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The Basics of Estate Planning

The Basics of Estate Planning

Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about end-of-life planning on a daily basis. But you may have loved ones who will soon face these issues. While it’s not pleasant to think about, you may be the one who ends up having to sort out their affairs. And, the reality is, there will come a time when you need to think about yourself and your
own family. Knowing the basics can help you feel more prepared when that time comes.

A Guide To Unfinished Business

A Guide To Unfinished Business

The intent of this guide is to help you with the unfinished paperwork and decisions that can be overwhelming after the death of a loved one.

Understanding Your Estate

Understanding Your Estate

An informational guide about the critical elements of an Estate Plan

  • Key elements of an estate strategy
  • What does your will do?
  • Details commonly included in a letter of intent
  • Features of a trust
A Guide to your Statements

A Guide to your Statements

Your quarterly statements from LPL Financial provide a clear, comprehensive view of your investments and account activity.


Inside each statement, you’ll find:

  • A summary of key information front and center.
  • Total values and changes highlighted, followed by supporting details. 
  • Charts and graphs to help you understand your information at a glance.
  • A QR code that takes you to your personal statement site, where you’ll find additional information.
  • A holistic view of your account information including upcoming events, account and fund documents, and more.
The Basics of Social Security

The Basics of Social Security

When you think about Social Security, what comes to mind? Do you worry if it will still be around for you when you retire? Do you wonder how much you can expect to receive each month? Are you aware
of when you can start taking your benefit, or what you can do to maximize it?

This Personal Finance Education piece from LPL may help to answer your questions.

Take Charge of Your 401(k)

Take Charge of Your 401(k)

This guide may help you keep up with your financial needs, while avoiding common (and expensive) mistakes.

  • Powerful information that could potentially save you thousands in taxes and fees
  • Tips to help put you one step ahead in your retirement preparations
  • Critical mistakes that cannot be corrected (and how to avoid them)
The 5 Elements of Financial Wellness

The 5 Elements of Financial Wellness

Financial wellness is a term that refers to the overall
health and well-being of an individual's finances. In order
to achieve financial wellness, it is essential to
understand and manage the five key elements of
personal finance: spending, saving, borrowing, planning,
and protecting.

2023/2024 Tax Season Guide

2023/2024 Tax Season Guide

To ease some of the burdens of tax season, we’ve created this helpful
guide, which contains all the information you may need to easily address tax issues and questions that you might face.

TOP 10 PROVISIONS IN SECURE 2.0

TOP 10 PROVISIONS IN SECURE 2.0

Congress recently enacted landmark retirement legislation know as SECURE 2.0 that will incentivize individuals to save for retirement, while increasing access to workplace plans.

The new low includes a number of provisions intended to benefit individuals as well as small business owners.  

Download a summary of the Top 10 Provisions.

8 Timeless Principles of Investing

8 Timeless Principles of Investing

  1. Focus on what you can control
  2. Put time on your side
  3. Tune out the Noise
  4. Don't try to time markets
  5. Understand all forms of risk
  6. Avoid the emotional roller coaster
  7. The cost of Procrastination
  8. Delegate the details
Unlocking the Treasures to Financial Wellness

Unlocking the Treasures to Financial Wellness

The nation’s financial and physical wellness are both on an upswing. While finances and health may seem unrelated, the two are often closely intertwined, especially in America’s bustling, free-flowing marketplace.

Pursuing Financial Independence

Pursuing Financial Independence

Our process for crafting your personal plan.

The Basics of Managing Debt

The Basics of Managing Debt

Being in debt is certainly no fun, and it can sometimes take over your financial
life. For a lot of people, debt can make it hard to cover even your everyday
living expenses, not to mention saving for retirement or other financial goals.

5 Ways to Stay Confident in Retirement

5 Ways to Stay Confident in Retirement

While you can’t be certain what the future holds, you can strategize for the retirement life you want—and take these five steps to help you get there with confidence.

6 Important Financial Strategies for Your 20's & 30's

6 Important Financial Strategies for Your 20's & 30's

Younger generations have very different personal finance and investing priorities than their parents. Use this informational guide to help individuals in their 20s and 30s navigate the world of investing and personal finance, and to help them start thinking seriously about their financial future.

7 Principles of Long-Term Investing

7 Principles of Long-Term Investing

Investing may sound enticing. But how do you do it? This updated guide provides you with the keys to smart investing for the long haul.

You will discover how to invest wisely and responsibly and avoid the common traps and mistakes made by novice investors.

These seven principles of long-term investing will equip you to make the best decisions to pursue your financial goals. 

59 1/2 Why is this Age so Important?

59 1/2 Why is this Age so Important?

You're approaching a major turning point in your life. A financial professional can help you discover wise solutions and develop smart retirement strategies for a fulfilling and exciting future.

Common Tax Errors to Avoid

Common Tax Errors to Avoid

Filing your taxes can be a complex responsibility, and accidental errors can be easy to make. By being diligent, carefully strategizing, and keeping tight records, you can improve your ability to file taxes without mistakes. 

The Great Spending Balance

The Great Spending Balance

Many pre-retirees struggle to balance living a life they love in the present while also saving for the future. This guide outlines the top three expenditures that typically impact the ability to plan ahead: your home, vehicle, and travel. Use this guide to get a head start investing while ensuring that you're enjoying the road to retirement.

Insured at Every Stage - Starting Out

Insured at Every Stage - Starting Out

The transition to adulthood is an exciting time that marks true independence. You or your children may have graduated from college, started a job, and rented their first apartments. With this new freedom comes responsibility, including protecting yourselves from the financial risks that life can present.

This guide will help you and your children navigate the many available insurance options and decide how to protect your financial futures, starting today.

Insured at Every Stage - Getting Married

Insured at Every Stage - Getting Married

Marriage changes everything, including insurance needs. Even if you lived together and shared expenses before getting married, you may now have new responsibilities — and opportunities — regarding your insurance coverage. 

This guide will help you see how marriage affects your policies, and consider whether you need additional insurance in this new life stage.

Insured at Every Stage - Raising a Family

Insured at Every Stage - Raising a Family

As life evolves, so do your insurance needs. Having the right coverage can be one of the most important ways to protect yourselves and your families. From auto to life and everywhere in between, insurance can help you prepare for unforeseen challenges and protect your financial foundation. 

A growing family means growing financial obligations, both now and years from now. This guide outlines essential insurance coverage for families with children.

Insured at Every Stage - The Golden Years

Insured at Every Stage - The Golden Years

Later adulthood brings unique changes and opportunities. At this stage you may be at the height of your earning power and near peak savings as you lay the groundwork for retirement and beyond. 

Preserving assets requires more than a thoughtful investment strategy. Insurance helps protect against an array of financial risks, especially health factors associated with aging. This guide will help you see how your insurance needs evolve as you age, and how to make informed choices about coverage.

Navigating Divorce

Navigating Divorce

No one ever enters into a marriage expecting that it will end. A divorce can be one of the most challenging things to go through, and can often negatively impact the finances of both parties. However, with some careful preparation and research, we can help you work towards safeguarding your financial future in this new phase of life.

Preparing for a Satisfying Retirement

Preparing for a Satisfying Retirement

Many Americans may not understand how to fully take advantage of their employer-sponsored retirement plans.
We’ve created this special report to help you make the most of your savings and investment opportunities and help improve your prospects for a comfortable retirement.

Women and Investing

Women and Investing

Financial success is a goal for many, but women face unique barriers that can make that goal more challenging to achieve. This guide explores these daunting challenges but also examines investing pitfalls that all investors should avoid when taking control of their financial futures.