Understanding Today’s Financial Environment
Welcome, I’m Michael Hammen, a financial professional and owner of Advantage Financial & Tax Services in West Des Moines, IA. We understand that individuals and households face increasingly complex financial challenges as we navigate our way through life.
A few questions you may have. For example:
Are we saving enough for retirement? How does retirement savings impact my tax situation? How much can I save each year? What can I expect to receive at retirment in the form of income? How can I save on my income taxes each year? Can I save for my kids/grandkids college expenses? How much life insurance do I need? and other simular questions.
Our professionals have years of experience in financial services. We can help answer many of those questions, and assist you moving forward.
A Brief History of Estate Taxes
Federal estate taxes have long since been a lucrative source of funding for the federal government.
Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor
Affluent investors face unique challenges when putting together an investment strategy. Make sure you keep these in mind.
What to Look for in Personal Finance Apps
An increasing number have been developed to help individuals with their personal finances.
The care of special-needs children continues into their adult years, and may survive the passing of their parents.
Choosing to bear the financial burden of an adverse event is called self-insuring. Do you know what that entails?
Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each.
Concerns over identity theft continue to grow, especially with data breaches at major companies and financial institutions.
By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls.
Good employee health can be great for the company’s bottom line.
Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.
With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.
This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.
This questionnaire will help determine your tolerance for investment risk.
This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.
Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.
Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.
A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.
There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement
Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?
There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?
What are your options for investing in emerging markets?
There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.