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Simplifying complex topics to their most basic form 

Divergent Guides

We are as much educators as we are advisers

at the SCT Library

Cutting through clutter and spin to deliver financial straight talk. 

These short guides will reduce complex topics to their core issues and assist you in making the best financial decisions for your family.

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The Side Effects of Retirement

We all laugh at the pharmaceutical commercials we see on television, right? They usually feature happy outgoing people spending cherished moments with family or friends. If the commercial is on mute, they can actually be heartwarming and inspiring scenes… but if you read the small disclaimer rolling across the bottom of the screen or tune into the low monotone voice describing the possible side effects of that medication, you quickly get a contrasting story. I recently saw a commercial where a charming couple was shown running out their front door in slow motion with excitement and smiles on their faces. They were running to greet their children and grand-children who were coming to visit on a beautiful summer evening. The woman warmly embraced her son, while her husband kneels-down with open arms to bear hug his grandchildren running toward him.

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5 Simple Strategies to Lowering Your Tax Bill

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin. Tax avoidance can be legal. However, tax evasion is not legal. So what’s the difference? Tax avoidance is simply minimizing the impact taxes have on your bottom line. While every scenario is unique, the goal of tax planning is to arrange your financial affairs to minimize tax impact. There are three broad ways to reduce your taxes. You can reduce your taxable income, increase your tax deductions, and/or take advantage of tax credits.

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Successfully Navigating The 3 Phases of Retirement

However you define life in retirement, making the most of your retirement year requires a sense of financial stability. Simply put, life seems to be less stressful and more enjoyable when you have options. The more financially stable you are in life, the options you will have. With that said, let’s look at the how most retirements tend to fall into 3 specific phases.

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3 things you need to know about investment fees

Not all advisers are created equal. It’s extremely important to interview several advisers to make sure you are getting tangible value for the fees you are paying. Finding a trusted fiduciary adviser who is transparent with their fees and who can quickly articulate the value received for those fees usually tend to be a great long-term financial partner.

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