Retirement Resources

Merit is here to serve as a resource to you. Our goal is to help educate you to understand the necessary steps to make the best decision for you and your family.

How to Find a Financial Advisor Who is Truly Client Centric

How to Find a Financial Advisor Who is Truly Client-Centric

Written by: Joe Cilley, CFP®, Regional Director of Financial Planning Recently I saw an online profile of an advisor claiming to be “the easiest advisor...
Wealth Planning for Age 90, 100, and Beyond

Wealth Planning for Age 90, 100 – and Beyond

Thanks to medical technology advances, we’re living longer and in better health than ever. Some experts—like Harvard University Professor of Genetics David Sinclair, author of...
Social Security Guide

Social Security Guide

Written by: Tony Pitzer, CFP®, Partner, Wealth Manager If you’re at the beginning or middle of your working career, you may not have given much...
Financial Planning Checklist

Financial Planning Checklist: 8 Essential Components

Written by Andy Lubben, Regional Director | Partner We all know how important financial planning is. A financial plan acts as a guide as you...
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Making Financial Resolutions For the New Year

Written by: Stephen Frick, Wealth Manager & Partner While making New Year’s resolutions is a fun tradition that comes back around at the end of...
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8 Year-End Financial Planning Tips

Decisions are best made with a little time for reflection, good information, and advice from experienced professionals and those with opinions you value. These final...
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Making Sense of Medicare and Planning for a Healthy Retirement

Written by: Scott Crowe, Wealth Manager & Partner Planning for retirement calls for individuals to clarify their vision regarding future lifestyles and activities. With the...
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Why Insurance Should Be the Basis of a Strong Risk Mitigation Strategy

Written By: Jennifer Cox Mann, Relationship Manager & Insurance Coordinator While risk mitigation may not have seemed as necessary when you were in your 20s,...
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How a Practical Risk Evaluation May Improve Your Investment Portfolio

Building your wealth is a constant balancing act between adopting new growth opportunities and hedging your portfolio against risk. You want to get the best...
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15 Best States to Retire in a Tax-Efficient Way

Even if you have substantial savings that will see you through your retirement years, you still need to make sure you are getting the most...
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Afraid of Outliving Your Retirement Savings? Here Is What You Need to Know

Written By: Brad Cast Outliving your retirement savings is a concern that many retirees face. You spent your entire working life saving so that you...
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Four Important Steps to Preparing Your Young Adult Children for Financial Independence

Written By: Zac Beckerley, Wealth Manager | Partner From budgeting and saving to determining the appropriate investment strategy, there is a lot for young adults...

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