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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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Inflation and Your Portfolio

Inflation and Your Portfolio

Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns.

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

How to Retire Early

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

 

What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps

An increasing number have been developed to help individuals with their personal finances.

Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer

Individuals have three basic choices with the 401(k) account they accrued at a previous employer.

Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.

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A collection of tips from professional travelers.

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Stop Wasting Money

One way to find money is to examine your current spending habits and eliminate money wasters.

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Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

What Is My Current Net Worth?

Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.

Assess Your Life Insurance Needs

This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

Impact of Taxes and Inflation

Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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The Richest Man in Babylon

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

Exit Strategies of the Rich and Famous

Estate conservation is too important to put off. Do you have a smart exit strategy?

Making Your Tax Bracket Work

Have you explored all your options when it comes to managing your taxable income?

What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?

$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

From Boats to Brokers

From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history.

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