Jim Maresca

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Your Financial Future

Today’s economic environment presents many challenges. But along with these challenges comes opportunities and potential rewards for those who can identify long-term trends.

Whether you’re facing retirement—or looking to better understand certain investment ideas—we can help you address your money questions.

Our first priority is your peace of mind. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone  of our success.

Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, presentations, and calculators designed to help you learn more about the world of personal finance. As you search my website, send me a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We'll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer. You don't need to feel you have any obligation.  I am happy to help regardless of whether or not it leads to business for our firm.

Helpful Content

Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor

Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor

Affluent investors face unique challenges when putting together an investment strategy. Make sure you keep these in mind.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?


The Ivory Tower Changes Wall Street

Thanks to the work of three economists, we have a better understanding of what determines an asset’s price.

Understanding Homeowner’s Insurance

Purchasing homeowners insurance is critical for protecting your home.

Earnings for All Seasons

Earnings season can move markets. What is it and why is it important?

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

Yours, Mine and Ours: Estate Strategies for Second Marriages

Second marriages are a trigger event to revisit any existing estate strategies.

Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

A change in your mindset during retirement may drive changes to your portfolio.

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What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

Paying Off a Credit Card

Enter various payment options and determine how long it may take to pay off a credit card.

Comparing Investments

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

Impact of Taxes and Inflation

Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.

What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

Long-Term-Care Needs

Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

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Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

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

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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

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Extended Care: A Patchwork of Possibilities

What is your plan for health care during retirement?

Global and International Funds

Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?

The Good Ship IPO

The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

The Power of Tax-Deferred Growth

Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular?

Making Your Tax Bracket Work

Have you explored all your options when it comes to managing your taxable income?

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