When Markets Hover

When Markets Hover

By Bob Barber, CWS® If you’re starting to get impatient with how the markets seem to be in a flat trading range since January, you may not realize that it’s normal many times for markets to hover around a certain range for extended periods of time every few years. Then unexpectedly, without notice, they will [...]
Micro Changes Add Up

Micro Changes Add Up

By Mary Jo Lyons, CFP® Are you working on trying to get your financial life on track? To improve your financial fitness? Here are 10 micro changes you can make now that will add up over time. Most of these you won’t even feel. Most of these you already know but just aren’t executing on. [...]
Tax Season is Over…or is it?

Tax Season is Over…or is it?

For many Americans, the annual April tax filing deadline marks the end of tax discussions for the year. But that could be a mistake, especially in 2018. That’s because recent changes to the tax law under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 underscore the importance of ongoing planning to avoid surprises and take [...]
Financial Independence

Financial Independence

How Much is Enough? By Mary Jo Lyons, CFP® In the month of July, we come together as a nation to celebrate our country’s independence. In keeping with that theme, I couldn’t help but think about what it means to truly be independent. To me that implies financial independence. Financial independence can mean many different [...]
Wealth Management: What Does it Really Mean?

Wealth Management: What Does it Really Mean?

By Mary Jo Lyons, CFP® Clients often ask us “Exactly what is Wealth Management?”. Most don’t think of themselves as having wealth. Wealth Management is a concept advisors use to articulate the financial principles and strategies they use as they work with clients. Wealth management is a discipline that incorporates financial planning, investment management, tax [...]
Tax Updates and Information

Tax Updates and Information

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 ushered in a broad range of changes impacting virtually all American taxpayers. Along with rate adjustments across seven tax brackets, one of the biggest changes is the elimination of the personal exemption and the increase in the standard deduction, which has nearly doubled to $12,000 for single [...]
Dollar Cost Averaging

Dollar Cost Averaging

By Mary Jo Lyons Last year there was a lot written about dollar cost averaging, an old school investment strategy. What I have found is that many investors don’t really understand what it means. So I thought I’d provide an overview in our series on investment basics. What is it? Dollar cost averaging (DCA) is [...]
Investing With Your Values

Investing With Your Values

What Is Values Based Investing? Values based investing integrates Biblical guidelines with an investment portfolio. This method looks for companies to invest in that are making a positive impact on our society, as well as applying screening processes to avoid those that do not. Helping Clients Make Informed Decisions CIS Wealth Management Group provides potential [...]
There’s An App For That!

There’s An App For That!

CIS Wealth Management System Did you realize that you can check your account balances, access important documents and track your complete financial picture through the CIS Wealth Management app on your smart phone or tablet? The CIS app gives you instant access to all this and more from anywhere. If you don’t already have the [...]