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I Cannot Wait to Retire!

I can’t help it; at the ripe ‘ole age of 36, I dream about retirement most days. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do. I’m fortunate to earn a living in a field I enjoy so much. Honestly, I feel the need to pinch myself on occasion. There is no way I should enjoy work this much, but …

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Lockdown Fever

What is Lockdown Fever? When we are gripped by fearmongering in the media, start binge watching television, and wait around for the sign that it is safe to come outside, we are suffering from Lockdown Fever. Last spring, we were told, “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” Well, those two weeks turned into months and months of the same advisories …

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

Strategic Planning Group’s newest Spring 2021 Newsletter is here! Enjoy articles from our CEO and President, Ryan Craner, as well as from advisors, John Park and Tom Craner. Are you ready for a brain game? Try to decipher our Retirement Word Scramble.  Do you think you can get them all? Strategic Planning Group is growing. We are always excited to …

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How Income Taxes Work

The Internal Revenue Service estimates that taxpayers and businesses spend 8.1 billion hours a year complying with tax-filing requirements. To put this into perspective, if all this work were done by a single company, it would need about four million full-time employees and be one of the largest industries in the U.S.1  Continue on to learn more about how income taxes …

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How Bad is It?

(This article was written for the Spring 2020 Newsletter.  Article titled as same title of How Bad is it?) As you are aware, we have been dealing with a bear market correction for several weeks now.  The coronavirus has caused quite a scare.  At first it seemed overreacted to and there wouldn’t be much of an economic impact, however, it …

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Remember Resolve, Remember the Sleeping Giant

It’s the year 2020 and we start out with a hope-crushing, scary pandemic crisis and a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Utah, followed by dozens of powerful aftershocks that last over a month.  I want to remind you that it was just 20 years ago that we faced down another mysterious crisis, famously known as Y2K. The inevitable 2-digit year vs …

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How will You Spend Your Time in Retirement?

How will you spend your time in retirement? Deciding how to spend your time in retirement is an important part of the planning process. Having a plan in place before the big day is crucial to staying happy in your golden years. Consider these suggestions as you start to put together your retirement dreams.  Do you know how you will …

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401(k) Options After a Job Loss

Few life events are more stressful than a job loss. If you or someone you know is in this situation due to COVID-19, you’ll likely have several questions about job hunting, unemployment insurance, and health care.  You may also be wondering, “What should I do with my 401(k)?” People leaving an employer typically have four options with their 401(K) retirement …