Providing the Stepping Stone for Your Future
The decisions we make in life all begin with one step. The strength of that first step can be very telling about the path you'll walk in the future. An unsupported or unstable foundation can cause long-term consequences. Think about what would happen if your contractor poured your home's foundation without framing it first. Or if your college opened its doors without first becoming an accredited university. The stepping stones laid beneath each of these ensures the end result has a more stable and satisfactory outcome.
At Stepping Stone Financial, we realize the importance of a strong foundation beneath each financial decision our clients have before them, starting with taking that first step. Financial decisions can have an impact not only on the number of dollars you have, but what you're able to do in life, including where you can go on vacation, if you can invest in real estate, or when you can retire.
The Stepping Stone Financial team starts by creating a personalized plan that manages risk while also putting you in a position to reach your goals. We have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and small business owners to build their financial futures one step at a time.
Read more about our firm and our approach to see how we can help put strong, stable stepping stones in place for you as you take steps forward in your financial life.
Social Security: The Elephant in the Room
Some people wonder if Social Security will remain financially sound enough to pay the benefits they are owed.
Systematic Withdrawals in Retirement
Taking regular, periodic withdrawals during retirement can be quite problematic.
Retiree Health Care Coverage Overseas
Retirees traveling abroad need to know that their health insurance travels with them.
If you have a traditional IRA, you may have the opportunity to extend its tax-deferred status across multiple generations.
1035 exchanges provide a way to trade-in an annuity contract or life insurance policy without triggering a tax liability.
Tips on insuring your teen driver.
The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.
Life insurance proceeds are generally tax-free. But not in all cases.
Social media may be a modern imperative for businesses looking to grow and build their brand, but it also introduces risk.
This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.
This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.
This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.
This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.
Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.
Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.
The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.
How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.
There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.
Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.
Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.
The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.
When should you take your Social Security benefit?
A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.
Tulips were the first, but they won’t be the last. What forms a “bubble” and what causes them to burst?
Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.
Make your retirement as exciting as your next vacation.
When do you need a will? The answer is easy: Right Now.