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June 13, 2024

5 Crucial Steps to Protect Your Accounts: Cybersecurity and Anti-Scam Essentials

As the digital age has evolved, cyberthreats and scams have skyrocketed and become increasingly sophisticated. The sad fact is that hackers and scammers are getting better at what they do, preying on vulnerabilities both digitally and within us. Whether you're an individual or a business entity, implementing robust cybersecurity and anti-scam protection is essential to safeguard your assets and sensitive information. Here are five essential steps to fortify your defenses against today’s threats:

April 23, 2024

Trust Talk: Understanding Trust Options for Effective Estate Planning

Estate planning is a crucial step in securing your financial future and ensuring your wishes are carried out after you're gone. One valuable estate-planning tool is a trust. In this article we’ll explore two common types: revocable and irrevocable. While their names sound similar, each type of trust has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's essential for you and your advisor to understand when to use each one based on your individual needs and goals.

April 2, 2024

Are You Ready to Retire Financially?

Not surprisingly, many of the clients we speak to are mentally ready to retire. But that doesn’t mean they’re financially ready. Before you can put that 9 to 5 behind you and hit the beach, spend time in the workshop, or give back by volunteering, there is plenty of important monetary business to get squared away. In this article, we'll discuss six key ways to help you determine if you're truly ready to retire.

February 27, 2024

The College Payoff: 5 Key Strategies to Reduce Student Debt

With your degree in hand, you’re ready to take on the world. But managing the student debt you take with you can feel overwhelming. With strategic planning and disciplined efforts, you can lessen the burden and get to that last payment faster. In this article, we'll explore five actionable ways to reduce student debt effectively and put you back in control of your financial future.

February 22, 2024

The ABCs of RMDs: Your 10-step Guide to Required Minimum Distributions

As retirees enter their 70s, one key consideration looms large: required minimum distributions (RMDs). These mandatory withdrawals from traditional IRAs and other retirement accounts are a vital component of post-retirement planning, and understanding their nuances can help you make informed decisions about your financial future. Let's take a look at the essentials of RMDs and what they mean for your retirement journey.

January 11, 2024

It’s Financial Wellness Month: Here are 5 Tips to Improve your Fiscal Fitness

Did you know January is Financial Wellness Month? It's the perfect time to think about your financial situation and make some positive changes. Financial wellness means being in a state in which you can effectively manage your money. Whether it's setting goals, dialing in a budget, or just making sure you have some savings for the unexpected, now's the time to do it. Check out these five tips to give your financial wellness a boost in the new year.

November 29, 2023

New Year, New Financial You: 5 Smart Money Goals for 2024

As 2023 comes to an end and we reflect on our challenges and successes, we at Cobblestone are looking ahead to help make sure the new year is your most financially responsible yet. With that in mind, here are five ways to help you manage your money wisely throughout 2024 and beyond.

November 1, 2023

Financial Wisdom for Startups: 6 Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

The advantages of starting your own business are many. But without the right plan, things can go off the rails quickly. To keep things on track, budding business owners must know how to build and apply sound financial strategies. In this article, we'll explore six essential tips entrepreneurs can use to start successfully and stay that way.

October 1, 2023

Building a Stronger Future: 5 Steps to a Solid Financial Plan

With so many principles to understand and options to consider, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to managing your money. But taking control of your financial future doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the guidance of financial experts like ours, you can pave the way to a more secure and prosperous future. In this article, we’ll explore the five essential steps to building a solid financial plan that can help you navigate life’s challenges and achieve your goals.

September 5, 2023

7 Tips for a Better Budget

Setting a budget might not seem like something you want or need to do, but trust us – whether you're aiming for big goals or simply looking to make the most of your money, a budget is your secret weapon. And they’re not just for people with limited funds – they’re for everyone who wants to take control of their finances and turn their dreams into reality. In this article, we're going to explore seven ways to create a budget that fits your life and paves the way to a brighter financial future.