Market Commentary: Earnings in the Long Run, and Short

Earnings Expectations Continue to Rise The summer rally continued last week, the S&P 500 gaining 1.4% and hitting more all-time highs. Stock gains ultimately depend on earnings and they continue to look good in both the short and long run. Inflation data finally provided some relief, wi …

Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Inflation Continues to Improve

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in much better than expected and the markets reacted. What do investors need to know about this and other news from the week? Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese share their insights. Highlight …

3 Methods to Not Run Out of Money

What’s the #1 fear in retirement? Running out of money. Get our step-by-step guide to help ensure your assets last a lifetime.   Download Guide

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3 Methods to Not Run Out of Money

What’s the #1 fear in retirement? Running out of money. Get our step-by-step guide to help ensure your assets last a lifetime.   Download Guide

Creating a Family Financial Plan

Having a sound financial plan is an important part of life, especially when you have a family to provide for. Starting out in creating your financial plan can be difficult. Continue reading below for some tips in kicking off your family’s financial plan.

Caring for Aging Parents on a Budget: Tips for Family Caregivers

Getting old can be scary and can have a lot of implications for our financial wellbeing. Watching your parents age is no small task, either, and preparing for that transition into their Golden Years is important. Is it possible to set them up for care on a budget? Continue reading below for …

2024 Calendar: Key Tasks & Financial Dates

2024 Calendar: Key Tasks & Financial Dates

Tackle 2024 with this month-by-month financial task list. We’ve also included important dates so you won’t miss key deadlines.

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The Corporate Transparency Act: What You Need to Know

By Mike Valenti, CPA, CFP®, Director,Tax Planning LLCs can provide legal protections and a level of anonymity, either or both of which can be beneficial for business owners, investors, and others with valid intentions. But those features also attract criminal activity, and layers of shell c …

Life Insurance for Business and Estate Planning

By Matt Lewis, CLTC, Vice President, Insurance Life insurance is designed to provide for your loved ones after your death, giving you peace of mind that their financial needs will be met without your income. But life insurance can benefit your financial planning in many other ways.

Building Your Ideal Business Succession Plan

By Odaro Aisueni, CFP®, Wealth Planning Administrator As a small business owner, you’re likely so immersed in the routine functions of your business that you haven’t yet put much thought into the day you leave it behind. In fact, most small business owners have so much purpose t …

Business Succession Planning Checklist

Business Succession Planning Checklist

You remember your first day of business. But what about your last day? Succession planning is more complex than it may seem. Our guide walks you through the details.

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The Roth IRA Conversion: Why & How to Use This Strategy in Your Retirement Planning

Roth IRA conversions have emerged as a compelling strategy in retirement planning, offering a range of benefits and opportunities. Converting your tax-deferred retirement plans to a Roth IRA can be a strategic move, particularly for individuals seeking tax diversification, potential long-te …

Retirement Savings Tips for Different Stages of Life

Fifty six percent of Americans in the workforce don’t feel they’re where they should be with their retirement savings, according to a study performed by Bankrate.1Being prepared for retirement is important, and financial experts recommend saving as early as possible to ensure you’re prepare …

Choosing the Right Retirement Accounts: IRA vs. 401(k)

There are many things to consider when thinking about retirement. First and foremost, it’s important to choose the right kind of retirement accounts and plan how best to fund your lifestyle after you stop working. Typically, investors have three common types of retirement accounts to choose …

7 Important Retirement Savings Topics for 2023

7 Important Retirement Savings Topics for 2023

See the topics that are important to keep in mind as you navigate the various individual and employer-sponsored plans that may be available to you.

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The Basics of Estate Planning: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Having an estate plan established when you pass is of monumental importance, especially to your loved ones. The added insult to injury of watching your assets get tied up in probate after your passing is something nobody wants to deal with.

Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

As we get older and start growing a collection of assets like real estate and financial accounts, our estate grows. As our estate grows, it’s crucial to begin building our estate plan to ensure that our assets will be passed on to our loved ones when we pass away.

Choosing the Right Trustee for Your Estate Plan

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when designing your estate plan is who to name in the various fiduciary roles: trustee, personal representative, executor and agent. While a critical decision, it’s often given significantly less thought than the distribution of your assets. B …

A Guide to Gifting to Your Heirs

A Guide to Gifting to Your Heirs

Gifting to your loved ones now or posthumously each carries their own positives and negatives as they relate to your estate plan, taxes, your goals and your legacy.

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8 Financial Goals and Milestones to Work Towards Achieving in Your Life

Having milestones and goals to work towards are important for everyone to have. They give us a sense of drive and satisfaction when we finally achieve that goal. Financially, people oftentimes strive for financial independence or security. We’ve listed below eight common financial goals to …

7 Economic Myths Busted

By Ryan Detrick, Chief Market Strategist We’ve been hearing many of the same myths over and over, yet we don’t think they are the big worry that the media and many make them out to be. These are legitimate concerns and have many investors worried, but we think the chances of them becoming l …

Flying in Style: Modern Airline Rewards

We recently passed the 40th anniversary of frequent flyer programs as we know them. These programs started really simply, but forever changed the way we travel. Essentially, the more you flew, the more points you earned, the more free flights you received.

When Shifting Goals Mean Shifting Plans

When Shifting Goals Mean Shifting Plans

Your financial plan shouldn't look the same at 55 as it did when you were 35, right? So how do you know when it's time to adjust your plan?

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Market Commentary: Earnings in the Long Run, and Short

Earnings Expectations Continue to Rise The summer rally continued last week, the S&P 500 gaining 1.4% and hitting more all-time highs. Stock gains ultimately depend on earnings and they continue to look good in both the short and long run. Inflation data finally provided some relief, wi …

Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Inflation Continues to Improve

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in much better than expected and the markets reacted. What do investors need to know about this and other news from the week? Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese share their insights. Highlight …

Market Commentary: The Summer Rally Continues Amid Strong Job Gains

The Summer Rally Continues Another week and more new highs for the S&P 500. As we’ve noted before, summer rallies are actually quite normal in an election year and we didn’t think this year would be any different. In fact, the three summer months are up more than seven percent on averag …

2023 Market Outlook Report

2023 Market Outlook Report

Will the bull market continue in 2024? What about a recession? What will the Fed do? We take a deep dive into our outlook for 2024 in Carson Investment Research’s Outlook ‘24: Seeing Eye to Eye.

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3 Major Financial Challenges of High Net Worth Individuals

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Keeping Your Financial Accounts Cyber Secure

Cybercrime is on the rise everywhere. In fact, global losses due to cybercrime climbed from $600 billion in 2018 to $1 trillion in 2020. That’s enough to make anyone concerned about the security of their financial accounts. But you don’t have to feel helpless against the threat of hackers. …

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COVID’s Financial Toll Isn’t What You Think

By Erin Wood, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Advanced Solutions Just a few years ago, Rose retired with a decent-sized 401(k). With some careful budgeting and a part-time job, her retirement finances were on track. Rose was looking forward to traveling, reigniting her passion …

Emerging Financially Healthy After a Gray Divorce

By: Erin Wood, CFP®, CRPC®, FBS®, Senior Vice President, Financial Planning, Carson Group   Laura and Caroline are in their late 50s. Friends since meeting at a playgroup for their toddlers, both were in long-term, seemingly happy marriages.

3 Roth Conversion Traps To Avoid After The SECURE Act

Roth conversions can be a powerful tax and retirement planning technique. The idea behind most Roth conversions is to take money from an IRA and convert it to a Roth IRA. Essentially, you’re paying taxes today instead of paying taxes in the future.