Cody G. Mares CFP, MSFS, APMA

Financial Advisor & CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Taxpayers often miss opportunities to make tax-smart moves. The decisions you make now about retirement plans, education accounts and charitable and other gifts can benefit you later. Contact me about finding strategies to help you manage your taxes now and in retirement. Areas of Focus -Investments -Retirement Income Strategies -Retirement Planning Strategies Qualifications CFP® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM CFS® Certified Fund Specialist I am licensed and registered to conduct business in WI. Based on licenses and registrations I hold, I may also conduct business in IL, MN, CO, CA, FL, AZ, MI, SD, IN. Working Together: Meeting with an Ameriprise financial advisor is an important first step. It's an opportunity to get to know an advisor and share your goals and dreams. You're under no obligation; your initial meeting with an Ameriprise financial advisor will be relaxed and informal. Your meeting will include a review of your existing financial situation and potential opportunities, gaps or general strategies. While you won't receive a comprehensive review or financial planning services for which fees are charged, you should expect to get a sense of what it might be like to work together. What to expect: Professional help in clarifying your financial goals and priorities If you decide to purchase a financial planning service, you will receive sound financial advice at a fair price, tailored to your investment objectives Accurate information about our tailored solutions, including risks, benefits and costs What to bring: A list of any questions you have regarding your current financial situation Any account statements, budget information or other areas of your financial life that you feel deserve immediate attention A list of future dreams and financial goals you would like to achieve, including both short- and long-term goals Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services® Advisors Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services Advisors are experienced in helping clients achieve their goals. They hold industry recognized financial planning credentials and maintain a high level of client satisfaction. They recognize that as a client’s assets grow, their finances can become more complex and require greater attention and expertise. Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services advisors help clients balance growth and protection through a personalized financial planning approach. Ameriprise Financial provides these advisors prioritized service and a network of expert resources to consult on complex client needs. SEE IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES: Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is a broker-dealer and member of FINRA. Comments and "likes" should not be considered representative of client experiences, or indicative of future performance or success. While I appreciate the support of my clients, I cannot accept Recommendations or Endorsements due to Investment Advisers Act of 1940 rules which prohibit me from publishing a testimonial of any kind concerning the investment advice, analysis, reporting or other services I provide. For your privacy, please don’t post account or service-related information on this page. Instead, contact me directly. Please visit www.ameriprise.com/social for more important disclosures and information

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Dow stock swings are exhausting, but here's how to survive

While market swings can be concerning, it’s important to keep things in perspective. If you have concerns about the impact of volatility on your finances, let’s talk.

usatoday.com Massive intraday swings in the Dow Jones industrial average can test even the steeliest investor. What you need is a little perspective.

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Four things to consider when picking funds in a 401(k) plan

Experts are saying you should see an advisor to help you determine how to select 401(k) funds appropriate for you.

usatoday.com Here are guidelines for evaluating and picking funds from a 401(k) plan run by your employer.

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Money moves to make now before your new baby arrives

If you’re expecting a baby in 2019, learn what you can do now to help ensure you are financially prepared.

cnbc.com If you're hoping to grow your family next year, take these four key steps now to prepare.

Most respondents in our Ages, Stages & Money study have had financial setbacks — and most have recovered. At any age or life stage, working with an advisor can help you feel more confident in your financial journey.

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After Powell comments, traders see just one rate hike next year

Learn how markets are reacting to the Fed chairman’s recent comments on rate levels.

cnbc.com Stocks surge and bonds sell off in a powerful move after market pros took Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's comment to mean the Fed is nearing an end of its rate-hiking cycle. 

What you leave behind for others speaks volumes about what matters to you. Let’s talk about protecting what you leave behind – no matter what happens in the market.

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Are you putting retirement plans on hold? What that means for your Medicare eligibility

By 2024 there will be 13 million individuals age 65 and older in the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn what that could mean for Medicare eligibility.

cnbc.com A growing number of older adults expect to continue punching in at the office well after they've hit 65. That could have some impact on your Medicare planning. Here's what you should know.

It’s National Retirement Security Week. No matter how far off it may seem, it’s never too early to start saving for your retirement.

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Here's When To Book Your Holiday Vacations For The Cheapest Airfare

Have you made your holiday travel plans yet? Learn when to book your flight to find the best deal.

forbes.com Google Flights and Kayak crunched the numbers for cheap airfare this holiday season 2018.

