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Thrive by Learning and Growing Edition

Read our Q2 2022 newsletter on how to thrive by learning and growing. CEO Rick Manske reflects on graduation season and what this time of achievement and change means for students and loved ones. CIO Bill Hansen writes about education savings; President Harli Palme writes about tax savings related to college expenses; Portfolio Manager Nancy Blackman cautions about hidden costs of college. Advisor Charles Thompson outlines why it’s important that we value and prioritize travel. Advisors Judd Meinhart and Hilary Daniel write about job transitions and what to do with your 401(k) and new benefits. Advisor Neal Nolan ends with 10 ways to celebrate Independence Day and we highlight announcements across our firm. We hope you enjoy this edition!

Education Savings: There’s No Time Like The Present

College saving is a topic near and dear to my heart, as we have a 17-year-old who is currently undergoing the college exploration process. It seems like just yesterday that we dropped him off for his first day of kindergarten. He looked so small walking into that big school with his little turtle backpack on. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes. Now he is towering over us at 6 feet, 2 inches tall, constantly eating and never gaining weight.

Invest in Your Child’s Future with a 529 Plan

A 529 plan is a great vehicle to start saving for your child’s college education expenses. Much like your 401(k) plan at work, 529 plans offer a set list of investments and the assets inside can grow tax free. We have created some projections to help you understand what balances you might expect if you save $50, $100, $200 or $300 monthly along with some key takeaways.

Graduating Day Care Bills, Hooray! Errr, I Mean … My Baby Is Graduating!

Full transparency: Before I had kids, I looked at day care graduation photos with a certain level of judgment and cynicism. It seemed silly to me, like participation trophies. I liked the idea of celebrating just one major graduation, which represented the culmination of all a child’s academic achievements over the years. But then I …

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Graduations Edition

Whether it is for you or a loved one, a graduation is a truly special moment to celebrate the accomplishment at hand and look forward to the future. As you’ll read in this newsletter, graduations are just as much for parents who are graduating from one spending level to another and adjusting to the new financial demands of the next advancements along the educational path.