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Fallout from Equifax Breach

143 million American consumers were affected by the data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies. Read more

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A BORROWER IS A SLAVE TO THE LENDER

BY MELANIE HASTYGRANT

“I am never going to get out of debt!” Maybe you have caught yourself saying this. Perhaps out of frustration or the realization that credit is an easy way to purchase whatever you want the
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WHAT MONEY PERSONALITY ARE YOU?

BY MELANIE HASTYGRANT

Money is a funny thing. Folks will tell you just about anything about themselves before they will talk about money. It is such a taboo topic that many parents don’t even talk about it with their Read more

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Safeguarding Personal Information

Electronic theft of personal information is the fastest-growing crime in the United States, with more than two billion personal records stolen worldwide in 2016. Protecting your personal information is a key component to reducing the potential that your information may be stolen. Read more

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ASK THE MONEY MAVEN: TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

The Stock Market has suffered twenty-four major downturns of greater than 3% since 2004. In 2008, it dropped by more than 50% in the worst recession the United States has ever experienced Read more

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ASK THE MONEY MAVEN: THE RETIREMENT CRISIS

THE RETIREMENT CRISIS
FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

After a lifetime of hard work, people feel they should be able to live out their golden years with financial independence. Unfortunately for many, failing to plan means planning to fail. When folks Read more

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A MAN IS NOT A FINANCIAL PLAN

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Okay, listen up ladies (and gentlemen). This is a challenge I have watched far too many clients, friends, and family struggle through. It’s time to change our thinking and our expectations.
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Ask the Money Maven: VOTE!

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Why are American’s opting not to vote?

Now, I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. I’m only saying that you really must!  Come this Fall, there will be a shift in power and we will have a new Commander and Chief.  I have heard some real doozies for excuses about why people won’t vote.  This Country was founded on “we the people”.  Many lives have been lost so that we can have the privilege of voting! Read more

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LIFE IS A RISK

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Everything in life is a risk. Everything from taking huge steps to doing absolutely nothing is a risk. Let’s talk in plain English about the risks and rewards of different investments. I’ll start with Read more

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Eclipse Planning

Published by Mark Petersen and the Carson Institutional Alliance Investment Committee

One in 256,481,280. No, I am not calculating the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery. This is the number of 50 square foot sections to view Totality for the 2017 Solar Eclipse in the state of Nebraska. So many choices! How does one decide? Let’s briefly review the thought process: Read more