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Early Retirement 101: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Before 65

As of 2022, nearly half of all Americans expect to retire before they’re 62. This trend toward retiring early has been building over the last few years, but the pandemic and the Great Resignation have spurred it even further. It might leave you wondering, “Can I retire early, too?” The average age for full retirement …

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What in the World?

In the next few days, many investors will be opening their monthly statements with some level of trepidation. Understandably, most investors are asking the question, “how much more can I take?” Some investors, especially those with years ahead of them, are currently buying stocks and bonds. Others who have less time are turning “cautious.” I …

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Investing in the Wake of the Ukraine Invasion and Market Turmoil: A Note from West Michigan Advisors

Investing in the Wake of the Ukraine Invasion and Market Turmoil: A Note from West Michigan Advisors The news has been dreadful as it scrolls across the bottom of your screen. I believe it is fair to say that most people have been on edge since the beginning of the lockdowns from the pandemic until …

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Can You Contribute Stock to a 529 Plan? and Other FAQs About Saving For Your Child’s Education

You want to give your child every opportunity to succeed in life. Higher education can open lots of doors, but it comes with a pretty big price tag. That’s why many parents choose to start saving for their children’s college education early. But what’s the best way to save? There are a few different options …

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What Is a Wealth Management Advisor? (And How Do You Know If You Need One?)

The more assets you have, the more difficult they are to manage. That’s where most higher-income individuals want a little help. But often they’re not sure who to turn to. Sometimes they’re stuck with a piece-meal approach — one person for investments, one person for insurance, one person for taxes. But pretty soon, managing all …

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