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Strategies Aimed at Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

In the old days, the Social Security Administration would send you a Social Security statement each year in the mail. It estimated what your benefits would be if you retired at your full retirement Read more

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THE GREED MONSTER IS BACK

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

I always tell my clients to be aware of the two beasts that run the markets. Their names are FEAR and GREED. Well right now, the GREED MONSTER is back in full force. The greed monster is Read more

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Rollercoasters, Tilt-A-Whirls, and Merry-Go-Rounds

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Whee! While an exciting adrenaline rush at the state fair, this upsidedown, twist around, chug to the top, and scream to the bottom routine is not investors’ idea of a good time. When it comes to
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PRESERVE THE GAINS IN YOUR 401K

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

“The higher they go the harder they fall” rings loud in this type of environment. As the market continues into record territory, you have to wonder which of these days is going to be the “high” of the Read more

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Long Term Care Insurance: To Buy or Not To Buy…that is the question.

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

There comes a time when you must talk about the elephant in the living room. For many retirees, this elephant is the topic of long term care. Often when I initially bring this possibility up with my Read more

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INSIDER INFORMATION: TIPS FOR HIRING THE RIGHT FINANCIAL ADVISOR

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

I have heard so many stories from people about how their advisor doesn’t meet with them, doesn’t call them, doesn’t manage their investments. They say to me …”well, he’s a really nice guy but I Read more

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Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget: Tips for Planning Your Retirement

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

When it comes to planning for retirement, you best not be caught with your pants down! The sooner you get started saving and planning for retirement the better. So many times I hear Read more

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WHEN YOU’RE THE SANDWICH

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Helping your senior parents prepare their estate, talking with your aged parents about money, their home and private affairs is never easy.  Talking with them about the inevitability of their passing Read more

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MONEY’S LITTLE SECRETS

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

Having been a marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor for 11 years and now in the wealth planning and investment business for more than 17 years, I can say I have some
hours under my belt when it comes to understanding how people think and feel about their money. It is by far one of the most emotionally charged issues in many people’s lives. People fight about Read more

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MONEY STRESS

By Melanie Hasty-Grant

With all the talk of recent and pending layoffs here in Green Country, money stress is hitting a feverish pitch. Money stress affects folks’ health, the way they see the world, and the way they treat Read more