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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Our entire staff has now been vaccinated for COVID-19, and we are happy to announce that our offices are open for in-person meetings. Increased cleaning procedures are in place, and office surfaces will continue to be sanitized by our...

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

I love St. Louis. I grew up here and developed an interest in local government around the dinner table listening to my father, who preceded me on the Board of Aldermen. After my time as the longest-serving alderman in St. Louis,...

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

During Financial Literacy Month, financial institutions, nonprofits, and human service agencies increase their focus on the importance of financial literacy through events, programs, and counseling. The goal goes beyond helping...

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

We were saddened to hear that Edward J. “Ted” Koplar, a former chief executive officer of KPLR (Channel 11) and longtime entrepreneur, died Sunday at his home in Ladue. He was 77. In 2005, Mr. Koplar and one of his sons,...

 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Less than one month ahead of the traditional date, the I.R.S. has delayed the deadline for filing and paying taxes. The new deadline is May 17, 2021.1,2,3 The delay follows continued disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic and a late...

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Where do you begin your journey to financial independence? The beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to start. 2020 is behind us, and 2021 awaits, brimming with new possibilities. Your new beginning starts with a good look...

 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

While you’re building your retirement income plan, don’t forget to include a plan for taxes. The way you draw down money from retirement accounts, including a 401(k) and IRA, and even how you claim Social Security, can make...

 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Financial planning isn’t just about the numbers, it’s about your life. But it can be difficult to know where to start and how to create a plan that reflects your values, personality, goals, and circumstances. At West End...

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

With a world of information at our fingertips, we can find reviews, product specifications, and more details than we’ll ever need about anything we want to buy. In other words, before making a major purchase, we can arm ourselves...

 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Deciding when to take Social Security retirement benefits may be one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in retirement. Though you can start benefits as early as age 62, your benefit will increase every year you delay,...

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

We all come into our careers in different ways. Some of us have a clear vision of what we want to do and check the boxes to make it happen. Others stumble into their careers by chance or through an unexpected opportunity. My story...