Women Only SeminarsCraig Friedrichsen and Jason Seele, Topeka, KS Financial Advisors

I've talked to a lot of women over the past several years and the message that I've received is that many women would like to have some education seminars with just other women in the room. So in 2014 we are going to do just that! Aother thing women have told us is that they would pefer small groups. So we are going to do that too by having just 12-15 women in most sessions. And finally women have said that based on where they are in life (with work and family), they need to be able to attend the seminars based on their schedule. You will see that we are offering seminas at several different times.

For the first quarter of the year, the main topic will be Estate Planning. Some of the questions we will cover will be related to the 3 D's -- death, divorce and disability. We will also talk about wills and trusts and why you may need one or the other. We know that you may have other qestions regarding estae planning. We invite you to call or email us in advace of the seminars to make sure that your questions are answered. We will also pledge to answer questions that women bring to the sessions.

January 22nd and 23rd will be the first seminars of the year. We plan on having 10 am and 3 pm sessions on both days along with a 5:30 pm sssion on the 23rd for women who cannot attend a seminar during the work day. IMPORTANT: We will only allow a maximum of 15 women during the 10 am and 3 pm seminars. This will be first come - first served. Friends are also welcome. So if you would like to attend with a friend, just make sure you tell us that there will be two people.

The best way to guarantee a spot in one of the seminars is to email:

craig.friedrichsen@ingfp.com or call (785) 408-6571.

We look forward to seeing you there!












'Tis the Season

From Veterans Day to the end of December its a good time to be thankful, to review the past year, and look ahead to the future.

I hope you took some time on Veterans Day to thank a soldier; or remember one who paid the ultimate price protecting freedom around the world. The first Veterans Day (Armistice Day) was in 1919 to celebrate the end of World War I. Little did President Wilson know at the time that wars would be followed by Roman Numerals. At the time it was simply called The Great War.

Thanksgiving Day-- the 4th Thursday of the month in the United States-- traces its roots to harvest celebrations in a lot of countries. You might remember seeing the artist rendering of the Pilgrims sitting down to a feast in 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Although the date of the celebration has bounced around somewhat, the idea has remained the same for nearly the last 400 years. According to statistics from the American Farm Bureau Federation, about 21 million American workers produce, process and sell the country's food and fiber. Although only 2% of Americans live on farms and ranches, the 21 million workers comprise 15% of the workforce. Agriculture remains a hugely important part of the economy -- both here in the midwest -- and across the country.

November and December could be a good time for you to look back on your savings and investment plans for the past year and compare to both the average returns in the market as well as how your investments have done compared to your goals. The U.S. stock market (based on the S&P500) is up more than 30% in the last year. The bond market has not been nearly as positive with interest rates moving up this year in anticipation of changes in the U.S. Federal Reserve bond buyback program. Although the program has not changed yet, people may believe it will happen in 2014.

And finally, this may be a great time to look ahead. Benjamin Franklin said: "people who fail to plan, plan to fail". If you haven't had a plan in the past, or haven't hit your goals you have set out, please give us a call and set up an appointment. Although we can't change the past, we would enjoy talking with you about the future. 'Tis the season!

Topeka Office Number: 785.783.5875





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