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Congratulations! You are getting married again. There are probably other things on your mind, but let's talk finances for a moment. Building the financial cornerstone of your marriage should begin well before you walk down the aisle for the second time. After all, your life is likely more complex than it was the first time around. Here are some concepts and ideas to help you make the right money moves before repeating “I do”.

After working with nonprofits for more than two decades, we’ve experienced first-hand how challenging it can be to create a focused investment approach. Interweaving the right elements into a strategy that marries your organization’s particular financial needs with the philosophical aspects of its charitable aims is a formidable task. As a starting point, here are three questions that can help shape your thinking around this critical process.

The global capital markets delivered strong results in 2017.  Global stocks registered their second best year in the ten calendar years since 2008.  Commodities notched their fourth best year and real estate its fifth best year over the same period.  While US and world bonds have had multiple solid years over the decade, positive results in 2017 were a noteworthy triumph as interest rate headwinds continued to build.

After a lifetime of hearing grandparents and parents discuss their Social Security, baby boomers are realizing it is now their turn to collect. This 82-year-old program, originally designed to help senior citizens escape poverty in their older age, is actually available to anyone who has paid into the system and reached retirement age.

Despite a flurry of unnerving headlines during the quarter, the volatility of global stocks remains at historic lows. Major indices in the U.S., Europe and Asia have managed to avoid a retreat of 5% or more so far in 2017. Typically, 5% pullbacks occur once per quarter with 10% corrections at least annually, and 20% drops once per market cycle for most developed stock markets.

If you haven’t heard of health savings accounts, or HSAs, now is a great time to learn. An HSA allows for tax‐advantaged savings that can be used to pay for medical expenses now or in the future. In order to qualify for an HSA, you must be enrolled in a high‐deductible health insurance plan. High deductible insurance plans offer low premiums in exchange for the insured person or family taking on high deductibles.

Recently, I had an opportunity to help a new client with a strategic financial plan. When she came to us, she shared with us that she felt pride in what she had accomplished in life in raising her son and in her career. Yet, she felt uneasy and anxious about what was yet to come, and she could not tell from her company’s retirement statement if she would be able to travel as she wanted to do in retirement.

We women live longer than men, and many of us will be on our own at some time in the future.  At age 65, we can expect to live another 20 years on average, and we will need to depend on ourselves more than ever to successfully navigate the retirement landscape.  Most of us cannot afford to make a major mistake and still ensure there will be time to recover.

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