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Investing is a broad topic that encompasses everything from asset allocation to macroeconomic trends. Most investors don't try to master all of these things – they work with a professional who can provide expert guidance. But it's still a good idea to have a solid understanding of investing basics so you can be actively involved in managing your portfolio.

The content in this section touches on some of the most relevant topics, starting with the essentials and progressing to more complex subjects.

Latest Articles

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How To Be Benchmark Savvy

February 15, 2017
Earl King discusses how investors can work with benchmarks to gain a clearer, more realistic picture of their portfolio's results.
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Why Write A Life Purpose Statement?

December 28, 2016
Jackson's Dan Martin introduces three reasons why he believes writing a life purpose statement is worth your time (based on the work of Richard Leider).
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Holiday RetireMath®: Santa and the Tooth Fairy vs. Inflation

December 21, 2016
One of the best ways to understand inflation is through examples, so in the spirit of the season, let's take a look at a few of our favorite holiday icons through the lens of RetireMath®.
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Re-Calibrating Our Success Lens

December 21, 2016
Jackson's Dan Martin discusses a new way of thinking that can help us step outside of the common definitions of happiness and success, and create our own version.
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Financial Knowledge and the Curiosity Gap

December 21, 2016
Dan Martin discusses how the difference between interest and curiosity can have a powerful impact on how we view and implement the pursuit of knowledge.
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MY 5 CENTS: Downsizing in Retirement

October 17, 2016
JNLD Sales Desk Vice President Allison Pearson discusses the importance of creating a shared vision for retirement with your partner, including your housing situation and whether or not to downsize.
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Finances in Relationships - Avoiding the 'Communication Breakdown'

September 21, 2016
Jackson's Dan Martin discusses the importance of making money management a two-way street in any relationship.
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The Advisor Search Handbook: Part I

September 02, 2016
Are you considering working with an advisor? Dan Martin, Managing Editor of the Center for Financial Insight, takes you inside the numbers to help you get started.
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The Advisor Search Handbook: Part II

September 02, 2016
Part II of the Advisor Search Handbook, authored by Jackson's Dan Martin, focuses on a few of the more often overlooked factors to take into account when approaching a relationship with an advisor.
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Embracing the Second Half of Life

September 02, 2016
An article from Jackson's Dan Martin about how to make our second half of life count, inspired by 'Savoring Life through Servant Leadership.'

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