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From investing to debt to budgeting, 19 financial mistakes millennials should avoid

Young people have the benefit of time when it comes to money matters. Learn the pitfalls to avoid as you begin your financial journey.

usatoday.com The money moves you make when you're young are going to set the stage for future financial success, or make it harder for you to achieve your dreams.

Ameriprise Research: The record bull run – are we near the end? Only time will tell. In our view, the U.S. economy is still in pretty good shape. Our evidence: corporate profits are at an all-time high while consumer financial obligations remain low.

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Aretha Franklin didn't have a will, but you should: How to get one

The loss of a music icon serves as an important reminder: When was the last time you thought about your will?

usatoday.com Aretha Franklin, who had been battling pancreatic cancer for some time, died without a will or trust, according to court filings.

[08/06/18]   Do you have a child or grandchild gearing up for college in the fall? Now is a good time to help them develop a plan and budget for their income and expenses. I can help you talk to your college student about their finances.

What advice would you share with someone just starting out, or making a late career change by opening their own business?

[07/26/18]   Teens learn many money management skills from their parents. How are you helping your teens learn to manage their finances?

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Required minimum distributions (RMDs)

At age 70½, federal law requires people to withdraw a minimum amount from most retirement savings accounts on an annual basis. These mandatory withdrawals are called required minimum distributions. Here’s what you and your loved ones should know.

ameriprise.com Learn when you can start taking RMDs, when you are required to take them, tips on how much to withdraw each year, and more.

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Poll: What's the biggest threat to your potential inheritance? Family squabbles

Start the estate planning conversation now to help avoid conflict down the road.

usatoday.com Attorneys, accountants point to family conflict as the biggest threat to estate planning. Tax reform and market volatility follow, respectively. Even with the estate tax exemption at $11.2 million per person, business owners and wealthy families need to head off drama.

Some of the best adventures happen closer to home. What plans do you have for creating summer memories for less?

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It's a seller's market

Before you sell your home this summer, let’s talk about how selling fits into your financial strategy.

money.cnn.com Homeowners who sold their home in the first three months of this year saw an average price gain of $44,000 from purchase, according to a new report.

College majors figure big in earnings

College majors figure big in earnings

This list may be an eye opener for your college-bound kid.

College majors figure big in earnings What you study can make all the difference in your future income

Obamacare 2.0: What you need to know

Obamacare 2.0: What you need to know

With open enrollment about to begin for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans, here are answers to your 7 biggest questions.

Obamacare 2.0: What you need to know Starting Nov. 15, you can enroll or re-enroll for coverage

Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015

Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015

Those of you receiving Social Security next year are in store for a small cost-of-living raise.

Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015 That translates to an additional $20 each month

What $100 is actually worth in your state

What $100 is actually worth in your state

Money goes further in some places than others. Find out how our state stacks up.

What $100 is actually worth in your state Want more bang for your buck? Here’s where to go

[08/25/14]   August 28 is Women’s Equality Day. What do you think will be the next glass ceiling to be broken?

Mortgage rates hit 2014 low

Mortgage rates hit 2014 low

Planning to buy a home soon? This fall may be an optimal time to do so.

Mortgage rates hit 2014 low The average rate for a 30-year loan now stands at 4.1%

Five forecasts for the future of the economy | Ameriprise Financial

Five forecasts for the future of the economy | Ameriprise Financial

Employment is finally back to rates unseen since before the Great Recession. Read this article to find out what could be next for the economy.

Five forecasts for the future of the economy | Ameriprise Financial Learn what Ameriprise Financial Senior Economist Russell Price sees coming in the next decade and how those effects may affect your retirement planning.

Best-loved cars in America

Best-loved cars in America

A car is one of the biggest purchases you can make. Which of these is on your wish list?

Best-loved cars in America These cars and trucks topped J.D. Power’s APEAL survey, which measures how much owners like their new vehicles

How to help your family without blowing your savings

How to help your family without blowing your savings

Feeling the financial pinch of helping your folks as well as your kids? This piece offers some great tips on balancing it all.

How to help your family without blowing your savings Survival of a financial ‘sandwich squeeze’

10 creative ways to celebrate retirement

10 creative ways to celebrate retirement

What fun or interesting things will you do to make your retirement extra special?

