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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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Founder and CEO Dr. Gregory Kasten discussed the effects of COVID-19 on retirement plan litigation. "If you get into a prolonged decline, where it’s quarter after quarter of losing results, and you see a lot of participants losing a lot more money than you thought, you will see litigation from that."

According to our new Chief Revenue Officer Micah DiSalvo, more financial advisers are tailoring their advice to the Millennial and Gen Z workforces. He recently told PLANADVISER, "We’re seeing advisers trying to connect on their terms, whether that’s through technology, social media, education, motivation, it’s all centered around how advisers can connect and transcend that message to Gen Z."

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.

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.

If you read that title and immediately recognized the reference, this article is for you! It's time for us geriatric’s to embrace our 40s-ish and take full control of our financial future to ensure that our nest egg is well prepared to support a retirement lifestyle full of avocado toast, and Instagram-worthy vacations.

It is not every day, heck not even every lifetime, that an opportunity to turn $10,000 into $100,000 in less than a month presents itself. All that needed to be done was scour through posts on WallStreetBets and invest in one of the four distressed, highly shorted companies it targeted. The caveat? You better know when to get out.

Periodically we like to remind readers of the benefits of a Roth IRA and extoll its virtues as a means for building and transferring tax-free wealth. Read Part 1 in our Roth IRA blog series!

Starting a new year inspires us to set new goals and look forward, usually optimistically, to a brighter and more productive future. For many, this includes tackling our overall financial wellness. In honor of #NationalFinancialWellnessMonth, here are a few tips on how to get started on your financial journey.

Financial wellness can be defined in many ways given how encompassing of a concept it is. A simple definition is the ability to have a healthy financial life in the present and in the future. January is National Financial Wellness Month. If you are a plan advisor or plan sponsor, now is a good time to start a conversation with your retirement plan service provider about developing a financial wellness strategy for employees.

Famously, Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by the three notorious ghosts of his past, present and future, in hopes of learning from the error of his ways. So too, investors can look to their own specters to learn the lessons of successful investment planning and management.

“A diversified investment portfolio is like a fruit salad; you need more than just apples and oranges.” As hokey as that sounds there is a cherry pip of truth in it. A well-balanced, globally diverse mix of stocks, bonds and liquidity investments within your accounts guards against concentrated risk and smooths your path for long-term growth.

Sales and specials and limited time offers, oh my! It’s that time of year again when holiday shoppers are gearing up for the big gift giving season. Given the special circumstances we face today, traditional shopping and spending is so 2019.

As we approach year end, the holiday season provides a time for us to reflect on our health and happiness and make charitable gifts for those less fortunate. On this Giving Tuesday, I could not think of a better time to do so! While personal financial situations vary, luckily there are several strategies we can use to give charitably that benefits both sides.

As we approach the end of 2020, we can, with a slight sigh of relief, put the tumultuous year behind us and dare to look ahead.  The holiday season and the prospect of a new year tend to bring a renewed sense of energy and hope.  And I think we can all use a healthy dose of that these days! 

Social Security. We pay into it but we’re constantly questioning if we’ll ever see that money when we need it. I was recently interviewed by PLANSPONSOR about how "Social Security Burdens Fall on Younger Workers" and it got me thinking. What are we young savers to do?

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.

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