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Helpful Resources for COVID-19 Relief and the CARES Act

It seems like things are changing every day with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic affecting the stock market, a majority of business industries and millions of American workers. We don’t know how long these widespread shutdowns will last, or how long… Read Now >>

Illumination’s January 2016 Insights for the New Year

January 11, 2016

A lot happened in 2015 in all of our financial lives: career changes, retirement, new children, marriage, new homes. Beyond that, the U.S. stock market experienced a correction which we haven’t seen in a while, and the Fed increased interest… Read Now >>

The American Dream January 2nd, 2016

January 5, 2016

Matt Rinkey was on Craig Sewing’s the American Dream to talk about how to the recent Federal Reserve Board interest rate hike may affect your portfolio and overall financial life. Matt discusses how the pace of interest rates hikes affect the… Read Now >>

December 2015: Reward Yourself

December 9, 2015

Did you get all of your gift shopping done on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and what some retailers are now calling Cyber Week? We thought we should wait until all of the sales e-mails were cleared out of your inbox… Read Now >>

2015 Year End Financial Challenge

December 8, 2015

2015 is drawing to a close. Have you done everything you can to maximize your financial life this year? Why not take our Year End Financial Challenge. For each day until the end of the year, we’ve provided an action… Read Now >>

Want to reach your goals? Pretend you’re a dog.

December 2, 2015

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year, celebrate your accomplishments, and consider changes for next year. This practice applies not just to your personal or professional life, but also… Read Now >>

The Craig Sewing Show – Nov. 17, 2015

November 18, 2015

Here’s my Nov. 17, 2015 appearance on The Craig Sewing show discussing how global unrest and the possible Fed rate hike may impact the financial markets and your financial plan.

November 2015: Scary Money

November 4, 2015

Hello All, Let’s face it, investing can be scary. But what’s scarier is ignoring your fears about investing or not investing at all. The real risk in your financial future is not fluctuations in the financial markets, but not reaching… Read Now >>

When It Comes to Investing, You Get What You Don’t Pay For

November 4, 2015

I bet you’ve heard the phrase “You get what you pay for.” For many of the things we buy, a lower cost is typically associated with lower quality. So if we want the best of something, we believe we have… Read Now >>

Challenged Athletes Foundation Spinathon Fundraiser

October 29, 2015

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that Matt was going to be riding a stationary bike to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Well, Matt and his wife Lindy were part of a team that raised over $175,000 for this organization! Thanks… Read Now >>

The Best Gift I Ever Received…And You Can Get It (or Give It) Too!

October 20, 2015

I celebrated my daughter’s first birthday this past weekend. Opening her gifts really got me thinking about the gifts we give and the impact that gifts can have on one’s financial life. Far too many gifts that we give provide… Read Now >>