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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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A Primer on Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

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The Value of Insuring Against Life’s Risks

Building wealth requires protection from the forces of wealth destruction.

A Taxing Story: Capital Gains and Losses

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Variable Universal Life Insurance

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What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

Annuity Comparison

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

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

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

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

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

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

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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Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.

Global and International Funds

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

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

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

When Do You Need a Will?

When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.

Consider These 3 Things Before Driving Off the Lot

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

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