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.
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Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy
Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.
When you take the time to learn more about how it works, you may be able to put the tax code to work for you.
It's important to understand the pros and cons when considering a prepaid debit card.
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When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.
There have been a number of changes to Social Security that may affect you, especially if you are nearing retirement.
It sounds simple, but paying yourself first can really pay off.
Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.
Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.
Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.
Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.
This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.
This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
What is your plan for health care during retirement?
The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.
Learn how to harness the power of compound interest for your investments.
When should you take your Social Security benefit?
A bucket plan can help you be better prepared for a comfortable retirement.
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