Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Inflation: Is it All Good?

New inflation data came out this week. Is everything all good with inflation? Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese share their thoughts. Highlights include:   New inflation metrics came out for April  Most inflation is trending in …

Revocable Living Trusts as part of an Estate Plan

Our latest webinar, Revocable Living Trusts as part of an Estate Plan with Carson Group’s Director, Trust Services Scott Berryman and Manager & Sr. Wealth Planner Tom Fridrich is now available for viewing on-demand. 

Market Commentary: 7 Reasons the Bull Market Is Alive and Well

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” — Dr. Seuss 2024 came out swinging. The S&P 500 rose more than 10% in the first quarter after adding more than 11% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Back-to-back double-digit quarters are rare, but they tend to happen in …

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If Inflation has come down from its peak, why doesn’t it feel like it has?

On paper, inflation has lowered over the past two years, but go to the grocery store, fill up your car with gas or go out to eat and I highly doubt you’ll find anyone ecstatic about how inflation has “cooled”.

4 Pitfalls of Not Having a Financial Plan

There are some things in life you just can’t plan for: an unexpected illness, job loss, death of spouse, disability. And while experiencing one of these major events can drastically impact your life, having an effective financial plan can help ensure that it doesn’t ruin your financial well-being.

Mastering Your Finances: A Guide for New College Graduates

Congratulations, recent college graduate! You’ve worked hard to earn your degree, and now you’re ready to embark on the next chapter of your life. This is an exciting time – one filled with lots of changes, like starting a new career and learning how to manage living on your own …

2024 Calendar: Key Tasks & Financial Dates

2024 Calendar: Key Tasks & Financial Dates

Tackle 2024 with this month-by-month financial task list. We’ve also included important dates so you won’t miss key deadlines.

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What to Do with Your Retirement Money When You Leave a Job

When you leave your job or retire, you have an opportunity to manage your funds that have been accumulating in an employer sponsored retirement plan such as a 401(k), 403(b) or government 457(b) plan. Depending on the situation, you generally have four options when you leave your employer.

6 Signs It’s Time to Ditch DIY Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is a journey that generally takes decades to complete and most of us start out along the do-it-yourself path. More than likely, your first step was to enroll in an employer-provided plan such as a 401(k) or setting up an individual retirement account, also known as an IRA.

4 Moves You Can Make with Your Old 401(k)

By Matt Kory, Vice President, Retirement Programs   Changing careers is an emotional move – there’s excitement for the new opportunity, sadness about leaving your favorite coworkers behind, depression if you weren’t ready to leave, worry about how to financially bridge the unemployment …

7 Important Retirement Savings Topics for 2023

7 Important Retirement Savings Topics for 2023

See the topics that are important to keep in mind as you navigate the various individual and employer-sponsored plans that may be available to you.

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Revocable Living Trusts as part of an Estate Plan

Our latest webinar, Revocable Living Trusts as part of an Estate Plan with Carson Group’s Director, Trust Services Scott Berryman and Manager & Sr. Wealth Planner Tom Fridrich is now available for viewing on-demand. 

Estate Planning

Often, people believe that estate planning only benefits the very wealthy, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s something everyone needs to engage in regardless of age, estate size or marital status. If you have a bank account, investments, a car, home or other property—you hav …

Helping Aging Parents Manage and Protect Their Finances

Your parents taught you everything you know about money. From opening your first checking account to taking out your first car loan, they were always there to guide you. But as your parents get older, they may begin turning to you for help with their finances. How do you begin to navigate t …

A Guide to Gifting to Your Heirs

A Guide to Gifting to Your Heirs

Gifting to your loved ones now or posthumously each carries their own positives and negatives as they relate to your estate plan, taxes, your goals and your legacy.

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Retirement and Vacation: Both Need Careful Planning

By Nick Gertsema, CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®. AIF®, CEO & Wealth Advisor  There’s so much that goes into taking a vacation, especially when traveling with kids. Choose the destination. Shop around to find the best hotel, AirBnB, or cruise line. Examine the calendar to choose dates that don’t in …

7 Economic Myths Busted

By Ryan Detrick, Chief Market Strategist We’ve been hearing many of the same myths over and over, yet we don’t think they are the big worry that the media and many make them out to be. These are legitimate concerns and have many investors worried, but we think the chances of them becoming l …

Financial Planning: It’s About Time

Nicholas Gertsema, Chief Executive Officer/Wealth Advisor Picture this: it was my son’s 15th birthday, and I wanted to do something special, something that would truly resonate with him. And what better way to do that than with music? My son had caught a bit of my country music bug, a …

When Shifting Goals Mean Shifting Plans

When Shifting Goals Mean Shifting Plans

Your financial plan shouldn't look the same at 55 as it did when you were 35, right? So how do you know when it's time to adjust your plan?

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Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Inflation: Is it All Good?

New inflation data came out this week. Is everything all good with inflation? Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese share their thoughts. Highlights include:   New inflation metrics came out for April  Most inflation is trending in …

Market Commentary: 7 Reasons the Bull Market Is Alive and Well

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” — Dr. Seuss 2024 came out swinging. The S&P 500 rose more than 10% in the first quarter after adding more than 11% in the fourth quarter of 2023. Back-to-back double-digit quarters are rare, but they tend to happen in …

Facts Vs Feelings Take 5 – Are We Slowing Down?

Is this economy slowing down and are we heading for a recession? Carson Group’s Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and VP, Global Macro Strategist Sonu Varghese share their insights about the recent buzz around the economy and stock market.   Highlights include:   Q1 GDP only rose 1. …

2023 Market Outlook Report

2023 Market Outlook Report

Will the bull market continue in 2024? What about a recession? What will the Fed do? We take a deep dive into our outlook for 2024 in Carson Investment Research’s Outlook ‘24: Seeing Eye to Eye.

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The Corporate Transparency Act: What You Need to Know

By Mike Valenti, CPA, CFP®, Director,Tax Planning LLCs can provide legal protections and a level of anonymity, either or both of which can be beneficial for business owners, investors, and others with valid intentions. But those features also attract criminal activity, and layers of shell c …

Life Insurance for Business and Estate Planning

By Matt Lewis, CLTC, Vice President, Insurance Life insurance is designed to provide for your loved ones after your death, giving you peace of mind that their financial needs will be met without your income. But life insurance can benefit your financial planning in many other ways.

Exit Strategies for Business Owners

Watch our webinar, “Exit Strategies for Business Owners” with Carson Group’s Director, Wealth Planning Kimberly Flynn and Mark Petersen, Vice President of Affluent Wealth Planning, now available on-demand. 

Business Succession Planning Checklist

Business Succession Planning Checklist

You remember your first day of business. But what about your last day? Succession planning is more complex than it may seem. Our guide walks you through the details.

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Gertsema Team: 2024 Excellence Awardee

The Gertsema Wealth Advisors team has reason to celebrate as they were recently honored as an InvestmentNews RIA Team of the Year Excellence Awardee.

Nick Gertsema: Best-In-State Ranking

Our CEO and Wealth Advisor Nick Gertsema,  CFP®, ChFC®, RICP®, AIF® was recently named among the 2024 Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for Missouri. This is a prestigious distinction, and not one that many wealth advisors receive. Only those advisors with a history of providing high qua …

3 Roth Conversion Traps To Avoid After The SECURE Act

Roth conversions can be a powerful tax and retirement planning technique. The idea behind most Roth conversions is to take money from an IRA and convert it to a Roth IRA. Essentially, you’re paying taxes today instead of paying taxes in the future.