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Ben Hazekamp Joins Whitlock Wealth Management

Provided by Whitlock Wealth Management Ben Hazekamp has joined Whitlock Wealth Management, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as a Client Relations Manager. His office is located at 12848 Harbor Dr. Suite 101, Lake Ridge. Ben, is originally from Janesville, Wisconsin. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan before he began his career in politics …

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Apple FCU Releases Warning Signs to Recognize Identity Theft Vulnerabilities

Provided by Apple Federal Credit Union Security breaches seem to have become part of daily living. With the recent Equifax hack and a long string of others to large reputable organizations, how do consumers keep their personal information safe? Apple Federal Credit Union offers important warning signs to help consumers understand if they are susceptible to becoming the victim in …

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Are You Ready for a Financial Emergency?

By Bennett C. Whitlock III, CRPC® The wrath of natural disasters has been on full display in recent weeks as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and floods have ravaged large swaths of the world. While our first thoughts go to the victims of these tragic events and the challenges ahead for recovery, it may also cause you to step back and think about …

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How to Select Your Financial Advisor

By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC®, Private Wealth Advisor Whether you rely on your advisor to help with retirement planning, saving for college, or meeting other goals, this individual will help determine how you approach some of life’s biggest financial decisions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Find someone who cares about your goals for the future. Your financial advisor should ask questions about …

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Medicare Open Enrollment Season is Here

By Bennett C. Whitlock III, CRPC® If you are a Medicare enrollee, you should know that open enrollment takes place from October 15 through December 7, 2017. Any changes you make to your coverage will take effect on January 1, 2018. Since your health care priorities are likely to change over time, you might find it beneficial to review and make …

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Maximizing Your Disaster Relief Donation

By Bennett C. Whitlock III, CRPC® When natural disasters occur, people want to know how to help and where to donate. Relief organizations need financial donations and volunteers as they ramp up operations in response to a crisis. Organizations can be bogged down by an influx of unnecessary items by well-meaning donors. What can you do to ensure that your generosity …

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Measuring The Stock Market

By Bennett Whitlock Every day we hear numbers that evaluate the stock market’s performance, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the NASDAQ Composite Index. There are a myriad of market indices, and it may seem like they are all measuring the same thing. However, each index evaluates the market in a different way. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) …

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Merging Finances When You Begin a Life Together

By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC®, Private Wealth Advisor When a couple makes the decision to bring their lives together, it’s inevitable that their financial lives will become intertwined. It’s more common for couples to choose to marry or live together at a later age than was typical for previous generations. Also, couples may be coming together after one or both partners went through a divorce. In …

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What Currency Fluctuations Mean to an Investor’s Portfolio

By Bennett Whitlock One of many variables that can affect investment performance is fluctuation in the value of currencies. In general, American investors focus primarily on how the U.S. dollar compares to currencies of other countries. It isn’t easy to forecast likely investment outcomes based on the direction of these markets. But it is helpful to understand how changes in …

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Are Your Finances Ready for Fun?

By Bennett Whitlock While the best things in life are free, as the saying goes, some of life’s great experiences do have a price tag. If you’re considering fulfilling your childhood dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail or you’re offered tickets to see your favorite team play in the championship game, you know these experiences can be costly. Yet these …

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