Understanding Today’s Financial Environment
Welcome, I’m Michael Hammen, a financial professional and owner of Advantage Financial & Tax Services in West Des Moines, IA. We understand that individuals and households face increasingly complex financial challenges as we navigate our way through life.
A few questions you may have. For example:
Are we saving enough for retirement? How does retirement savings impact my tax situation? How much can I save each year? What can I expect to receive at retirment in the form of income? How can I save on my income taxes each year? Can I save for my kids/grandkids college expenses? How much life insurance do I need? and other simular questions.
Our professionals have years of experience in financial services. We can help answer many of those questions, and assist you moving forward.
Planning for the Expected
You can plan ahead to protect yourself and your family against the financial consequences of deteriorating health.
The Latte Lie and Other Myths
Do you know these three personal finance sayings?
The Pre-Retirement Checklist
This checklist can give you a quick snapshot of how prepared you are.
Understanding the economy's cycles can help put current business conditions in better perspective.
Sound estate management includes creating financial and healthcare documents. Here's an inside look.
Diversification is an investment principle designed to manage risk, but it can't prevent against a loss.
Have you ever wondered how your credit score compares to the rest of the country? Take a look and see.
Annuities are versatile tools that can help you save for retirement and generate income in retirement.
The wise use of credit is a critical skill. These 10 questions will help you assess your skill level.
This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.
This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.
Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.
Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.
This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.
Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.
Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?
There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.
Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular?
Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.
Selecting a mortgage isn't an easy process. Get a better understanding of how professionals make the right decisions.
Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.