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Americans spend 10% of their annual income on vacations, on average.

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Is Buying a Second Home Right for You? It Depends.

Whether it’s a cottage at the beach, a cabin in the mountains, or a condo in a bustling downtown, a second home is an appealing option for many people. However, homeownership is a big decision, and owning two properties is (at least) twice as complicated as owning one. That’s why you need to understand what’s involved, the resources you’ll need, and how the decision may impact your financial future. There are three main types of second homes:

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Personal Finance: What To Ask Before You Hire a Financial Advisor

Working with a financial advisor can be a stressful decision. It requires sharing intimate financial details and implies a deep level of trust that takes time to build.  A reasonable assumption would be that the advisor on the other side of the table is required to act in your best interest; however, that is not always the case. Here are some questions to ask before deciding to work with a financial advisor. 

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Bio: Linda Murphy

With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and three advanced industry certifications (see below), I believe education and experience are important when considering a financial advisor. But, an additional critical factor to consider is the ability for you to have a normal conversation with your advisor without the use of industry jargon. You want someone who can communicate in a way you understand. I am that person!

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How Often Should You Adjust Your Investment Portfolio?

Do you remember setting up your investment portfolio?  Whether you did it yourself, consulted an advisor, or used your company’s 401(k) online planning tool, you had to answer some basic questions, including: what’s your risk tolerance? Do you remember your answer? Most of us invest for the long-term. We save to prepare for life’s big-ticket items, such as buying a home, starting a family, paying for college, and securing our retirement. While those priorities aren’t likely to change, our tolerance for risk probably will. 

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