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Knowledge is the key to success. With that in mind, we built an online library of the most pertinent information. Here you can stay up to date on news and other information that could affect your income, your business or your retirement plan.


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The Equifax Data Breach

September 19, 2017
On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three main credit reporting agencies, announced a massive data security breach that exposed vital personal identification data — including names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers — on as many as 143 million consumers, roughly 55% of Americans age 18 and older.
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Your Home as a Source of Dollars in Retirement

September 15, 2017
If you own a home, you may be wealthier than you think. The equity in your home could be one of your largest assets, especially if your mortgage has been paid down over the years or paid off. This home equity can be a valuable source of extra income during your retirement years.
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Common Stock vs. Preferred Stock

August 31, 2017
Common stock and preferred stock are the two main types of stocks that are sold by companies and traded among investors on the open market. Each type gives stockholders a partial ownership in the company represented by the stock. Despite some similarities, common stock and preferred stock have some significant differences, including the risk involved with ownership. It's important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both types of stocks before purchasing them.
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Establishing a Financial Safety Net

August 29, 2017
In times of crisis, you don't want to be shaking pennies out of a piggy bank. Having a financial safety net in place can ensure that you're protected when a financial emergency arises. One way to accomplish this is by setting up a cash reserve, a pool of readily available funds that can help you meet emergency or highly urgent short-term needs.
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Health Insurance In Retirement

August 18, 2017
At any age, health care is a priority. When you retire, however, you will probably focus more on health care than ever before. Staying healthy is your goal, and this can mean more visits to the doctor for preventive tests and routine checkups. There's also a chance that your health will decline as you grow older, increasing your need for costly prescription drugs or medical treatments. That's why having health insurance is extremely important.
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Welcome to our research center. We've compiled a library of information on important financial topics that we believe you'll find helpful.

Simply click on one of the general financial topics below and you'll find a selection of easy-to-understand information sheets about relevant financial concepts and strategies. This information is updated regularly to reflect the latest facts, figures, legislation and economic trends.


Steve Ciepiela, President of Charles Stephen, offers a unique perspective on best practices for successful business succession planning. In 2004, Steve's business partner of twenty-one years suffered a brain aneurysm while on vacation. When A Partner Dies is a very personal account of losing a close friend and walking through the process of what happens when a business partner dies. From hiring a grief counselor for the office staff, to working with the CPAs and attorneys, to communicating with the families, Steve offers a unique perspective on best practices for successful business succession planning. Click the link below to read it.

When A Partner Dies


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