Robo vs. Human Advisors: Why Personalized Help Matters

Having an investing strategy as part of an overall financial plan is an important way to save for the future and build wealth over time. However, making the right decisions can be challenging. That’s why people lean on professional financial advice to help them develop an action plan based on their financial goals and tolerance for risk.

While some people prefer meeting with an advisor, others want a do-it-yourself solution. That’s where robo-advisors come in. Continue reading

Ask the Advisor: Should I Contribute to an IRA?

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Sander Tom is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner™ with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry; more than 15 of those with SchoolsFirst FCU. Over this time, he has developed a deep understanding of investing and its powerful impact on a person’s life. 

Should I consider an IRA?

An Individual Retirement Account—or IRA—allows anyone with earned income to save for retirement. That’s why it’s a great option to start saving for your future, especially if you don’t have an employer-sponsored retirement plan through your job. Also, if you’re self-employed, you can use an IRA to create a retirement plan. In addition, there are special rules that may allow a stay-at-home spouse to contribute to an IRA. Continue reading

Investing Moves in a Stormy Market

It’s easy to understand why some people get panicky when the market drops. If financial headlines unsettle you, keep in mind what your goals are and if anything has changed in your life that warrant a review with a financial advisor. Otherwise, here are some strategies to build and maintain an investment portfolio you can live with through all market conditions.

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Understanding Inflation

Reprinted Courtesy of “It’s a Money Thing

Understanding Inflation

When most people think of inflation, their response is usually similar to when they see a vintage advertisement: reminiscing about the cheaper prices of the past (15 cents for a burger? Awesome!) while simultaneously feeling some resentment towards today’s ever-rising prices. Generally, inflation is seen as a frustrating “financial fact of life” that passively affects everyone as price levels climb and as the dollar’s purchasing power decreases over time.

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