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CFP Board Ethics Updates: What they mean for you

We at Together Planning value the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM marks[i] because we believe that the public is well served by the efforts of the CFP Board to elevate the financial planning profession through its high standards of both ethics and competence. Jud earned the right to use the CFP® marks
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Surprised by your tax return?

2018 was Year 1 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in 2017, so we are just now seeing the results for families as they begin to file their tax returns.  Here are a few of the biggest factors we have seen in our financial planning clients
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Paying for college soon?

I attended a webinar yesterday hosted by Joe Messinger, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, co-founder of Capstone College Partners. He and his company provide expert advice and train other advisors in helping their clients navigate college funding.  Their mission is to end the student loan crisis one family at a time. We
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Are you on F.I.R.E.?

Have you noticed the significant uptick in the number of articles in the past few years about young people who save 60+% of their income, limit their expenses to the bare minimum and retire before age 40?  The name for this movement is F.I.R.E.: Financial Independence, Retire Early. There are
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2019 Outlook

We have read through all the market commentaries and outlook narratives that were sent to us in the latter part of 2018 by our contacts in the investing industry. The repeated theme for the 2019 outlook was “Down but not Out.” Many economists and fund managers are expecting growth and
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New Membership in NAPFA

We are proud to have joined the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). This organization of fee-only financial planners requires an ethics oath and continuing education beyond what is required by the CFP® Board. Here is a summary from the “About NAPFA” page of the organization’s web site.   The
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We have a new CFP® Professional

We are proud to announce that Lia Bertelson has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification requirements. CFP Board is a nonprofit certification organization with a mission to benefit
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Consider writing an ethical will

Over the holidays, consider writing an ethical will for those you love. If you are like me, this month will be busy for you.  At my house, we are buying gifts, mailing holiday cards, preparing our home for guests, decorating, and grocery shopping.  My wife, Kerry, and I are also
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