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Total Cost of College for West Michigan Folks

Yes, there is chaos in the political world. Since it's not related to our vocation around here, I'll withhold comment, and let's move on to a happier conversation.Paying for college.(Yes, that was sarcasm.)So much ink (and an abundance of pixels) has been spilled over...

Thinking Through Real Estate Investments In West Michigan

When it comes to your money, you're either spending, saving, giving or investing. I know that many of my West Michigan clients are doing all four, which is always wonderful to see.The last one, investing, is the one I want to focus on today. I talk a great deal about...

Ashley Forrest’s Four Common Investment Mistakes

The stock market has caused some alarm as of late. Will investors wake up panicked or encouraged tomorrow? It's hard to say.But one thing is clear: basing your peace of mind on market signals is no way to live.That said, I'd love to see my West Michigan clients be...

How West Michigan Residents Can Donate for Dorian Relief

Unfortunately, this is a follow-up piece to some advice I shared in the spring -- March to be exact.When tornadoes ravaged Lee County, Alabama, the country rushed to its aid. Although nature is beautiful in various forms, it's also equally unpredictable. And that...

Five Productivity Tips for West Michigan Busy Bodies

With Labor Day behind us, fall is just around the corner.(And a quick tax note: so are estimated taxes, if that applies to you. Due the 16th of this month. Consider yourself reminded. Though I will probably remind you once more.)Now ... fall. This can be a happy...

Estate Planning For West Michigan Singles

Many of our West Michigan clients are married. What I have to say today is still relevant, conceptually (and even in some of the details).So don't skip on by.As I have talked about before, estate planning is something that many families continue to neglect.I'm not...

Four Online Security Moves For West Michigan People Right Now

Firstly, our hearts are broken for the victims of the shooting at the Garlic Festival in California on Monday (one of whom was a six-year-old boy). These events accumulate to paint a picture of deep pain buried within our modern culture, and it's important, in my...

Four Great Summer Tax Moves For Folks in West Michigan

Summer is flying by. Do you feel that way?It's an exciting season with cookouts, vacations and extracurricular activities (my thoughts and sympathies for West Michigan parents with multiple kids playing multiple sports among 100 other things). Before you know it and...