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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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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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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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The risk of disability some time in your lifetime is out there for everyone, so should you do anything differently in your financial planning to address it? Because everyone’s individual financial situation is unique, there is no “one size fits all” answer here. But we can offer guidance on the right questions to ask when you have those important planning conversations with your trusted financial advisor.

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For many of our clients, the great unknown is whether they will have a long-term care event, and if they should consider long term care insurance to help offset the cost. Like forecasting investment returns, we don’t have a crystal ball and can’t predict the future. However, we can use statistics to ground our thought process and make a more well-informed decision. Whether you need insurance or not, you most certainly should take the time to explore the options available to you and what might be right for your situation.

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Preparing for a lifelong financial journey requires an understanding of the possibilities, potential resources, and identification of contingency plans. The journey likely will require navigating a series of obstacles through varying conditions. You don’t have to sacrifice a Good Life today for a Good Life solely in retirement. How can we live a Good Life now and in the future? Read about the six critical actions required to equip yourself for a Good Life, financially.

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McKinley Carter advisors pride themselves on a relationship-driven approach to their advisory work — one that engages the client as an active partner, and one where the advisor serves as a trusted fiduciary, confidante, and friend.

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Life is full of unexpected surprises, both positive and negative. Learn what two things you need to better cope with those unwanted surprises.

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Learning you've received an inheritance can often come at a very emotional time. To ensure good financial management of your inheritance, take time to consider these important questions.

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It's that time of year when we think about New Year's resolutions. Here's why it's important to focus your goals not just on your personal health but also on your financial health.

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