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How to Buy a Car Without Losing Your Mind (or Your Wallet)

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How to Buy a Car Without Losing Your Mind (or Your Wallet)

Having to buy a car is like having a sliver stuck under my fingernail. It’s painful and annoying, I know I have to deal with it, but it’s going to take forever. Might as well pack a lunch too, because the second you decide you want to test drive something they have you trapped.

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Why You Need a Will (and You Need One Today)

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Why You Need a Will (and You Need One Today)

Who wants to spend an afternoon thinking about their mortality? No one, which is why more than half of Americans don’t even have a will. The foundation of your estate plan is a Last Will and Testament. Without a will, you are leaving the disposition of your assets and the guardianship of your minor children to a court.

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5 Reasons to Think About Long-Term Care Planning Today

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5 Reasons to Think About Long-Term Care Planning Today

I once received an email from a family friend about long-term care insurance. He was frustrated over a premium increase – which wasn’t the first rate hike – yet, he was still thankful for the policy. Despite the rising cost, he knew the importance of long-term care insurance in helping protect himself and his family.

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Live Your Life

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Live Your Life

Live Your Life. This is the mission of the Thigpen Group…to partner with a select group of clients in a long-term advisory relationship, focused on their dreams, goals, and aspirations.

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Retirement Planning: What Are You Waiting For?

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Retirement Planning: What Are You Waiting For?

Almost half of households near retirement have nothing saved, and that’s a big problem. I believe the biggest headwind is merely getting started: saving money is hard to do. Life is filled with unpredictable events. Children, healthcare expenses and student debt exact a large toll on many Americans.

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THE S&P AND ME | PART 4

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THE S&P AND ME | PART 4

Why did I choose this profession? When I started college in 1983, the S&P 500 index was hovering around 150. So was the heat index in Mississippi that summer. At least it felt that way. I had made my decision to go to MS State University. I choose a general business major by the process of elimination.

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Future Funding of Social Security Is A Pivotal Piece To Retirement Security

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Future Funding of Social Security Is A Pivotal Piece To Retirement Security

You’ve probably heard of the three-legged retirement savings “stool.” The idea is that a quality savings plan for retirement starts with having three aspects of saving: personal savings, employer retirement savings and government-provided benefits.

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THE S&P AND ME | PART 3

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THE S&P AND ME | PART 3

How and why did I become a CFP®? The S&P 500 was around 150 when I graduated from high school in 1983. It was about 250 when I graduated from college in 1987. And, it was in the neighborhood of 350 when I left a “Big Eight” accounting firm to join a Wall Street investment firm in 1991. I had a leather briefcase, a few suits, a pregnant wife, and no guaranteed paycheck.

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THE S&P AND ME | Part 2

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THE S&P AND ME | Part 2

I didn’t know or care much about the S&P 500 Index in my late teens and early twenties. The first time I heard about a stock market crash was as an avid Alabama country music fan as I sang along to those formidable lyrics, “Somebody told us Wall Street fell, we were so poor we couldn’t tell.” I resembled those lyrics. In those days, I was saving up every penny I made to buy Kimberly an engagement ring.

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Took Their Ball and Went Home: Staying in Play with Job-Creators

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Took Their Ball and Went Home: Staying in Play with Job-Creators

Valentine’s Day was tough on New Yorkers who hoped to benefit from the more than 20,000 new jobs from Amazon’s move there (not to mention all the additional jobs from construction and supporting the new employees).

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