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Mar

13

2014

Is The Average Retirement Age Increasing?

Many Americans appear to be giving up on retirement. It’s a sad fact, but there is evidence that seems to back this up. According to a recent poll by the Associated Press, from 2012 to 2014, the average actual retirement age among retirees rose from 59 to 62. Another recent study from Gallup projected that 80% of Americans over 50 will continue to work longer....

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Mar

13

2014

College or Retirement? Resist the Urge to Sacrifice Your Future

I know this may come off as mean and unthinkable, but I really think parents need to spend less time worrying about their children’s futures and more on their own. With pensions evaporating before our eyes and many people woefully underfunded for retirement, this should be a cause for alarm. Yet, a new study by T. Rowe Price1 surveyed 2,000 parents in December 2014 and found...

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Mar

07

2014
So You’re Going To Hire a Financial Advisor

So You’re Going To Hire a Financial Advisor

My Top 10 Items to Consider  After much self-examination and thorough analysis, you have decided to hire a Financial Advisor – Congratulations, now let the fun begin…. I happen to be sitting on the other side of the fence, yet I will attempt to give you some unbiased suggestions for what to look for when seeking out professional financial help. As David Lettermen does it,...

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Feb

27

2014

Looking at the Big Picture; the Premier Bucket Strategy

By now, I hope you have seen that I don’t like to overcomplicate my life… Far too often I tell clients not to “overthink” what they are trying to do with their investment accounts. I am not convinced $2 stock trades, low cost ETF’s, or “get-rich-quick” tapes and classes will make any of us better investors. This is the driving force behind what we call...

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Feb

20

2014
Who is in Control; You or Your Money?

Who is in Control; You or Your Money?

For the most part, I believe people have a fairly good grasp on how to manage their money. I am referring to the ability to enjoy your money and not have your money enjoy you. Have you ever seen the show “Hoarders”? It’s the show where people get consumed with collecting “stuff” to a point where their lives are taken over by belongings. Unfortunately, there...

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Feb

12

2014

Needs vs. Wants – Are we much different from our children?

“I want, I want, I want” – How often do we hear this from our children? As parents, we normally say, “Oh, you don’t need that….” If only we could practice what we preach. When it comes to investing many people sound like their children: “I want to beat the market, I want to get my advice for free, I want to time the market,...

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Feb

05

2014

Why Hire A Professional? – It’s a Function of Delegation

Mechanics, contractors, accountants, financial advisors; all people we hire to do the things that we lack the time, knowledge, or desire to do. One commonly asked question is, “why should I hire a professional?” For some people there is no need to hire a professional. If I were good enough to do my own taxes, well then, I would do my own taxes. However, I...

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Feb

04

2014

What is “True Wealth”

Big houses, fast cars, gigantic yachts: The American Dream? I think not. True wealth to me is about time; having the time to do what you want, when you want and with whom you want. Having the unique ability to understand how to enjoy your money and not be one of the unfortunate many who honestly believes true wealth comes from how many chips you...

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Jan

29

2014

Welcome to PII Impressions

Welcome! Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc. is starting a blog! Every week the representatives of Premier will be writing their thoughts on different financial topics. Be sure to stop by our website www.premierinvestmentsofiowa.com for more information about Premier! All information herein has been prepared solely for informational purposes, and it is not an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of an offer to...

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