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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Help determine the required minimum distribution from an IRA or other qualified retirement plan.
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.
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This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
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How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
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The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
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