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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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Budgeting After a Divorce

Budgeting After a Divorce

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If you want to avoid potential surprises at tax time, it may make sense to know where you stand when it comes to the AMT.

How to Make the Tax Code Work for You

How to Make the Tax Code Work for You

When you take the time to learn more about how it works, you may be able to put the tax code to work for you.

 

The Business Cycle

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When Life Insurance Becomes Taxable

Life insurance proceeds are generally tax-free. But not in all cases.

Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer

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The Utility of Sector Investing

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Money Draining Food Myths

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U.S. Personal Savings Rate

What can be learned from the savings rate?

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Bi-Weekly Payments

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Annuity Comparison

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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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Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.

Contributing to an IRA?

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

Saving for Retirement

This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

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RE: Retirement

How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?

Global and International Funds

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

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

Can Election Results Predict the Market?

How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?

18 Years Worth of Days

The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days?

Tuning Your Social Security Benefit

When should you take your Social Security benefit?

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