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Getting Ready to Graduate? Post-College Financial Advice

When I think of what I would share with a recent college grad, saving comes first to my mind. When a person is young they have a distinct advantage – time.

In the financial world, we use something called the “Rule of 72” to estimate what someone’s investing account balance could look like after a period of time, with a certain rate of return. This quick and dirty financial formula first requires a conservative guess for the average rate of return.

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Greg Horstman

Greg Horstman

For the past 28 years, Greg has worked to provide clients with exceptional financial advice and strategic investment strategies. In the summer of 2009 he partnered with Craig and joined Prosperion Financial Advisors. His service and personal dedication to clients is second to none. Learn more about Greg here.

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Financial Tips for Newlyweds

As another summer wedding season comes to a close, many new couples will, for the first time, learn financial responsibility for two. So whether you’re a young couple tying the knot or you found your spouse a little later in life, here are three themes to help navigate this new territory.

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John Booren

John Booren

John started his investment career in 2012 after graduating from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning. His desire is to provide care and guidance for individuals and families through all aspects of their financial life. Learn more about John here.

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The 8 Best Financial Apps for Money-Conscious People

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone without a smartphone or tablet these days. Companies like Apple and Samsung have redefined how we communicate, what we rely on, and our ability to access information. Around here, we call this device a “de-materializer” because you no longer need to carry a phone, calendar, watch, calculator, music player, or a computer. Instead, you have access to all those functions and plenty more in one small device.

With so much access to information, how can we use these devices to make our lives easier? From market data to mobile price checking, I’ve selected my favorite financial apps that every money-conscious person should have.

eMoney (Wealth Vision)

emoneyFor those of you who utilize our complementary WealthVision service, this app gives you instant access to your entire financial dashboard. It makes it easy to track your spending, access your document Vault, or follow your investments in one place.

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John Booren

John Booren

John started his investment career in 2012 after graduating from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning. His desire is to provide care and guidance for individuals and families through all aspects of their financial life. Learn more about John here.

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Get Fiscally Fit for 2013: Part 2

Last week my partner Greg Horstman listed ten areas to review before 2012 comes to a close. This week, let’s turn our focus to 2013 and explore some habits worth adopting for the New Year.

The typical question every January is “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” That’s why the gyms are filled to capacity and commercials preach the “greatest weight-loss secret.” So instead of making a resolution this year (which only 46% of Americans maintain after six weeks), try developing a few new habits.

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John Booren

John Booren

John started his investment career in 2012 after graduating from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning. His desire is to provide care and guidance for individuals and families through all aspects of their financial life. Learn more about John here.

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Get Fiscally Fit: Year-End Checklist Part 1

It’s that time of year again – time to count our blessings, spend time with our families and commit to hopping on the treadmill. But as you wrap up 2012, consider getting fiscally fit too! We want to help you make 2013 a successful and prosperous year, so we put together a checklist with pointers for wrapping up 2012 and getting a head start on the new year. Just a little time and preparation can help you spend more time with your family this holiday season and less worrying about your finances.

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Greg Horstman

Greg Horstman

For the past 28 years, Greg has worked to provide clients with exceptional financial advice and strategic investment strategies. In the summer of 2009 he partnered with Craig and joined Prosperion Financial Advisors. His service and personal dedication to clients is second to none. Learn more about Greg here.

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4 Financial Tips to Teach Your Kids

When I meet someone with good money habits it’s usually because they have someone important in their life, a family member or friend, who took the time to share their financial values and experience. For those fortunate people, money management skills come easy. These skills were ingrained as a child and will serve them well into adulthood.

But some of us haven’t had a mentor. So if you’re a young person just starting out or you’re older and looking to develop better financial habits I hope this article helps you get started down the right path.

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Craig Arfsten

Craig Arfsten

As a Prosperion Advisor, Craig has the independence, support and resources to help clients with what he does best – listening to their stories, discovering their desires, and identifying their greatest financial risks, before developing a comprehensive approach to meeting those needs. Learn more about Craig here.

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7 Money Musts for College Students

As the flurry of excitement winds down for those heading back to college, the realization starts to settle in: college is expensive.

The costs don’t stop with tuition fees. From book costs to beer money, college can be a financial minefield for the uninitiated. Worse yet, on every corner there seems to be a willing lender with a high-interest-rate credit card to “help out”. The result is more students dropping out of college due to financial issues than poor grades according to a report from CBS News.*

It is vital for students to develop good financial habits and avoid the common pitfalls as they advance out of high school and into the independent world of college.

This week recent Colorado State grad John Booren and I wanted to give some “Money Musts” for college students.

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David Morrison

David Morrison

David uses Values Based Financial Planning to align your financial choices with your most important goals and your most deeply held values. He has a comprehensive process to consolidate, coordinate and simplify your financial life in a way that brings you more confidence and clarity about your future. Learn more about David here.

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Seven Steps to a Responsible Financial Game Plan

Of the 11 million homeowners who owe more on their homes than the home is worth, approximately 6.5 million have never missed a payment reported Dale Westhoff of Credit Suisse Group AG.

Meanwhile subprime borrowers who received mortgage modifications (like reduced payments of more than 40%) in 2010 had a payment default rate of 19% after only 12 months, said Laurie Goodman, an analyst at Amherst Securities Group LP.

It seems backwards.

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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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Does Your Budget Resemble the U.S. Government Budget?

A Balanced Budget by definition: Income = Spending

If your Budget has a running deficit there are only three possible solutions to turn that into a Balanced Budget:

  1. 1. Reduce your spending
  2. 2. Raise your income
  3. 3. A combination of 1 and 2

Logically we know that you cannot decrease a deficit by borrowing more. But, that is exactly what our Government is doing.
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Steve Booren

Steve Booren

Steve started his investment career in 1978 with the NYSE investment firm EF Hutton, working in the environment of a large investment company. Desiring to provide clients with unbiased investment advice, he founded Prosperion Financial Advisors. Learn more about Steve here.

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