Personal & Financial Strategies
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2017 Guide to Professional Services Providers

When it comes to selecting a financial professional, bank, attorney or insurance company, relationships matter. We’ve found some of the region’s top providers, who pride themselves on building trust.

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Life Insurance and Your Financial Plan

Nobody likes to think about death, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Michael Hibbard, of Alpine Bank in Rockford, explains how life insurance can help your family.






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Rebalance Your Investment Portfolio

COUNTRY Financial representative Steve Blachford shares three tips to help you maintain the value of your investment holdings.






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How Important is Timing?

Timing a purchase as big as your home can have long-term effects. Jonathan Krause, of Gambino Realtors in Rockford, shares how timing might impact your next real estate transaction.






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What Golf Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

The game of golf isn’t so dissimilar from planning your retirement. Discover some important strategies that can help you to keep your own plans on par.