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...where McKinley Carter advisors and journalists from highly-respected publications discuss the wide range of forces and factors impacting our clients’ total financial situation – now and in the future. Start with our featured posts below or search by post topic.

Nonprofits are always trying to forge engagement and relationships with a potential client, donor, or volunteer. Through a story you provide a window into your world; the needs of your organization; who and how you help serve your community; and why it matters to the audience. Learn more.

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If you are an Executive Director or serve as a Board leader, you may have encountered an unengaged board member who no longer contributes to your organization in a meaningful way. Learn four measures that will keep your board, and its engagement with your mission, both vibrant and alive.

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The resources of a nonprofit organization are vast. If you are an ED, CFO, or Board Member, numerous stakeholders are dependent on your efficient allocation of those resources to fulfill your mission. Explore how a professional financial advisor can help you manage those resources.

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If you have fears and frustrations about your investment portfolio, perhaps you aren't getting the right education and professional guidance. Every individual should have a financial plan that includes setting reasonable expectations for the risks and returns on that portfolio. Learn how a Fiduciary Investment Advisor can give you peace of mind.

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Is Your Financial Plan on 'Fire'?

By MCWS • January 30, 2019

The "FIRE" movement ("Financial Independence, Retire Early") has gained a lot of momentum with Millennials. It's about living on a small percentage of income so you can retire 20-25 years early. At MCWS, we call this concept Financial Autonomy. Learn how we help clients achieve Financial Autonomy.

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All humans possess psychological biases, and often they can lead to missed opportunities and poor decision-making. As an investor, understanding those psychological biases might help you be more aware of your own decision-making process. Find out what four key investing biases you should avoid to be successful in 2019.

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After a thorough vetting of McKinley Carter’s practices and investment strategies, MCWS has been approved as a Third-Party Investment Manager with The Pittsburgh Foundation. Learn more.

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A thorough recap of 4Q2018 Financial Markets and what may be ahead in 2019. Investors need to remember that successful investing is a marathon, not a sprint. History shows a long-term approach, combined with a well-designed and well-executed investment strategy, can overcome periods of heightened volatility, market corrections, and bear markets.

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9 Ways to Invest in YOU

By Jackie Lawson • January 3, 2019

Your lifestyle is a reflection of the investment you’ve made in yourself – and that “personal” investment could change your life in a variety of ways. And, an investment in yourself is likely the very best investment you can ever make. So how do you invest in YOU? Here are nine ways to consider.

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If offered an early retirement buyout by your employer, should you sign up or run away? At first glance, you might think the answer is pretty obvious; but each situation is different and, more often than not, early buyout options are complex and should be thoughtfully analyzed. Here are three crucial questions to ask yourself when considering a buyout option.

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