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1 Consider financial gifts for all your Valentines
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 15th, 2018

Valentine's Day was yesterday - and it's a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting - a financial gift.
   
2 What should you do with your tax refund?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 8th, 2018

You may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you're expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money?
   
3 Put a trusted 'quarterback' on your financial team
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | February 1st, 2018

On February 4, the eyes of most of the country - and much of the rest of the world - will be on Minneapolis, site of Super Bowl LII. As a fan, you can admire the way Super Bowl quarterbacks direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals - and you may find it helpful to have your own "quarterback."
   
4 When do you need a financial advisor?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 18th, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple - and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?
   
5 Time is a key factor in investing
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | January 4th, 2018

With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: "Who knows where the time goes?" And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your success as an investor.
   
6 Are you a snowbird? Protect your finances while you're gone
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 14th, 2017

Winter is (just about) officially here - but you may soon be leaving it behind if you're a snowbird. When you go, though, you'll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold.
   
7 Time to review your investment strategy for the year
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | December 7th, 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?
   
8 Can you afford to retire early? How you can plan ahead
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 30th, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead - because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.
   
9 During the holidays, be extra vigilant about protecting financial data
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 22nd, 2017

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information - especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.
   
10 How can you share your financial "abundance" with your family?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · Opinions | November 16th, 2017

Thanksgiving is almost here. Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved ones.
   
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