks and bring fairer taxes to American families.[1]   Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary November 6, 2017

October produced another positive month for many major stock market indices, and the first few days of November pushed some to new highs. The S&P 500 rose 0.3%, the MSCI ACWI rose 0.6%, and the Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index climbed 0.4%. The S&P 500 is now up more than 15% this year, and the MSCI ACWI has soared more than 18% since January.  Read more

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My Favorite Financial Planning Tool

Published by Ron Carson

The digital world is filled with financial planning tools and apps that can help you take stock of specific aspects of your financial situation, whether that is how much you are spending on lattes or whether you are saving enough for retirement. Read more

Market Commentary

Weekly Market Commentary October 30, 2017

Another week, another record. The S&P 500 edged up 0.2% to post another new record. The MSCI ACWI dropped 0.1% as a strengthening dollar pushed the value of international stocks lower for U.S. investors. The Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Aggregate Bond Index slipped -0.1%. Read more

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Financial Planning is for Everyone

Published by Beth Schanou

Everyone can benefit from some form of financial planning. Not all plans look the same because we are individuals and have unique needs, but the need for some amount of planning is present for every age group and financial status. Often this can be difficult to embrace because in order to plan effectively, there is a need to open up and share personal information including finances and goals. This isn’t always easy. Read more