Retired lady sitting on bench thinking about life insurance.

How Important is Life Insurance?

September 9, 2016

Life Insurance Policy

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month! But how important is it to have a life insurance policy for you and your family? Sitting down with any salesman can be nerve-wracking and uncomfortable, but meeting with a life insurance salesman takes the discomfort to another level entirely.


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Most Common Retirement Questions

September 2, 2016

Answers to Retirement Questions

The financial advisors at Ashton Strobelt have been retirement specialists for a long time. We’re familiar with the intricacies of retirement planning, and we probably already know the questions that keep you up at night.


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Is “Hanging in There” Really Your Best Option?

August 26, 2016

Stock Market Volatility

The stock market is never static. Each day brings new rises and falls, unpredictable to even the most skilled (or luckiest) investors. You’ve heard time and time again that your best option is to “hang in there” when the stock market gets crazy—but is this really your best option?


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Retirement Marathon

August 19, 2016

Retirement Savings

Saving for retirement isn’t easy. It requires endurance, discipline, and consistent goal-setting—just like running a marathon. You probably know that most Americans aren’t training to run a marathon right now. But did you know that, at this moment, 50% of Americans don’t have even one penny saved for retirement?


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Retirement Age Budgeting

August 11, 2016

Retirement Age Spending

Retirement holds many unknowns. You will not be able to accurately predict factors such as inflation, healthcare costs, and rate of return on your investments. However, you have complete control over one factor in your retirement planning: your spending. Many financial advisors will recommend that you have a spending budget for your retirement-but how do you make a budget for retirement when you do not know how much you are going to spend?


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The National Debt Impacts Retirement Age Financial Planning

August 8, 2016

Retiring & National Debts

The American national debt is reaching an all-time high at over 19 trillion dollars. A trillion dollars is nearly impossible to wrap your head around, so try wrapping your head around your individual share. When you divide this massive debt among American citizens (including children), this means that each person owes $60,000.


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Guard Your Wealth

July 29, 2016

Stock Market Changes

Unfortunately, the stock market is unpredictable. No one can truly foresee what ups or downs the stock market roller coaster will bring. Because of the sometimes sharp dips in the market, investors get nervous or feel panicked and will make snap judgments that they may regret later.

A woman talking with her father about a financial plan.

Preparing to Care for Aging Parents

July 21, 2016

Financial Independence

We talk a lot about making arrangements so you can be independent and so you don’t have to rely on your children after you retire. We talk about it because an increasing number of retirees depend on their children for support—both financially and physically.


London a great place to travel when retirement age.

How Does Brexit Impact Retiring?

July 8, 2016

Brexit & Security Finance

It’s hard to miss the panicky headlines about Brexit on the television, on the internet, and in every newspaper for the past couple weeks. “Brexit” is the nickname for Great Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), a politico-economic union of 28 countries. The union was formed after World War II to prevent future wars and provide benefits to the members of the union. The agreements of the union also included bailing out countries with weaker economies, like Greece.