Legislative Updates

By Bryan Slovon | October 17, 2017

With so much attention focused on the rifts among and between political parties and the news media, it may seem as if little actual legislation is making its way through our democratic process. However, while President Trump’s major initiatives – Affordable Care Act repeal, tax reform and infrastructure improvements – haven’t been enacted, Trump has…

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Increasing Peace of Mind in Retirement

By Bryan Slovon | September 14, 2017

Retirement is a time of possibilities. After a lifetime of working and saving, opportunities abound to spend more time with family and friends, renew connections to local community and revisit lifelong hobbies and interests (along with discovering and exploring new ones). A chance to reinvent oneself in a comfortable retirement- with all the knowledge and wisdom earned throughout the working years – is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. Those who enter retirement with a vision of how they will actively spend these years have a greater chance of avoiding the doldrums associated with having ample time but not enough structure. The ability to visualize retirement is also key in keeping anxiety at bay during all phases of the planning process.

Planning for retirement can feel daunting in the current economic climate. The security that previous generations may have felt easing into retirement is lost on many currently planning for their life after work. A recent BUILDER article reports that over three-quarters of respondents fear that current economic conditions threaten their chances of retiring securely. Being able to retire how one wants is important, but being able to retire when one wants is also a top priority. All of this uncertainty can be very stressful, and even the most careful planning can’t sidestep the unexpected. However, being able to visualize retirement can help give peace of mind about how to achieve it. Taking the proper steps can help achieve a successful and less stressful planning process.

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Retirement: Loneliness Can Sneak Up on You

By Bryan Slovon | August 1, 2017

Even people who have spent a lot of time planning for retirement may encounter unexpected challenges once they’re in those golden years. They focus on retirement income planning, which is, of course, important and appropriate — and we can help you there. They also focus on things they want to do while they’re still in…

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Considerations for Retiring Couples

By Bryan Slovon | July 25, 2017

Retirement is another chapter in your life; one that requires not only planning but day-to-day maintenance once you get there. And if you have a partner in life, it’s important to remember that your retirement, like a tandem bike, is built for two.   Planning for your own retirement is complicated enough, but doing so…

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The Influence of Work

By Bryan Slovon | July 18, 2017

Work offers a confluence of possibilities, ranging from satisfaction to frustration to, many days, a little of both. If you work during retirement, here’s an interesting revelation: Social Security taxes are deducted from your work paycheck even if you’re already drawing benefits. For a lot of retirees, wages from some type of job represent a…

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Checking Up on Health Care Expenses

By Bryan Slovon | July 5, 2017

If there’s one thing every adult demographic in America values, it’s maintaining good health.  People with medical conditions may be interested in topics like new medical technology, pharmacology or national changes to health care insurance. Meanwhile, those without serious medical issues want to know how they can stay that way, through nutrition, exercise, weight loss…

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All Things Pharmaceutical

By Bryan Slovon | June 27, 2017

The White House recently launched a task force aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.1 According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the majority of drug overdose deaths that occur today involve an opioid.2 Prescription drugs are a nuanced example of how positive innovations…

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The Psychological Impact of a Divisive Election

By Bryan Slovon | June 20, 2017

Before 2016, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America surveys showed money, work and the economy were the biggest sources of stress in people’s lives.1 During the 2016 presidential campaign season, however, doctors began reporting patients were increasingly anxious due to issues candidates highlighted in speeches and interviews. 2 The APA’s most recent…

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As You Age, Keep Looking Forward

By Bryan Slovon | June 13, 2017

Many people spend a large portion of their lives taking care of people like their spouse, children, siblings and older parents. Here’s a message for those in their later senior years: Don’t stop now. As we age, our concerns start to change. Some people may become preoccupied with ailments and difficulties in their living situations,…

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Russia, Beyond the Headlines

By Bryan Slovon | June 6, 2017

These days, people have all sorts of opinions about Russia. Even beyond politics, images come to mind of fur-lined parkas and frozen tundra – hard and cold weather conditions, despite the fact that parts of it have a humid, subtropical climate.1 Perhaps we should take a moment to see Russia for its more positive attributes:…

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