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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.

 

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Do You Owe The AMT?

Do You Owe The AMT?

If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.

Alternative Investments - Going Mainstream

Alternative Investments - Going Mainstream

Alternative investments are going mainstream for accredited investors. It’s critical to sort through the complexity.

Prevent a Rift: Money Tips for Newlyweds

Prevent a Rift: Money Tips for Newlyweds

Couples may be able to head off many of the problems in a marriage that money can cause.

 

How Stocks Work

Understanding how a stock works is key to understanding your investments.

A House Divided

By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls.

Should You Borrow from Your 401(k)?

Does it make sense to borrow from my 401(k) to pay off debt or to make a major purchase?

Traditional vs. Roth IRA

One or the other? Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans.

Will Power

Preparing for the eventual distribution of your assets may not sound enticing. But a will puts the power in your hands.

Insurance Needs Assessment:When You're Married With Children

When you’re married and have children, insurance needs will be different.

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Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Paying Off a Credit Card

Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.

What Is My Current Net Worth?

Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

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Should I Invest in Gold?

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

Global and International Funds

Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?

Consider These 3 Things Before Driving Off the Lot

There are a few things to consider when buying or leasing your next vehicle.

Events on Wall Street

Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Have you found yourself suddenly single? Here are 3 steps to take right now.

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