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Welcome to our resource site for personal planning. This site is maintained by Etzler Financial Advisors, LLC as an extension of our services to help clients make more informed financial decisions. Our role as a conflict-free fiduciary advisor is to help you successfully navigate the financial challenges of today and plan for a better tomorrow.
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Check out investment brokers or advisers – The Securities and Exchange Commission site to check out a broker or adviser.
Investment advisers: what you need to know before choosing one – Questions and answers from the Securities and Exchange Commission about investment advisers—what they are and how to go about choosing one.
Understanding professional designations – FINRA tool to decode the letters that sometimes follow a financial professional’s name. You can also see whether the issuing organization requires continuing education, takes complaints or has a way for you to confirm who holds the credential.
How to Choose A Financial Planner: Tough Questions To Ask – Questionnaire created by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to assist consumers in selecting a personal financial planner.
How to Select the Best Financial Advisor – Information and tools from the Paladin Registry.
Debts & Liabilities
Federal Trade Commission Money & Credit – The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
Annual Credit Report.com – Allows you to request a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the major nationwide consumer credit reporting companies.
Smart About Money – Program of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) a nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.
Credit Karma – Help to understand credit and get more out of it. Provides free credit scores, reports and monitoring, and insight into what it all means.
Mint – Money management application that tracks spending patterns, investments and more.
Nolo Law for All – Nolo’s mission is to help consumers and small businesses find answers to their everyday legal and business questions. The Nolo Network is one of the web’s largest libraries of consumer-friendly legal information – all available for free.
FindLaw – Provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make estate planning decisions.
Estate Planning FAQs – Common questions about estate planning from the American Bar Association.
California Courts – General information about wills, estates, and probate in California.
Do I Need a Living Trust? – Information from the California State Bar.
Kiplinger – Timely, trusted personal finance advice and business forecasts.
Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information – The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency that works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
Bankrate – Bankrate.com is an independent, advertising-supported publisher and comparison service.
Let’s Make A Plan – Consumer education site from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Choose to Save – Consumer education site from the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Education and Research Fund.
National Endowment for Financial Education – Nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.
Federal Reserve Education – Links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.
Morningstar – Independent. Insightful. Trusted. Morningstar provides stock market analysis; equity, mutual fund, and ETF research, ratings, and picks; portfolio tools; and IRA, 401k, and 529 plan research.
Investor.gov – The consumer education site maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mutual fund and ETF cost calculator – The FINRA Fund Analyzer offers information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). This tool estimates the value of the funds and impact of fees and expenses on your investment and also allows you the ability to look up applicable fees and available discounts for funds.
Selecting a mutual fund – Consumer information from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Savings calculator – FINRA’s savings calculator to see how a consistent approach to investing can make your money grow. Whether saving for a house, a car, or other special purchase, the savings calculator will help you determine the right amount to save on a regular basis to achieve your goal.
Bond fund information – General information from the Securities and Exchange Commission about bond funds.
Invest wisely – Basic information from the Securities and Exchange Commission to help investors select a brokerage firm and sales representative, make an initial investment decision, monitor an investment and address an investment problem. It is intended to help you identify questions you should ask and warning signs to look for in order to avoid possible investment problems.
Saving and investing – The Security and Exchange Commission’s roadmap to saving and investing.
Variable annuities: what you should know – General information from the Securities and Exchange Commission about variable annuities – what they are, how they work, and the charges you will pay.
Beginners’ Guide to Asset Allocation, Diversification, and Rebalancing – Some fundamental principles of sound investing from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Beginners’ Guide to Investing – Online publications and resources from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Beginners’ Guide to Mutual Funds – Online publications and resources from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Christine Benz’s 6-Step Portfolio Checkup (video) – Morningstar’s director of personal finance outlines how to gauge your portfolio’s viability, evaluate your allocation, troubleshoot risk factors, and more in this special Web seminar presentation.
Variable annuities: what you should know – General information from the Securities and Exchange Commission about variable annuities – what they are, how they work, and the charges you will pay.
Variable annuities and variable life products: questions to ask – Questions and considerations from the Securities and Exchange Commission related to variable annuities and variable life products.
National Flood Insurance Program – Overview of the National Flood Insurance Program and information and links for property owners.
National Crime Prevention Council – Information and resources to protect yourself and your family from fraud and identity theft and other crimes.
Consumer Protection Safety Commission – Information and tools regarding consumer product safety.
National Fire Protection Association – The authority on fire, electrical, and building safety.
