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“What am I paying fees for?” How to determine the value of financial advice

Good financial advice should be available to everyone. Yet traditional fee structures of financial firms can be complex and exclusive. Many times, it results in shunning people with small investable accounts who would greatly benefit from professional advice. I like to compare financial advice to ordering a steak at a restaurant. Your steak costs the same whether you make $20,000 or $20 million. However, just as you wouldn’t pay filet mignon prices for a hanger steak, the same goes for good advice—you get what you pay for.

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401(k)s: Making the Most of the Match

BlueSky Wealth Advisor John Gjertsen CFA, CFP®, EA is located in Acworth, Georgia. The beginning of a calendar year is the perfect time for employees to re-evaluate their strategy for saving in a retirement plan, such as a 401(k). With limits that frequently change and a complicated array of tax and plan rules, taking full advantage of employee benefits can sometimes be a tricky proposition.

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Greed, For Lack of A Better Word, Is Bad.

The whole world watched, as virtually every investor was directly or indirectly affected by the unbelievable scale of deception that was unfolding. Since then there have been many changes made within the investment industry to help prevent this type of event from happening again

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What Has Social Security Taught us?

BlueSky Wealth Advisor, Stephen Fletcher, CFP® Professional, MBA is located in our New Bern office. When I first began my career, I got a very helpful piece of advice from my first boss; he was a perfectionist and reviewed even the most minute detail of the work I turned in to him. He told me that, as good as someone is at their job, you must assume at the outset of your experience with them that they are terrible at it.

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