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Mortgage Question: Is it Better to Have a Bigger or Smaller Down Payment?

Mortgage loans have been a hot topic in the financial world lately, which is why our last few articles on the Illumination Wealth Blog have been focused on this timely subject. In this particular article, we will actually be talking… Read Now >>

Smart Ways of Giving Financial Gifts to Kids or Grandkids

December 18, 2019

Gift giving is a natural part of the holiday season. You want to give your kids and grandkids meaningful gifts. Beyond just toys and trinkets, you may want to give them significant financial gifts, whether it’s in the form of… Read Now >>


Why You Should Avoid Market Predictions for 2020

December 11, 2019

2020 is getting closer and it’s almost impossible to avoid hearing “expert” predictions for the stock market and our economy as a whole. If you are plugged into the investment scene at all, then there’s no doubt you’ve already heard… Read Now >>


What is a Donor-Advised Fund and Why Consider it?

December 4, 2019

Many people are looking to increase their charitable contributions this time of year. It can make a big difference in your taxes, but it also just makes you feel good to give back. When you have the means to support… Read Now >>


Buyer Beware! Don’t Overspend Just Because of Discounts.

November 27, 2019

First of all, we want to wish everyone out there a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are very grateful to everyone who is part of the extended Illumination Wealth family! With Thanksgiving weekend, however, also come the biggest consumer “holidays” of… Read Now >>


Evaluating Your Employee Benefits for 2020

November 20, 2019

As the year draws to an end, employers will begin rolling out new and revised employee benefit plans. Even if nothing changes, this is time for you as an employee to make important decisions to maximize what you get out… Read Now >>




How to Positively Teach Your Kids About Money, Part 2

October 30, 2019

Last week, we featured Part 1 of this article about ways you can teach your kids about money and help them develop a better understanding of personal finances at an early age. In that article, we covered some lessons you… Read Now >>


How to Positively Teach Your Kids About Money, Part 1

October 23, 2019

We’ve been getting a lot of great response from our recent articles about financial therapy. A couple weeks ago, we talked about ways you can improve your own personal relationship with money. This week, we want to focus on how… Read Now >>


How Financial Therapy Can Provide Returns Beyond Investing

October 16, 2019

By Kathleen Boyd, CFP®, CFT-I™ Candidate Who do you talk to when you feel debilitating fear about running out of money or even panic, depression, or anger about never having enough money? Many people have procured the services of a… Read Now >>