• WHAT EXACTLY IS AN INDEX FUND

    An index fund is simply a security that seeks to track the movement of a particular index. In plain English that means it’s like a stock whose price goes up and down the same as the index it follows. An index can be pretty much anything. The Dow Jones Index is an index made up […]

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  • ALL ABOUT DISABILITY INSURANCE

    It’s time once again for a very important exciting insurance post! Yay, I’m glad you are as excited about this as I am, because today I am writing (and you will be reading) all about: Disability Insurance Woot woot! Yeah, I know, totally what you wanted to hear about today, more insurance talk. But trust […]

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  • 4 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS THAT FAIL AND HOW TO FIX THEM

    We are 3 weeks into 2019 and if you set any resolutions for the new year you’ve probably given up or forgotten all about them by now. Don’t feel bad, you’re in the same boat as everyone else. We humans are bad at making and sticking to resolutions, especially if they are non-specific and tied […]

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  • WHICH TYPE OF LIFE INSURANCE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

    Insurance can be a very complicated topic, and life insurance especially so. One of the reasons is that people don’t like to think about dying and especially not dying younger than they’d like. But another reason has to do with the complicated nature of life insurance and all of the various types available.   There are […]

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  • TIPS TO MANAGE HOLIDAY SPENDING

    When the weather starts turning colder and Starbucks rolls out their Pumpkin spice lattes and other festive creations it can only mean one thing. The holiday season is upon us. This time of year can bring a lot of joy and celebration: reuniting with friends and distant family members, partaking in holiday traditions, and the […]

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  • MARKET CORRECTIONS ARE HEALTHY AND NECESSARY

    With the stock market’s historic growth that began after the recession in early 2009, many experts believe a 10% pullback would be a healthy sign for the markets going forward. This sort of drop is not horribly painful, especially by historical standards, and in order for the stock market to keep advancing there must be […]

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  • IS NOW THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY A HOUSE IN BOISE?

    If you’ve been paying attention even a little bit then you know that the housing market in the Treasure Valley has been hot, hot, hot. The median sales price in Boise took a 20% jump this year, even after seven years of already steadily rising prices. This rise is due to the national rebound in […]

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  • IS THE HSA THE BEST RETIREMENT ACCOUNT?

    As we head into the last quarter of the year, many of us are coming up on the time to re-enroll in our employer benefit programs. This leads nicely into a discussion of one of the best retirement accounts available. A secret retirement account, that wasn’t designed as for retirement savings in the first place. […]

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  • HOW CAN A FINANCIAL ADVISOR HELP

    Starting out your initial financial decisions are relatively simple. Try to save more than you spend, set aside a sensible amount for emergencies, and invest the rest for longer term goals. As you grow and advance in your career the decisions tend to become more complicated. As you near retirement the decisions become even more […]

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  • BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE 529 PLAN

    The summer is over and the kids are back in school. While this is a happy time for parents, it can also cause some anxiety by reminding you that life after grade school is fast approaching. Depending on how old your kids are you may be helping them with their A B C’s, in the […]

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