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Understanding Today's Financial Environment

We specialize in helping retirees and those transitioning into retirement understand Social Security strategies, reduce tax burdens and strategies to potentially increase income in retirement. It’s our mission to make sure you enjoy your hard-earned retirement using strategies that fit your specific needs. Any successful plan for retirement needs a strong foundation. That foundation starts with coordinating your retirement benefits; Social Security, 401k, IRA, brokerage, Medicare, Health Insurance, Life Insurance and Long-Term-Care. Let's work together to give you the peace of mind you deserve in retirement!

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Meet Gene B. Russell, Advisor

Gene has twelve years of experience in the financial planning industry and recently joined Next Phase Financial.  For two years, he was a national top producer for a major mutual fund company. As an advisor for NextPhase Financial, Gene continues to “invest in conversations” to fully understand his client’s goals. He holds the designation of National Social Security Advisor – NSSA.

Gene has been active with the Susan Komen Race Committee, the Heroes of the Heartland Committee, Habitat for Humanity, traveled twice to South Africa on mission trips and he received the Governor’s Certificate of Lifesaving for performing CPR that saved the life of an employee at a local hardware store.

Gene and his wife, Sharmie Ann, reside in Ankeny.

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Helpful Content

What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?

What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?

$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.

The History of Retirement

The History of Retirement

Do you know where the idea of “retirement” comes from?

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

 

The Economic Journey of Your Morning Coffee

Few contemplate the complex journey that brought their coffee from farm to kitchen table.

Good Health is Good Business

Good employee health can be great for the company’s bottom line.

Global vs. International: What’s The Difference?

International funds invest in non-U.S. markets, while global funds may invest in U.S. stocks alongside non-U.S. stocks.

Does Your Credit Score Affect Your Insurance Rates?

Your credit score may influence how much you pay for auto and home insurance.

The Most Overlooked Item of Any Home Improvement

The item most homeowners forget on their home improvement project checklist is insurance.

Problems with Probate

Probate can be a completely public process, or it can be managed to include as little information as possible.

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Historical Inflation

This calculator shows how inflation over the years has impacted purchasing power.

Assess Your Life Insurance Needs

This calculator estimates how much life insurance you would need to meet your family's needs if you were to die prematurely.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

How Much Home Can I Afford?

With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

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Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

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Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Retirement Redefined

Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Jane Bond: Scaling the Ladder

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.

The New Wild West: Bitcoin

Bitcoin’s future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure: it’s the wild west out there, and there is no sheriff in town.

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