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Financial Resource Center

The Unified Trust Financial Resource Center gives you access to the tools you need to organize your financial life. You will find quick-read articles, comprehensive planning guides, interactive financial tools, animated presentations and much more! The Unified Trust Financial Resource Center provides a single source of financial information for all age groups.

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Working with a financial advisor can provide many benefits for investors, especially during times of uncertainty, but it’s vital to do your homework before you hire someone. Fiduciary Investment Advisor Angela Coleman shares some tips to consider when hiring a financial advisor.

401(k)s remain a central component to many Americans' retirement plans and the vehicle holds many benefits for savers. Institutional Retirement Consultant Monika Hubbard recently published an article on BenefitsPro about three often-overlooked benefits that all savers should be aware of.

There is a lot that goes into being a fiduciary financial advisor, from adhering to various regulations and restrictions to a complete dedication to acting on behalf of our client’s best interest. It’s a responsibility we take seriously here at Unified Trust, as fiduciary investment advisor Billy Lanter recently discussed with U.S. News & World Report.

Fiduciary Investment Advisor, John Deglow, and Digital Advice Manager, Mike Samford, recently spoke with U.S. News & World Report with some retirement investing tips and the power of compound interest.

Library

In the Unified Trust Library you will find a collection of white papers and articles on a variety of financial issues relevant to today's investor.

Working with a financial advisor can provide many benefits for investors, especially during times of uncertainty, but it’s vital to do your homework before you hire someone. I recently added commentary for an article in U.S. News and World Report, outlining common mistakes investors make when hiring a financial advisor.

On that sweltering Belmont Park afternoon in front 69,000 plus spectators, Secretariat delivered one of the most iconic moments in American sports history. While the last six months of stock market movement isn’t a “moment” in time we can all point to, it has most definitely been momentous for investors and non-investors alike.

Earlier this summer I was asked to submit a retirement investing tip for an article in US News and World Report. Ironically, just within the last few months, a niece and two of my nephews (ages 20-23) each asked me how to get started as well. I shared these five simple strategies with them.

For the last 30 years or so, the retirement industry at large has done a good job at hiding or complicating fees so that only the savviest of investors have a chance at finding them. Here are 5 questions you need to ask your provider about plan fees.

If you’ve lately checked the headlines of most financial news sources, you’re bound to be somewhat confused. In a time of extreme uncertainty comes extreme takes on where the market is headed and what actions investors should be doing.

Retirement readiness takes years of careful planning and customized strategies. The rapidly-changing environment is prompting nearly everyone to reassess their lifestyle, spending habits, career plans and future goals. But for those nearing retirement, it might leave some to wonder if they have achieved or are close enough to their goal of retirement readiness.

We’ve all dreamed of winning the lottery and sailing off into the sunset footloose and fancy free! In celebration of National Lottery Day, which just so happens to be today, we’ve put together a few steps to take to help make your dreams become reality.

Estate planning can be overwhelming. Before you make an appointment with your attorney it’s a good idea to look at your situation and if needed, talk to your advisor. Here are some tips on how to get your financial matters organized.

I was recently reading Skin In The Game by Nassim Taleb and was captivated by a chapter in the book titled, “The Merchandising of Virtue.” In that chapter, Taleb discusses the importance of virtue, or colloquially, what you do when no one is looking. To be, rather than to seem. This maxim is particularly relevant to the retirement plan services industry and fiduciary duty.

In the world of investing, four of the most dangerous words you can ever say are, “This time is different.” Throughout history, experts have warned “this time is different” when facing various crises that in their opinion render historical precedent, flawed at best and irrelevant at worst. The amount of history being witnessed right now does lead one to ask the age-old question: is this time different?

Recently on CNBC, financial experts took turns predicting the stock market and discussing how it is way over-priced due to the very bleak economic circumstances. During that same time frame, another half-dozen suggested the worst was over. How can experts be so far off?

You do not need to inherit a long-lost relative’s estate or even win the lottery to set yourself up for success, you just need to follow practical financial fundamentals and stick to it for the long-term. So today, let us celebrate “National Be a Millionaire Day” by looking at real-life millionaire money hacks.

Since the start of the pandemic that’s rocked the world, rattled the stock markets and significantly altered the way we live and work, what we’ve come to realize is that investing in community isn’t about money. It’s about seeing a need, realizing you are in a unique position to meet that need and then doing it, taking action!

In honor of the greatest movie franchise of all time, my favorite movie ever, some of the best characters to grace the silver screen, the best quotable lines, the first love of my life (Princess Leia) and of course today’s date, I give you this blog post…

The last 45 days feels like we’ve been punched in the mouth. We all had plans, we all had strategies to grow our practice, grow our clients, grow our savings and SMACK, a right hook to the jaw that changes everything. What do we do now? There are so many unanswered questions.

The term relájate (pronounced: rreh-lah-ha-tay) is a Spanish command which, calmly, implores you to relax. It’s a word I came to know while living in the laidback Yucatan peninsula of Mexico over a decade ago. When you say it, you feel its meaning. This is a feeling participants in Unified Trust’s UnifiedPlan® Managed Account Solution, can embrace.

Amid so much uncertainty, we should all follow the basic recommendations for relieving stress and practicing self-care. Here are some tips and recommendations for exercising control and managing risk that will ultimately provide for successful financial outcomes.

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