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Understanding Today's Financial Environment
Welcome, we’re Financial Strategies, a financial planning and wealth management firm in Longview, WA. We understand that every family faces unique challenges. Whether your goal is preparing for retirement, planning for the efficient transfer of your estate, or figuring out where you are at on your financial journey, we are here to help.
At Financial Strategies, it is our mission to create positive outcomes in the lives of those around us.
Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date
Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."
When Life Insurance Becomes Taxable
Life insurance proceeds are generally tax-free. But not in all cases.
What If You Get Audited?
The chances of an IRS audit aren't that high. And being audited does not necessarily imply that the IRS suspects wrongdoing.
Retirement Plan Choices for Small Businesses
Retirement choices can be intimidating. Picking the right strategy.
Life Insurance Myths: Debunked
Whether you have life insurance through your work, are retired, or are raising a family, it pays to know the truth about life insurance coverage. Examine and debunk the five most common life insurance myths, and arm yourself with knowledge.
The Pros and Cons of a NUA Strategy
Learn the advantages of a Net Unrealized Appreciation strategy with this helpful article.
Medicare Advantage 101
Overview of Medicare Advantage, what’s in them, special rules, and more.
How Retirement Spending Changes With Time
It can be difficult for clients to imagine how much they’ll spend in retirement. This short, insightful article is useful for jumpstarting a conversation about retirement spending, spending habits, and potential medical costs.
Insurance Needs Assessment: For Empty Nesters and Retirees
Do your insurance needs stay the same when the nest empties?
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Comparing Mortgage Terms
Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.
Interested in a Fuel Efficient Car?
Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.
This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.
Self-Employed Retirement Plans
Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.
Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
Roth 401(k) vs. Traditional 401(k)
This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).
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Protecting Those Who Matter Most
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
5 Smart Investing Principles
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
Investment Strategies for Retirement
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
Principles of Preserving Wealth
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
Managing Your Lifestyle
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
Your Cash Flow Statement
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
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The Long Run: Women and Retirement
For women, retirement strategy is a long race. It’s helpful to know the route.
When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust
A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.
How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?
Stay Safe with a B.O.P. At Your Back
Learn about the advantages of Business Owner Policies with this highly educational and fun animated video.
Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?
There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.
Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now
Have you found yourself suddenly single? Here are 3 steps to take right now.