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Thursday, September 30, 2021

The marathon to retirement has been long and challenging, but you’ve finally got the finish line in your sights! You didn’t reach this milestone without decades of hard work, calculating, strategizing, and saving, and...

Friday, September 24, 2021

I don’t think any of us have come out of the past year and a half without some significant “aha” moments or a new perspective on life. Pivotal moments and major upheavals tend to have that effect on us! As I have...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

DTE Energy employees have access to a robust benefits package. Many people do not know all the benefits available to them, or how to identify the best options. It’s the time of year again to select your DTE (or other) workplace...

Monday, August 30, 2021

Although much of life feels uncertain right now, the last thing you want to feel unsure about is your retirement savings. But when you think of things that could wipe out your nest egg, like market turmoil, a personal tragedy, or a...

Friday, August 27, 2021

It’s been a little over 10 months since the passing of my wife, Heather. Shortly after she passed, I honestly believed I would be able to write an article such as this, espousing the newfound perspective and knowledge I had...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

As nice as it would be, it’s impossible to live a life without mistakes. Thankfully, most mistakes are minor, don’t cause much regret, and give us an opportunity to learn. But financial mistakes? They’re in another...

Thursday, July 22, 2021

If you ask Google: “How much money do I need to retire?” you’ll get over 100 million results. Of course, this is an incredibly important question to consider as you plan and save for retirement, but you’ll also...

Friday, June 18, 2021

From the events of 2020 and 2021, many of us have learned the hard lesson that we can never, ever predict the future. Disaster of any nature can strike at any time and we may never be able to truly prepare for every future possibility....

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A question that sometimes comes up during retirement planning is whether it makes sense to take a pension as a lump sum or an annuity payment. Many of my clients are employees of DTE Energy, and some current DTE employees originally...

Friday, May 21, 2021

An oft-overlooked, yet headache-inducing transition to retirement is the Medicare plan. Medicare offers a variety of enrollment options. These options give you the flexibility to choose components of the plan that you need, but they...

Thursday, April 22, 2021

One factor that sets me apart from other financial planners is my extensive experience and familiarity with the retirement plans offered through DTE, including plans carried over from MCN Energy. I have worked with hundreds of DTE...

Friday, April 9, 2021

It’s no secret that Americans seem to have a love affair with debt. At the time this is being written, the personal debt of U.S. citizens is an average of $64,145 per person. Secured debt like auto loans, mortgages, and rental...

Friday, March 26, 2021

The MCN Energy severance package was designed to equalize the retirement benefits between MCN and DTE Energy employees. Under the old MCN Traditional Pension Plan (TPP), employees are penalized for retiring before age 62, whereas the...

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

For many people, finances are a major cause of stress. It’s hard to find the time and resources to build and manage your wealth confidently. It can be even harder to know how to integrate your family’s values, financial...

Friday, February 12, 2021

At the Center for Wealth Management, we have worked tirelessly over the years to help employees of DTE Energy transition seamlessly into retirement. Below are a few case studies of actual clients who wanted to retire early and needed...

Monday, February 1, 2021

It’s no secret that for most Americans these days, Social Security is a significant retirement asset. Born out of the Great Depression as a retirement safety net, these days a record high of around 180 million people are working...

Friday, January 29, 2021

It can be hard enough to manage your finances when your circumstances are relatively simple, let alone when you have extra decisions due to your career. When you need help, how do you know who to turn to? Who can you rely on to...

Monday, January 11, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be remembered in the history books—for a couple of reasons. First, while Congress met to count the inaugural votes, we anticipated that members from both houses would be objecting to electors from...

Thursday, January 7, 2021

For many of us, we grow up learning what we are good at and what we enjoy doing with our time. If we’re lucky, our skills and passions line up and we have the privilege of having a fulfilling career. That’s exactly how I...

Thursday, January 7, 2021

I’m often asked, as I’m sure many others are as well, why I chose to do what I do for a living. The question itself feels cliché, and I absolutely cringe when I hear it. I know there are some people that, when asked...

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Outlook 2021: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed Presented by Center for Wealth Management As we approach the beginning of a new year and consider what it may bring, it’s helpful to reflect on the one now behind us. After...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

As a DTE Energy employee, are you utilizing the 401(k) plan? There are some key advantages of leveraging the 401(k) to save for your retirement. The IRS increased deferral limits for 2021, allowing you to defer even more than last year...

Monday, December 14, 2020

You’ve worked hard your entire life, and now you are so close to retirement you can taste it. You’re thinking of retiring early. Good for you for being diligent and committed to saving for your retirement future....