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  • Staring Opportunity in the Face

    Staring Opportunity in the Face

    January 30, 2015
    Key Takeaway! We often see returns as something that only a bank or the stock market can give us. But in low-interest-rate environments, returns can also come in the form of reduced debt payments or even helping out family. Opportunity might be staring you in the face. My oldest son is ...
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  • Keeping Your Family Together After You're Gone

    Keeping Your Family Together After You’re Gone

    January 14, 2015
    Key Takeaway! The matriarch of the family is often the glue that holds everyone together. When she passes, the children can drift away from one another. Here’s one simple idea for combating the drift. My father passed away 22 years ago at the age of 53. While he was far too ...
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  • The Gift of Knowledge: Seven Great Reads

    The Gift of Knowledge: Seven Great Reads

    December 22, 2014
    Key Takeaway! Give the gift of knowledge this holiday season to those who already have everything they need. It is that time of year again. Everyone scrambles for the perfect gift when the reality is that most of us already have everything we really need. But there is one thing we ...
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  • The Christmas Price Index and Your Retirement

    The Christmas Price Index and Your Retirement

    December 8, 2014
    Key Takeaway! Sometimes holiday music can lead to an eye-opening planning opportunity for all of us. Just think about “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and the impact of inflation on your retirement. Twelve drummers drumming will cost about the same this year as last—approximately $2,854. Each year, PNC estimates the true ...
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  • Long-Term-Care Insurance: Is Retirement Complete Without It?

    Long-Term-Care Insurance: Is Retirement Complete Without It?

    November 21, 2014
    Key Takeaway! The question of having long-term-care insurance isn’t just about whether you will use it. It is also about the duration of use. This changes the thinking of why you may, or may not, want to consider it in your health care plan. Health care has become one of the ...
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  • The Difference a Day Makes

    The Difference a Day Makes

    November 18, 2014
    Key Takeaway! Retiring seems so easy—you just have to pick a date and go. But if you don’t understand how that date affects your money, you could end up leaving a lot on the table. Expiration dates on food can often be fudged a little. After all, it isn’t necessarily true ...
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  • Teenagers and Executives Think the Same Way

    Teenagers and Executives Think the Same Way

    November 11, 2014
    Key Takeaway! Too often we adopt a “one way or the other way” sort of thinking in our decision-making. Active versus passive investing is an example. If you don’t consider other options before making a decision, you’ll end up acting like a teenager (or a corporate executive). The ongoing debate about ...
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