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At Financial Architects we understand the challenges families and individuals face with their finances.  We look forward to helping you by developing a customized plan to grow and protect your wealth.


Helpful Content

Essential Steps to Avoid and Recover From Identity Theft

Essential Steps to Avoid and Recover From Identity Theft

Identity theft is becoming more common every day. Here’s what to do if it happens to you.

A Primer on Dividends

A Primer on Dividends

A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."

Retirement Traps to Avoid

Retirement Traps to Avoid

Beware of these traps that could upend your retirement.

 

How to Appeal Your Property Taxes

For homeowners who think their property taxes are too high, there are ways to appeal.

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.

Essential Steps to Avoid and Recover From Identity Theft

Identity theft is becoming more common every day. Here’s what to do if it happens to you.

Near 60? Get a Financial Check-Up

Even the savviest and most experienced among us need financial planning check-ins.

Financial Hacks for Millennials: 5 Ways to Manage Finances

De-stress money management in your household with a systematic approach.

The Big Little Things: 5 Easy Ways to Protect Your Money

Put measures in place to help you replace a portion of your income if the unexpected happens.

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A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Comparing Mortgage Terms

Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

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Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.

What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?

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

What Smart Investors Know

Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact.

What Our Kids Can Teach us About Saving Money

Would you guess that Millennials are effectively saving for retirement? Well, they are.

Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

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