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Financial Planning

Closing Out Financial Literacy Month

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Although every month is financial literacy month at Meridian Financial Partners, we are just about to close out April, which is National Financial Literacy Month. AND the fourth Thursday in April is “Teach Children to Save Day”. To celebrate, the Meridian children got together to test their financial

The Who, What, Where, When, How and Why of Emergency Funds

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Last week, Sarah Irving wrote a fantastic blog highlighting the importance of financial literacy, which included the following statistic: 60% of woman and 53% of men worry about their financial future. One of our most important recommendations when it comes to financial well-being is establishing an emergency fund.

Irrational Decisions (+ RIP Daniel Kahneman)

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Daniel Kahneman’s work perfectly outlines what we as advisors and planners are often dealing with when speaking to clients, giving advice, and making recommendations. One of his main conclusions was that individuals do not always make rational decisions when faced with uncertainty. Unfortunately, when it comes to

It’s Been One Week

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For Spring Break 2024, we decided to cruise the largest cruise ship in the world, The Icon of the Seas. We had a wonderful time exploring the new ship, seeing all of the shows, and eating ice cream all day (literally…I think Ethan counted 7 cones before lunch one day…gross!). While Icon is the largest […]

Spring Clean Your Finances

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Back in very early January, I wrote a blog about financial resolutions for the New Year, which notes that most people give up on those resolutions after about 3 months. With the days getting longer, the weather warming, and flowers starting to pop up, why not use the change in seasons as a motivator to […]

Luck vs. Skill

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In the spirit of the recent St. Patrick’s Day holiday, luck has been on my mind as to how it affects our financial journey both through financial planning and investment management.   Luck is defined as success or failure brought by chance rather than through one’s actions with a reasonable expectation

Like a ROTH to a Flame

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I apologize for the lame title to this post, but it seemed a little more attention grabbing than ‘help your kid open a ROTH IRA.’ If you have a child who is earning income, he is eligible to open a ROTH IRA (in Virginia, the minimum working age is 14), and you should probably help […]

The “Cash Trap”

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With the Federal Reserve’s campaign to tame inflation pushing short term interest rates higher, cash yields have become more and more enticing.  Frankly, we’ve never bought more CDs and Treasury bonds for our clients than over the past year.  It’s been a welcome sight to see Treasury and cash yields in the 5%

Did You Miss It?

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Woops, did you miss the deadline? If you are an organization in Virginia with 25 or more employees and have been in operations for 2 or more years, February 15th was the deadline to register for Virginia’s state sponsored plan, RetirePath or to certify an exemption if already offering a qualified employer-sponsored