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Are you ready for your Hurricane Harvey?

Sandi Weaver's excellent article recently appeared in the Kansas City Star and the '913' Johnson County edition.

Smart Money Experts on Trump’s Tax Proposal and End of the Year Best Practices

KCUR radio show from October 16, 2017 featuring Sandi Weaver.  While an official tax bill hasn't been presented, Republicans last month outlined a framework for a new tax code. The Smart Money Experts explain the key takeaways from the plan and how it could affect what you owe the government come April 2018.

Avoid Financial Disaster After a Natural One

KCUR Radio Show from September 26, 2017 featuring Sandi Weaver. Emergency preparedness is in the national consciousness in a big way. Today, the Smart Money Experts make a special trip to the studio to discuss preparing your family's finances for the wide-ranging effects of a natural disaster.

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Smart Money Experts Bust Popular Financial Myths, Market Effects Of Trump's Tweets

Is gold always a safe investment? Is getting a big tax return necessarily a good thing? Can money really buy happiness? Today, our Smart Money Experts answer those questions and more as they separate financial facts from fiction. They also discuss how President Donald Trump's tweets impact the stock prices of the companies, like Nordstrom and Ford, that catch his ire.

Can you be a socially responsible investor?

From the 913 Edition of The Kansas City Star written by Sandi Weaver

Many of us are card-carrying Sierra Club members and concerned about climate change. But when it comes to our money, few of us invest our values, although we'd like to.

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Smart Money Experts On Financial Wellness Gender Gap

Several factors influence a person's financial health: age, career choice, dependents ... but gender? According to a 2016 report by Financial Finesse, a firm that manages financial wellness programs for employers, women are not as financially secure in the long-term when compared to their male counterparts, especially among millennials.

A Common Insurance Planning Mistake – Rey Arellano, CFP®

Although often overlooked, insurance planning is a fundamental aspect of being financially sound. Usually, people do not like to talk about insurance because it involves losing something, i.e., wrecking your car, an injury preventing you from working, or the loss of your property. However, being underinsured (or in some cases over insured) could be a costly mistake that can easily be avoided with proper planning. The following is an example of how analyzing a policy led us to saving clients’ money and making sure they were properly insured.

Will you Win with Trump Tax Changes?

We’ve heard the huzzahs about President Trumps’ tax changes, but little detail. Here’s a synopsis by which you can consider some smart money moves.

From the Kansas City Star 913 -  dated 4/17/2017

Smart Money Experts on Stretching Your Retirement Savings

Even if you enjoy your career, you likely plan on permanently leaving the workforce at some point. With longer life expectancy rates, and shrinking stability in government pension programs, hopeful retirees are right to be concerned about the financial viability of doing so.

KCUR Radio Broadcast aired on February 17, 2017 featuring Sandi Weaver

Contemplating a Gift to Charity? Be smart about it!

We’re nearing the season to give to our favorite charities. Be smart about it! You can do better than just writing a check. Here’s a sampling of strategies to use.

Do you drop twenty dollar bills in the red Salvation Army bucket? Or nod “yes” when the grocer asks if you want to donate to the store's charity? You can give 25% more! Write a check, and take the tax deduction. If you drop a $20 in the red bucket 10 times over this holiday season, that's $200. If you and your spouse earn over $74,000, you pay taxes at the 25%+ tax rate. Writing a check for $200 and taking the deduction on your tax return saves you $50 which you can add onto your next check to charity.

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