AM Best’s Credit Ratings – Forward-looking independent and objective opinion regarding an insurer’s, issuer’s or financial obligation’s relative creditworthiness.
Insurance Information Institute – Improving public understanding of insurance – what it does and how it works.
Tips for Buying Life Insurance – Brief consumer guide from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Understanding Life Insurance: Should You Purchase, Change, or Cancel a Policy? – Brief consumer guide from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Evaluate Life Insurance – Consumer Federation of America Insurance Group Life Insurance Rate of Return Service.
California Department of Insurance – Information and tips for consumers.
Ballpark Estimate – The Ballpark E$timate is an easy-to-use, interactive tool that helps you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement. The Ballpark E$timate takes complicated issues like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and mathematics that are easy to understand.
Top 10 Ways to Beat the Clock and Prepare for Retirement – Tips on planning for retirement from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and a list of sources to call for more information.
Smart 401(k) Investing – FINRA’s Smart 401(k) Investing takes you through the process of enrolling and managing your 401(k) account, and answers questions about everything from eligibility to rollovers, from vesting to hardship withdrawals.
National Association of Retirement Plan Participants – On-demand educational experience that will help people avoid common mistakes and navigate the complex world of retirement savings and financial wellness. Highlights of the site currently include: everyday people talking about their financial concerns and questions, tools to help pay down debt and make a budget, and the FI Academy which features simple answers to common savings and financial questions.
Social Security Quick Calculator – Benefit estimator based on your date of birth and your earnings history. The “Quick Calculator” does not access your earnings record; instead, it will estimate your earnings based on information you provide.
Social Security Retirement Planner – Provides detailed information about your Social Security retirement benefits under current law. It also points out things you may want to consider as you prepare for the future.
IRS refund status – Get up-to-date refund information using Where’s My Refund? or the IRS2Go mobile app. Where’s My Refund? is updated no more than once every 24 hours, usually overnight. Refunds are generally issued within 21 days after the IRS receives your tax return.
IRS withholding calculator – If you are an employee, the withholding calculator can help you determine whether you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate to avoid having too much or too little Federal income tax withheld from your pay. You can use your results from the calculator to help fill out the form.
Sales tax deduction calculator – If you file a Form 1040, and itemize deductions on Schedule A, you have the option of claiming either state and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes. (You can’t claim both.) If you saved your receipts throughout the year, you can add up the total amount of sales taxes you actually paid and claim that amount. If you didn’t save all your receipts, you can still choose to claim state and local sales taxes. You can fill out the worksheet and use the general sales tax tables for Schedule A (Form 1040) or use the sales tax deduction calculator.
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) assistant – Individuals with a higher income may be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax. Under the tax law, certain tax benefits can significantly reduce a taxpayer’s regular tax amount. The AMT sets a limit on those benefits. If the tax benefits would reduce total tax below the AMT limit, the taxpayer must pay the higher Alternative Minimum Tax amount.
Business and self-employed tax center – IRS resource site that serves taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C (non-incorporated sole proprietor), E (rental property), F (farm operation) or Form 2106 (employee business expenses), as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million.
IRS forms & publications – The official online source of IRS tax forms, instructions and publications.
Partnership tax information – IRS site for tax information related to partnerships.
Corporation tax information – IRS site for tax information related to corporations.
State of California Resources
Kids and Money: A Guide for Parents – Parents play an important role in teaching children about financial planning, whether they are in preschool or high school. This guide, from the Financial Planning Association®, offers suggestions for teaching kids money skills that they can carry with them the rest of their lives.
Coping with Death and Injury: Financial Considerations in a Time of Need – A brief guide to help you make calm, rational financial decisions following the death or injury of a loved one. (Financial Planning Association®).
How to Survive Financially after a Job Loss – Guidance for those who have joined — or are about to join — the ranks of the unemployed. (Financial Planning Association®).
Financial Planning: Secure Your Retirement – This guide, from the Financial Planning Association®, offers suggestions from financial planners on how to take a big picture, financial planning approach to your retirement plan.
Budgeting: Managing Your Money with a Spending Plan – This guide will help you find ways to free up more money and give you the peace of mind that comes from being in control of your financial life. (Financial Planning Association®).
Starting Your Financial Plan: A Beginner’s Road Map – This guide, from the Financial Planning Association®, will help you get started with a road map for your financial life.
Touching the Future – Guide and Workbook for Estate Planning and Charitable Giving.