May 2020 Newsletter

Wisdom From The Basketball Court

I don't know about you, but it really put a dent in my spring plans this year when March Madness was canceled. I love watching the games, and even though I know the cancellation was in the best interests of the players and fans, it still bummed me out to have…

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The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Home In A 55-Plus Community

Depending on your wants and needs, buying a home in a 55-plus community might be a financially savvy way to set yourself up for retirement. But is it the right decision for you? Here are a few financial pros and cons associated with moving into ...

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Bird-Watching For Beginners

Bird-watching is like a lifelong scavenger hunt that you can play anywhere on Earth. The activity provides a mixture of science, travel, and beauty, and it's a chance to get outside for feathered adventures and quiet reflection. The month of May is a great…

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April 2020 Newsletter

Remembering Clinton And His Chicky

Easter is coming up this month, and that means it's time to start planning a family dinner with my brothers and sister. Now that our kids are grown up, we make it a point to get together every Easter and share good food and laughter at the same table. It's a…

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Ready To Take Up The Nomadic Lifestyle After Retirement?

You've worked hard for years to arrive at this moment: retirement. Now that you're free of your 9-to-5 job, you have a lot more time for activities you enjoy. That extra time is what leads many people to turn to a nomadic lifestyle after retirement. Touring…

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Do Your Part To Keep America Beautiful

Have you ever walked through a park and seen a plastic bottle or wrapper lying on the ground? If so, did you pick it up and properly dispose of it? You might not have realized it, but in that moment, you took a small step toward keeping your community and, by…

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March 2020 Newsletter

Finding Luck In All The Right Places

Do you believe in luck? With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, there's been a lot of talk of luck of the Irish floating around, and I've found myself looking back over my life and wondering, Just how much of that ..

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Retire In Style

Even if you've always planned for a comfortable retirement in the United States, choosing to live internationally could be a smart alternative to improve your standard of living in retirement. International Living Magazine Retirement Index has tracked…

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Another Slice of PI(E)

Break out your calculators and grab your aprons because it's almost Pi Day! This holiday has gained popularity among mathematicians and bakers alike two groups that ...

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February 2020 Newsletter

Thank You, Dr. Dyer

This month, we are hopefully looking forward to an early spring! Anyone who has lived in Wisconsin for a period of time knows the winters can beat you up emotionally and physically. Two years ago, I was taking my dog for a walk and slipped on some black ice…

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Give Love, Get Love

Boosting customer retention by any amount can have a huge impact on your revenue. A study conducted by Bain & Company and reported by the Harvard Business Review found that even a 5% increase in retention can boost revenue by 25%-95%. In short, your ability…

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Leap Into 2020

Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know ...

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January 2020 Newsletter

My Funny Movie Marathon

Every year when the holidays end, I find myself falling into a bit of a new year’s slump. The cheerful Christmas lights disappear, the days are short, and more often than not, it’s cold, dreary, and dark outside. When all that starts to bring me down,…

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Social Security in 2020

If you're in the appropriate age bracket, Social Security may play a major role in your finances. So, it's important to know how Social Security will be changing ...

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Ctrl, Alt, Delete Your Clutter

Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your…

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December Newsletter

Sweet Holiday Memories

From the time I was a skinny kid all the way through adulthood, I stuck to my guns on one thing: No one made better desserts than my mom. Her cakes, pies, and cookies were the hallmarks of my childhood, and I appreciated them more over the years as I realized…

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Don’t Get Lost In The Bustle

If you haven’t capitalized on the holiday season for your business’s marketing campaign yet, don’t worry, because you still have time! Even if you’re still a long sleigh ride away from finishing your own holiday to-do list, you can ensure your business…

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Delegate To Elevate

Poor delegation is the Achilles’ heel of most leaders, who often confuse being “involved” with being “essential.” To determine if you’re holding on to work you should delegate out, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) recommends asking this simple question: “If…

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November Newsletter

A Salute To The Mouse

These days Disney is an empire that has made billions and courted controversy, but once upon a time, it was just The Mouse House, home to Mickey and crew and a host of beautifully illustrated cartoons. When I realized that Nov. 18 is Mickey Mouse Day —…

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Get More Bank For Your Buck

Whether you’re banking with a credit union or a national giant, your financial institution likely offers more resources, account options, and saving plans than you’re using — or even ...

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Celebrating Giving Tuesday

November is usually all about Thanksgiving, but it isn’t the only holiday that encourages generosity. Giving Tuesday is a phenomenal celebration in which millions of people from across the globe are inspired to spend 24 hours giving back to ...

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October Newsletter

Goodbye, Golf Season

After spending countless hours nose-to-nose with my computer screen, there’s nothing more revitalizing than stepping out into the fresh air of the golf course. Though the game itself can be frustrating and, at times, cruel and demoralizing, whiling away a few…

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Reignite Your Passion

As entrepreneurs scale their businesses, there is a lot to focus on: hiring the right staff, creating the most effective marketing strategies, and setting up efficient operations. With so much to do, it’s easy to lose sight of your initial vision for your…

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Put Your Best Card Forward

The business card is a nearly ubiquitous way to give your name, position, company, and contact information to potential clients and business partners all over the world. And while the exchange of business cards in the United States does not come with a lot of…

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September Newsletter

Meet Dave Schwartz

I first met Dave Schwartz in 1999 when I was just starting to learn the tools of the tax trade at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He was a guest lecturer there — Professor Schwartz to me — and when I walked into his Tax 101 class that fall, I had……

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Finding Fulfillment In Your Golden Years

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, upward of 40% of people aged 55 and older are continuing to work past the normal retirement age. There are a number of reasons why people are choosing to stay employed, with one of the biggest being a lack of…

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The 4-Legged Heroes Of Ground Zero

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the…

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August Newsletter

From Golf, To Trucking, To Taxes

Though I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, just a few miles from where Francetic Tax Resolution now operates, my journey to becoming the entrepreneur I am today took me far from home. It all started with a trip to San Jose, California, after my high…

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File Your Tax Return No Matter What

If you're familiar with the stomach-churning realization that you owe the government a significant amount for taxes this year, you're not alone. We've all been there at some point. But even if the amount you owe is intimidatingly large, take this piece of…

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School’s Back!

As you load up the family for some final summertime adventures, preparing for the upcoming school year is likely one of the last things on your mind. Instead of shopping for school supplies, your main focus might be finding the best place to position your…

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