Cathy M Buchanan

Private Wealth Advisor, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

My Approach I work with a focused group of professionals and business owners that require more complex financial planning. I understand that a financial plan is not just about the numbers, it is about understanding your hopes and dreams for the future and how a financial plan can help you get there. I appreciate that you’ve worked hard to build your financial stability and we’ll work together to ensure your plan is continually working just as hard for you and your dreams. · Customized to your life and goals. · Focused on accumulating, managing and protecting your wealth. · Prepared with strategies that make sense for you. · Tracked and reviewed regularly via an established communication plan. · Updated based on changes in market conditions and your situation. Areas of Focus Retirement Planning Strategies Small Business Tax Planning Strategies Women's Financial Strategies Investments Family Finances Education Planning Insurance Retirement Income Strategies Employee Stock Options Executive Compensation and Benefit Strategies Estate Planning Strategies Charitable Giving I am licensed and registered to conduct business in TX. Based on licenses and registrations I hold, I may also conduct business in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, LA, MI, MT, TN, WA. CA Insurance #0F34609 AR Insurance #2204114 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 Qualifications CFP® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner AAMS® Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM CRPC® Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM CEP® Certified Estate Planner Business Financial Advisor APMA® Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor Awards & Recognition FIVE STAR Wealth Manager1, 2012-2017 Professional Associations Financial Planning Association Community Participation Expanding Your Horizons Feeding America Bel Inizio Grant-A-Starr Foundation National Multiple Sclerosis Society Interests Training to walk half-marathons and triathlons Distance cycling Museums, antiques and antiquities Voracious reader--learning never ends 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 for more important disclosures and information.

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Graduation season is here. After the party’s over, bring your graduate in for a conversation about their financial future. The future is brightest for those who set financial goals at an early age.

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The trade dispute between the U.S. and China remains the elephant in the room for investors, according to Ameriprise Chief Market Strategist David Joy. The latest escalation in the size and scope of tariffs reduces the likelihood that an agreement between the U.S. and China will be reached anytime soon.

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Earnings and Economic Data Become Increasingly Influential | Ameriprise Newsroom

While earnings had investors feeling optimistic last week, the celebratory mood may be premature, according to Ameriprise chief market strategist David Joy. Stocks rose for the second straight week to begin the second quarter, although the gains were more muted.

[04/15/19]   Today is the deadline to file your 2018 tax return. If you expect a refund, let’s talk about how you can put it to work toward achieving your goals.

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