Castlebury's Services While developing a customized financial plan, we will walk you through a step-by-step process that will help make you feel confident in your decisions.Once your goals have been established, we apply our customize approach to suit your vision and objectives. We can help you execute each step because we know that "The best way to predict your future is to create it." Investment Strategies Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snarl some investors. Contact Us For More Information! Inflation & Your Money It's important to understand how inflation is reported and how it can affect investments. Mutual Funds vs. ETFs Exchange-traded funds have some things in common with mutual funds, but there are differences, too. It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio. Types of Stock Market Analysis Most stock market analysis falls into three broad groups: Fundamental, technical, and sentimental. Here’s a look at each. Retirement Strategies Where will your retirement money come from? If you’re like most people, qualified-retirement plans, Social Security, and personal savings and investments are expected to play a role. Once you have estimated the amount of money you may need for retirement, a sound approach involves taking a close look at your potential retirement-income sources. Contact Us For More Information! Is a SEP-IRA Right for Your Business? For some, the idea of establishing a retirement strategy evokes worries about complicated reporting and administration. Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College? There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college. The Power of Tax-Deferred Growth Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular? A Look at Systematic Withdrawals This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals. Estate Planning Effective estate management enables you to manage your affairs during your lifetime and control the distribution of your wealth after death. An effective estate strategy can spell out your healthcare wishes and ensure that they're carried out – even if you are unable to communicate. It can even designate someone to manage your financial affairs should you be unable to do so. Contact Us For More Information! Trends in Charitable Giving Some people may want a more advanced gifting strategy that can maximize their gift and generate potential tax benefits. 4 Steps to Protecting a Child with Disabilities Planning for a special-needs child can be complicated, confusing, and even overwhelming. Estate Management Checklist Is your estate in order? This short quiz may help you assess your overall strategy. And the Executor Is The right executor may help ensure the distribution of your assets is done with as little upheaval as possible. Risk Management Investing should be easy – just buy low and sell high – but most of us have trouble following that simple advice. There are principles and strategies that may enable you to put together an investment portfolio that reflects your risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals. Understanding these principles and strategies can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that snarl some investors. Contact Us For More Information! All Muni Bonds Are Not Created Equal Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever. Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor Affluent investors face unique challenges when putting together an investment strategy. Make sure you keep these in mind. Your Cash Flow Statement A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit. Social Media: #NewestBusinessLiabilityRisk Social media may be a modern imperative for businesses looking to grow and build their brand, but it also introduces risk. Insurance Insurance transfers the financial risk of life's events to an insurance company. A sound insurance strategy can help protect your family from the financial consequences of those events. A strategy can include personal insurance, liability insurance, and life insurance. Contact Us For More Information! Insurance Needs Assessment: When You're Young and Single Even if you’re young and single, you should still consider protecting yourself. Protection Against Uninsured Drivers You’re hit by an uninsured driver. Now what? Are you protected against financial losses? Keep Your Umbrella Handy Umbrella liability can be a fairly inexpensive way to help shelter current assets and future income from the unexpected. Keeping Summer Safe: Pool and Spa Safety Tips Each year hundreds of children die or are injured in pool accidents. By taking seven steps, you can keep your pool safe. Income Strategies One of the keys to a sound financial strategy is spending less than you take in, and then finding a way to put your excess to work. A money management approach involves creating budgets to understand and make decisions about where your money is going. It also involves knowing where you may be able to put your excess cash to work. Contact Us For More Information! A House Divided By understanding a few key concepts during a divorce, you may be able to avoid common pitfalls. Changing Unhealthy Behaviors Five phases to changing unhealthy behaviors. Pay Yourself First It sounds simple, but paying yourself first can really pay off. Weighing the Benefits of Prepaid Debit Cards It's important to understand the pros and cons when considering a prepaid debit card.