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Karen Ketcham | Monty Coen | Brenna Chenoweth

111 West Parmenter
Lamar, CO 81052

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Committed to Serving Our Lamar, Colorado Community

At Core Financial, we understand that individuals, families, and small business owners face many challenges when it comes to managing their money. And, as they look towards retirement - a time when it seems life should be so much easier - they often face incredible confusion and frustration.

Our team can help take the mystery out of preparing for today and tomorrow. We are an independent firm offering comprehensive insurance and financial services. With more than 40 years of combined experience and diverse backgrounds, we are uniquely qualified to help you address both today’s and tomorrow’s concerns. Whether your goal is saving for retirement, building college savings or designing an estate strategy, our personalized service focuses on your needs, wants and financial goals.

Based in Lamar, Colorado, we largely work with clients in our local community and the greater southeast Colorado area. We look forward to working with you through the many stages of your life. We are committed to helping people and are here to stay.

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Donating Art: Taxation Abstraction

The tax rules that govern donating art are complex and confusing. Take a closer look.

The Facts About Income Tax

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What Is a Roth 401(k)?

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The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of

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Variable Universal Life Insurance

Variable Universal Life is permanent insurance in which the policyholder directs how premiums are invested.

Countering Counterfeit Currency

Combating counterfeiting remains core to preserving the integrity of the nation’s money.

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Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

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This calculator estimates your chances of becoming disabled and your potential need for disability insurance.

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This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

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An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

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The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

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Rightsizing for Retirement

What does your home really cost?

Tuning Your Social Security Benefit

When should you take your Social Security benefit?

Events on Wall Street

Can successful investors predict changes in the markets? Some can but others miss the market’s signals.

The Rule of 72

Do you know how long it may take for your investments to double in value? The Rule of 72 is a quick way to figure it out.

The Cycle of Investing

Understanding the cycle of investing may help you avoid easy pitfalls.

Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

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