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  • Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:41:47 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Buying your first home may be one of the biggest investment decisions you will ever make. So how do you know if it is the right time to venture into home ownership? You can start by answering these seven questions. 1. How long will you be in the area? Because of the transaction costs that come with buying and selling a home, it typically takes three to five years to break even. If you sell any sooner, you could end up losing money — even in a rising market. If you do make a profit, you will ...
    Buying your first home may be one of the biggest investment decisions you will ever make. So how do you know if it is the right time to venture into home ownership? You can start by answering these seven questions. 1. How long will you be in the area? Because of the transaction costs that come with buying and selling a home, it typically takes three to five years to break even. If you sell any sooner, you could end up losing money — even in a rising market. If you do make a profit, you will ...
  • Landing One’s Dream Job … In Retirement

    Landing One’s Dream Job … In Retirement

    Friday, June 27 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-06-27 20:14:16 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Many retirees choose to work in retirement; a life of extended leisure does not appeal to everyone.
    Many retirees choose to work in retirement; a life of extended leisure does not appeal to everyone.
  • Planning for Retirement When Self Employed

    Planning for Retirement When Self Employed

    Monday, June 23 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-06-23 19:53:06 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    If you call yourself a consultant, a freelancer, or an independent contractor, you are one of the growing numbers of Americans without an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.
    If you call yourself a consultant, a freelancer, or an independent contractor, you are one of the growing numbers of Americans without an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.
  • The Appropriate Role for Cash in Your Portfolio

    The Appropriate Role for Cash in Your Portfolio

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-06-18 21:34:47 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    There is an old saying in financial circles that “cash is king.” The actual meaning of this phrase varies depending on the context. Some investors appeared to buy into this philosophy during the market’s turbulent period from 2007 to 2009, and moved significant sums of money out of stock and bond investments and into cash-equivalent holdings like money market funds and bank CDs. That move may have provided some short-term protection. But, as many are finding out in light of the stock market’s...
    There is an old saying in financial circles that “cash is king.” The actual meaning of this phrase varies depending on the context. Some investors appeared to buy into this philosophy during the market’s turbulent period from 2007 to 2009, and moved significant sums of money out of stock and bond investments and into cash-equivalent holdings like money market funds and bank CDs. That move may have provided some short-term protection. But, as many are finding out in light of the stock market’s...
  • The New Law of the Land for Same-Sex Married Couples

    The New Law of the Land for Same-Sex Married Couples

    Thursday, June 5 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-06-06 01:27:10 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    The Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June 2013 changed the financial landscape for same-sex couples in America. Prior to the court’s ruling, DOMA had barred same-sex couples from being recognized as spouses for the purpose of federal laws. They also were not able to take advantage of the benefits of marriage as recognized by the federal government. The court’s ruling completely reversed those provisions. With an increasing number of...
    The Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June 2013 changed the financial landscape for same-sex couples in America. Prior to the court’s ruling, DOMA had barred same-sex couples from being recognized as spouses for the purpose of federal laws. They also were not able to take advantage of the benefits of marriage as recognized by the federal government. The court’s ruling completely reversed those provisions. With an increasing number of...
  • What You Need to Know About Online Shopping

    What You Need to Know About Online Shopping

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-06-03 19:39:38 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Remember when you basically had two options for shopping? Before the internet, you would either head to the mall or make a purchase through a mail-order catalog. Times certainly have changed. With the evolution of online shopping, purchasing items is as easy as the click of a mouse. As online shopping has advanced, so have the techniques that companies use to influence you to make a purchase. There is a science behind what sways people to purchase products. Just like a store’s layout and pro...
    Remember when you basically had two options for shopping? Before the internet, you would either head to the mall or make a purchase through a mail-order catalog. Times certainly have changed. With the evolution of online shopping, purchasing items is as easy as the click of a mouse. As online shopping has advanced, so have the techniques that companies use to influence you to make a purchase. There is a science behind what sways people to purchase products. Just like a store’s layout and pro...
  • Eight Ideas to Help You Save Money

