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The results of our thinking on financial topics lives in these pages: a library of white papers, market commentary, and more, all designed to provide insights on financial planning in today’s marketplace, and to help you understand our firm.

Depending on your stage of life, current needs, or level of complexity, your financial advisor must be adept at playing a few key roles. Coach I’ve had some good coaches in my life. One of the things they did consistently well was provide highly directive leadership. They told us what we would be doing in practice. They told us what we would be doing in a game. They told me what I...

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We recently expanded our graphs section, providing review of the monthly performance of various asset classes including benchmark indices and representative mutual funds used by Foster Group in the execution of our portfolio allocation strategy. We hope you’ll find these graphs helpful and informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via email at info@fostergrp.com....

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By Monte L. Schatz of  Vandenack Weaver LLC

When the topic of estate planning comes to mind, most individuals think about the distribution of their assets at death.  The increased longevity of our population requires equal attention to diminished cognitive skills caused by dementia or other diseases that affect normal cognitive functioning. Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform...

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Semper Paratus

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Semper Paratus. Always Ready. The motto of the United States Coast Guard makes an excellent guide for each of us financially, as well. Be ready – be prepared for any circumstance. Financially, this starts by building and maintaining an emergency fund –easily accessible funds set aside to meet unexpected expenses. I, like many of my clients, like to do this via...

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Devotion to Duty

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The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the military that is often overlooked by us Iowans. This is understandable, given our significant lack of coastline that requires guarding! But recently, I spent time on campus of the Coast Guard Academy, and discovered the rich heritage of this proud military force. Founded in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton and...

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We recently expanded our graphs section, providing review of the monthly performance of various asset classes including benchmark indices and representative mutual funds used by Foster Group in the execution of our portfolio allocation strategy. We hope you’ll find these graphs helpful and informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know via email at info@fostergrp.com....

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Costs Matter

"You get what you pay for." is an old saying we all know.  Ironically, the reverse can hold true when it comes to investing.  Avoiding exorbitant fees and minimizing costs leave more dollars invested and growing.  Dimensional Fund Advisors shares the academic basis to this simple truth and highlights that high-priced investments are often the underperformers.  Stay diversified. ...

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By Phil Goldsmith of LWBJ

Employees separating from service with their employer may realize a tax benefit if they hold employer stock or securities within their company 401(k) plan. A little-known rule within the tax code allows the Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) within the employer stock to be distributed without being subject to immediate taxation. The rule allows an individual to convert what would otherwise be ordinary income upon...

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When people come to Foster Group, it’s typically for one of the following reasons:

  • They’re looking for better investment management.
  • They want expert financial advice.
  • Their situation has become more complex and requires a coordinated approach with other professionals.
The biggest area of coordination is estate planning. Estate Planning is complex legally, financially, AND relationally. The estate planning process provides clarity on WHAT will be received, WHEN it will be received,...

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