Laura J. Hanlon
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Smart Planning for Financial Independence

"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures." -Josiah Gilbert Holland

Money has no value unless you've got the time and good health to enjoy it. In fact, if you have to be poor, would you rather be poor now or at retirement? By planning carefully and investing wisely, you shouldn't have to make this choice.

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Laura J Hanlon’s Financial Goals By Age

Making your money last long enough is a lifetime’s work. And there are some basic “rules” that we can all follow, depending on what stage of life in which we find ourselves.

Which is why we are here — to help you determine if you are breaking these rules WISELY … or if, perhaps, a refocusing of priorities should be in order.

Regardless, I offer you these financial goals everyone should consider:

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Children, Finances And Conway’s Consumerism Culture

I should probably start this right off by saying that I’m not claiming to be a particular expert in these matters. However, I do watch what other people do well … and I’ve had many conversations with wise clients who have shared a thing or two over the years. I have clients with great material means, who have children that remain “unspoiled”, and who don’t carry an expectant spirit.

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Teaching Conway Kids About Money

While it is impossible to completely shield kids from all the hard things that go on around them, I happen to believe money worries are one of those things we shouldn’t share with kids.

Whether you have many digits in your bank accounts, or you are still scraping by, money can (obviously) form a subject of dysfunction and tension, if we allow it.

So there are a number of ways to help our children move past this — some very specific, and some more subtle.

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Laura J Hanlon CPA Identifies 5 Money Habits That Are Financially Crippling You

As I mentioned, I’m going to risk being a bit blunt here.

That said, I’ll apologize ahead of time for those of you in truly tragic financial circumstances. I’m referring to events, completely out of control, which wreck your balance sheets. Like a medical emergency, not covered by insurance — and which no reasonable person could have expected.

But for the rest of you, call this your early intervention.

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Laura J Hanlon CPA’s Four Reasons For Monthly Financial Reports With Your Partner

Do you get a knot in your gut when your spouse asks you how the finances are looking? Do you practice a policy of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”?

One of the best tools I’ve seen to keep your spouse or partner in the loop about your finances is the simple concept of the monthly financial report. If you find it useful, and once you’ve established the format, you can also do it twice a month to take a look at how you’re meeting your goals

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Laura Hanlon Suggests: Take A Test Drive Of Your Retirement Plans

You may have heard that tax season has officially “begun”. Well, when we here at Team Laura Hanlon sit down with a Central Arkansas tax preparation client during tax season, we are picking through history — we are helping you sort through your 2013, and make sure that the numbers match … AND, of course, that YOU are able to take advantage of every possible legal and ethical method to hold on to your hard-earned dollars (or sometimes receive a nice bump in your supply from a refundable tax credit).

But we also like to spend time future-casting.

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