    Eight Ideas to Help You Save Money

    Monday, May 26 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-05-26 19:00:30 GMT
    M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.M. Ahmad Adnan, CFP®, CRPC®, RFC® / Financial Advisor / Business Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
    Saving money sounds easy enough – simply spend less. Yet, finding areas to cut expenses so that one actually has the ability to save more can be a challenge. If you look for ways to make the most of your hard-earned dollars, these eight ideas are a good place to start:1. Review your federal income tax withholding. Make sure that your federal withholding is appropriate for your income and family size. If you pay in too little throughout the year, you may owe money at tax time. On the flip side...
    Saving money sounds easy enough – simply spend less. Yet, finding areas to cut expenses so that one actually has the ability to save more can be a challenge. If you look for ways to make the most of your hard-earned dollars, these eight ideas are a good place to start:1. Review your federal income tax withholding. Make sure that your federal withholding is appropriate for your income and family size. If you pay in too little throughout the year, you may owe money at tax time. On the flip side...
  • The Stock Market Reaches New Highs – Now What?

    The Stock Market Reaches New Highs – Now What?

    Monday, May 12 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-05-12 22:57:04 GMT
    If you have had money invested in the stock market in 2013 and 2014, you are most likely pleased with the results. It is rare that major stock indexes, like the benchmark Standard Poor’s 500, generate returns in excess of 20 percent in a single year, as they did in 2013. In fact, the SP 500 reached a new all-time high, which is a major milestone.Like many investors, you may be asking, can the upward ride that stock investors have enjoyed since 2009 continue? It is a question that nobody can ...
    If you have had money invested in the stock market in 2013 and 2014, you are most likely pleased with the results. It is rare that major stock indexes, like the benchmark Standard Poor’s 500, generate returns in excess of 20 percent in a single year, as they did in 2013. In fact, the SP 500 reached a new all-time high, which is a major milestone.Like many investors, you may be asking, can the upward ride that stock investors have enjoyed since 2009 continue? It is a question that nobody can ...
  • Why You May Need to Think About Long-Term Care Coverage

    Why You May Need to Think About Long-Term Care Coverage

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:11:09 GMT
    One of the greatest challenges when it comes to planning for retirement is trying to predict future health care expenses. Additionally, many people are living longer – well into their 80s or 90s – which
    One of the greatest challenges when it comes to planning for retirement is trying to predict future health care expenses. Additionally, many people are living longer – well into their 80s or 90s – which
  • Smart Moves for Retirement Relocation

    Smart Moves for Retirement Relocation

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:42:52 GMT
    Retirement opens the door for many retirees to consider a change in residence. Here are answers to questions about the financial implications of relocation at this stage in life. Question: When I retire,
    Retirement opens the door for many retirees to consider a change in residence. Here are answers to questions about the financial implications of relocation at this stage in life. Question: When I retire,
  • Choosing the Right Medicare Supplement Policy

    Choosing the Right Medicare Supplement Policy

    Monday, March 24 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-03-24 21:28:41 GMT
    If you approach age 65, you will soon become Medicare-eligible, and you have a few decisions to make. For starters, if you do not yet collect Social Security, you should apply for "original" Medicare
    If you approach age 65, you will soon become Medicare-eligible, and you have a few decisions to make. For starters, if you do not yet collect Social Security, you should apply for "original" Medicare
  • Tips for Adults Going Back to School

    Tips for Adults Going Back to School

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-03-13 00:28:58 GMT
    If you are an adult who considers going back to college, whether it is to remain competitive in your field, advance in your career, or learn new skills, you are not alone. It is estimated that a record
    If you are an adult who considers going back to college, whether it is to remain competitive in your field, advance in your career, or learn new skills, you are not alone. It is estimated that a record
  • Retirement Research Reveals Higher Confidence but Lack of Financial Readiness

    Retirement Research Reveals Higher Confidence but Lack of Financial Readiness

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 5:21 PM EST2014-02-26 22:21:31 GMT
    Just five years after the onset of the financial crisis, Americans' confidence about retirement appears to be rising with the strengthening economy. Yet, the steps people take to prepare financially for
    Just five years after the onset of the financial crisis, Americans' confidence about retirement appears to be rising with the strengthening economy. Yet, the steps people take to prepare financially for
  • Family Finances: Q&A with a Financial Advisor