10 creative ways to celebrate retirement A traditional party isn’t for you? Some ideas on how to express yourself and fully embrace your new life stage

Brain games that could pay off in retirement

Brain games that could pay off in retirement

The key to keeping your mind sharp as you age? A hobby that challenges but doesn’t frustrate you.

Brain games that could pay off in retirement Some activities and exercises show promise in fighting dementia

Here’s how much your high school grades predict your future salary

Here’s how much your high school grades predict your future salary

Are your kids skeptical about the importance of good grades? Be sure to show them this story.

Here’s how much your high school grades predict your future salary Data reveal a correlation between a strong GPA and higher career earnings

Would an inheritance ruin your kids’ ambition?

Would an inheritance ruin your kids’ ambition?

Your kids and your money – how well will they mix one day? It doesn’t have to be a guessing game.

Would an inheritance ruin your kids’ ambition? Strategies to help ensure your heirs are ready for the privileges – and pitfalls – of sudden wealth

How Your Upbringing Shapes Your Spending Habits | Ameriprise Financial

How Your Upbringing Shapes Your Spending Habits | Ameriprise Financial

We learn about money from a young age. What money lessons have served you well in adulthood?

How Your Upbringing Shapes Your Spending Habits | Ameriprise Financial Experts say how we handle money has a lot to do with how you were raised. Learn if your spending habits were influenced by your family's past.

Turns out millennials are scary smart with their money

Turns out millennials are scary smart with their money

Studies show young people are saving early and often.

Turns out millennials are scary smart with their money This generation is more like their grandparents than their parents

Try the 3-Minute Confident Retirement℠ check | Ameriprise Financial

Try the 3-Minute Confident Retirement℠ check | Ameriprise Financial

A confident retirement can be within reach. Take the 3-Minute Confident Retirement check to see where you stand.

Try the 3-Minute Confident Retirement℠ check | Ameriprise Financial Are you doing everything you can to retire on your own terms? Gauge your retirement readiness with the 3-Minute Confident Retirement℠ check.

[04/18/14]   April 18 is Good Friday. Peace to you on this quiet day of reflection.

Quiz: How would you do on the new SAT?

Quiz: How would you do on the new SAT?

A good score on college entrance exams can mean more scholarships and financial aid. Find out how you’d fare.

Quiz: How would you do on the new SAT? First look at the big test’s big revamp

Here’s the difference between someone who starts s...

Here’s the difference between someone who starts saving at 25 vs. someone who starts at 35

Never underestimate the importance of starting to save early.

Here’s the difference between someone who starts s... Account trajectory of two hypothetical savers

React to the reality, not the image of it

React to the reality, not the image of it

It’s tempting to compare ourselves to others financially. But remember: what we see is often very different from the truth.

React to the reality, not the image of it Stop making assumptions about friends and neighbors; focus only on your “personal” finance

No winners for $1 billion NCAA challenge

No winners for $1 billion NCAA challenge

How’s your bracket going? The odds of getting it 100% right are 9.2 quintillion to 1.

No winners for $1 billion NCAA challenge The Warren Buffett-backed prize for a perfect set of March Madness picks will go unclaimed

Spring cleaning who has access to your data

Spring cleaning who has access to your data

The car and fridge can wait. First, clean out all those online apps collecting info from your social-media accounts.

Spring cleaning who has access to your data Abide by the edict: If you haven’t logged in to an app or site in 6 months, revoke its access

Americans’ collective net worth reaches record $80...

Americans’ collective net worth reaches record $80 trillion

Let’s pat ourselves on the back: Together, we’ve earned back all the wealth – and more – that vanished in the Great Recession.

Americans’ collective net worth reaches record $80... A Federal Reserve report shows we’re all doing better financially than ever before

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What to watch for from Fed meeting

Here’s a look at the big issues being discussed by the Fed today.

scl.bz The taper looms large at outgoing Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s last

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11 key tax changes for 2014

Here’s a great overview of what the tax picture looks like for this year.

scl.bz This year’s changes may be a moving target – stay tuned

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$1 coins: Unwanted, unloved and out of currency

Dollar coins are about as dead as doornails. What's your reason for not liking them?

scl.bz Last year, more $1 coins were returned to the Federal Reserve than were paid out

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