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Greg Hammond, CFP®, CPA

Greg Hammond is the chief executive officer of Hammond Iles Wealth Advisors, and co-founder of Planned Giving Strategies®. Greg leads a team of professional financial advisors providing customized wealth management and investment solutions for high-net-worth individuals, families, companies, and charitable organizations across the U.S.

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How to Jumpstart Your Retirement Financial Planning

The idea of retirement can evoke a mix of emotions, including excitement and apprehension. You may be wondering how early you can realistically retire, how much it will cost, and whether you’ll have enough to sustain your lifestyle over the long term. In fact, 60% of Americans say their biggest fear is outliving their retirement savings. Regardless of your age or current stage of life, planning for retirement is essential to securing your financial future. So, how should you get started?

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Is an Independent Financial Advisor Right for You?

An investment broker is the same as a  financial advisor, right? Wrong. If you’re new to the search for a qualified financial expert to help you plan for and manage your money (regardless of your stage in life), you may not be privy to the fact that there are differences between types of financial professionals, and that these distinctions can be very important. Take, for example, the decision over whether to choose an investment broker or an independent financial advisor. You probably didn’t even realize these were two separate options.  

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Family Inventory Workbook

Family Inventory Workbook

Use this free workbook to gather a comprehensive list of all information pertaining to your family’s current financial picture!

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5 Financial Rules Every Woman Should Know

As a parent, if there is one thing I hope I’ve passed on to my daughters—it’s that no matter where you are in life, there are principles which can ultimately determine whether you live with fulfillment or regret. To help you create a clearer path in the right financial direction, here are 5 rules that will help empower every woman—regardless of circumstance or age.

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14 Types of Documents to Gather Before Meeting with a Financial Advisor

You’ve made the proactive decision to seek the professional guidance of a financial advisor who can help you make a plan, manage your accounts, invest your money and gain some real peace of mind. You’re headed in the right direction to achieve your financial goals by taking this important step. With your meeting on the horizon, however, you may be wondering whether you’re fully prepared with all of the necessary financial documentation to have the most productive appointment.

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Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Your mortgage, your loans, your savings, your retirement plan, your investment portfolio, your kids’ college funds, your taxes, your estate – these are all very real pieces of your overall financial picture, and figuring out how they all fit together to create fulfillment and peace of mind can feel like a never-ending exam in mathematics and law. Even if you’re only managing some of these financial components, the burden can contribute to significant stress in your everyday life. Is partnering with a financial advisor the answer?

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financial advisor  |  financial planning

What to Expect Once You Hire a Financial Advisor

You understand the importance of partnering with an experienced, qualified financial advisor to help keep your financial goals on track and gain real clarity over the money matters affecting you and your family. You’ve done the work to research and vet those professionals that share a common philosophy around money management and align with your own principles. Now what?

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