    Family Finances: Q&A with a Financial Advisor

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 5:27 PM EST2014-02-19 22:27:47 GMT
    When family and finances intersect, things can often get complicated. Asking for help and receiving advice before making important decisions can make a big difference in how you feel about your finances.
    When family and finances intersect, things can often get complicated. Asking for help and receiving advice before making important decisions can make a big difference in how you feel about your finances.
  • Investing "For Fun"

    Investing "For Fun"

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 5:24 PM EST2014-02-19 22:24:58 GMT
    Some investors wonder if it makes sense for them to invest in a company because they like the products or services it offers. This question sometimes stems from their familiarity with the famous investment
    Some investors wonder if it makes sense for them to invest in a company because they like the products or services it offers. This question sometimes stems from their familiarity with the famous investment
  • Saving for Your Kids’ Education? The Sooner the Better

    Saving for Your Kids’ Education? The Sooner the Better

    Thursday, January 30 2014 5:23 PM EST2014-01-30 22:23:08 GMT
    If you are a young parent, one of the greatest challenges you will likely face in building a brighter future for your children is to find a way to help them afford higher education.
    If you are a young parent, one of the greatest challenges you will likely face in building a brighter future for your children is to find a way to help them afford higher education.
  • Do Not Let Sibling Rivalry Affect Caring for Aging Parents

    Do Not Let Sibling Rivalry Affect Caring for Aging Parents

    Monday, January 13 2014 12:03 PM EST2014-01-13 17:03:57 GMT
    As the parents of baby boomers age, helping to care for them can become a source of financial and emotional stress among families, especially between boomer-age siblings.
    As the parents of baby boomers age, helping to care for them can become a source of financial and emotional stress among families, especially between boomer-age siblings.
  • What Every Woman Should Know about Health Care Costs in Retirement

    What Every Woman Should Know about Health Care Costs in Retirement

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:06 PM EST2014-01-03 22:06:05 GMT
    On average, women live longer than men and face distinctly different challenges in maintaining their health.
    On average, women live longer than men and face distinctly different challenges in maintaining their health.
  • Six Costly Beneficiary Mistakes to Avoid

    Six Costly Beneficiary Mistakes to Avoid

    Monday, December 16 2013 10:35 AM EST2013-12-16 15:35:23 GMT
    If you have ever spent time working through your estate plan with a professional, you know how important it is to update your beneficiaries.
    If you have ever spent time working through your estate plan with a professional, you know how important it is to update your beneficiaries.
  • Small Business Owners: Think About Your Personal Bottom Line

    Small Business Owners: Think About Your Personal Bottom Line

    Thursday, November 21 2013 4:44 PM EST2013-11-21 21:44:49 GMT
    If you are a small business owner, you probably devote most of your time to making your business successful and functioning well each day.
    If you are a small business owner, you probably devote most of your time to making your business successful and functioning well each day.
  • Begin Your Child’s College Education with a Lesson in Finance

    Begin Your Child’s College Education with a Lesson in Finance

    Monday, November 4 2013 1:39 PM EST2013-11-04 18:39:53 GMT
    Managing finances as a college freshman can be an even bigger challenge than navigating an unfamiliar campus or acing a calculus test, but parents can help new students get off to a good start.
    Managing finances as a college freshman can be an even bigger challenge than navigating an unfamiliar campus or acing a calculus test, but parents can help new students get off to a good start.
  • Protect Finances during a Divorce

    Protect Finances during a Divorce

    Thursday, February 6 2014 1:13 PM EST2014-02-06 18:13:23 GMT
    For most, going through a divorce is an extremely difficult and emotional time. Some become so exhausted by the process – or eager to get it over with – that they make costly financial mistakes they later regret.
    For most, going through a divorce is an extremely difficult and emotional time. Some become so exhausted by the process – or eager to get it over with – that they make costly financial mistakes they later regret.
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