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Mark Pancratz is a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor who helps individuals, families, and business owners achieve financial security.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in February

Please reach out if you’d like to discuss your goals. From filing your taxes to talking money with your partner, here are five ways to help improve your finances in February.

Retiring Abroad: 5 Steps to Take Before You Pack Your Bags

What to know if you’re thinking of spending your retirement overseas. Retiring overseas may help you stretch your retirement nest egg, but you’ll need to weigh these pros and cons first. Here’s what to consider before you retire abroad.

4 Things to Buy in February — And 4 You Should Skip

Here are the real deals you should check out this month. This short month has a lot of big sales — but not all of them are actual deals. Here are 4 things to buy in February and 4 to skip.

How to Find a Job When You're Not Even Looking

A passive job search can help ensure you don’t miss out on opportunities to grow your career. Even if you’re happy in your current position, starting a passive job search couldn’t hurt — you just might find your next dream job.

10 Things You Should Do as You Approach Retirement

As you approach retirement, it’s important to have regular conversations with your advisor. Please reach out if you’d like to talk about your plan. Approaching retirement but still have some questions? These 10 tips can help you start planning for retirement when you’re in your 50s and 60s.

Why Winter Is Actually a Good Time to Buy a House

If you’re thinking of buying a home, let’s talk about how to make this dream happen. Buying a house in winter can work in your favor. Here are 7 reasons why.

How Your Friends Can Help You Reach Your Financial Goals

It’s not always easy, but talking about money with someone else can make a big difference. Money shouldn’t be a taboo subject among friends. Here are 4 ways your friends can provide financial accountability and help you reach your financial goals.

How Safe Are Digital Wallets?

They might be safer than you think. The technology isn’t as popular in the U.S., because, among other concerns, consumers have one big question: How safe are digital wallets?

Winter Getaways the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Let’s talk about budgeting for your next family vacation. Whether you want a real winter wonderland or plan to flock to warmer weather, these are 4 winter getaways the whole family can enjoy.

Is There a Best Time of Year to Retire?

Here are some things to consider if you want to sail into retirement with the wind at your back. As you close in on retirement, you may be wondering if there is a best time of year to retire. Here are a few things to think about as you pinpoint your final day at work.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in January

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to save for a new goal? Let’s talk about how you can help make that happen. While you're thinking about New Year’s resolutions, take some time to get better with your money, too. Here are 5 ways to improve your finances in January.

6 Things to Buy in January — And 4 You Should Skip

Check out these deals if getting fit and becoming a savvier shopper made it on to your resolutions lists. The holiday season isn’t the only time for deals — you’ll also find plenty of discounts this month. Here are 6 things to buy in January and 4 to skip.

How You Can Achieve These 4 Money Resolutions in 2020

If you need a game plan for reaching your financial goals, I can help. Many people start the new year with these 4 financial resolutions, but it can be hard to stay on track. Here’s why these money resolutions typically are hard to keep —but how you can succeed.

5 Financial Resolutions That Will Help You Take Control of Your Money in 2020

These first steps can help you make progress on some big financial goals. Being better with your money may be easier than you think. Our financial New Year’s resolution checklist can help you with these popular financial goals.

Which Assets Belong in a Trust?

Not everything you own belongs in a trust. Here are the ins and outs of setting one up. Setting up a trust puts you in control of your assets while you’re alive and after your death. But which assets belong in a trust? Are there any that don’t?

America the risk-averse

When it comes to big financial decisions, Americans tend to play it safe. Northwestern Mutual's Director of Personal Markets, Emily Holbrook, shares how to be more confident in the financial choices we make. Americans are generally risk-averse and tend to play it safe, especially when it comes to their finances. According to the latest findings from our Planning & Progress Study, three-quarters of Americans (72%) report they are more comfortable reducing risk to ensure the safety and stability of their

What Are the Best Ways to Save for College?

Regardless of your financial situation, there’s a college savings plan that can work for you. It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s tuition. Here are the best ways to save for college.

How to Perform a Year-End Financial Wellness Checkup

These 5 steps can help you make sure your money is ready for whatever life throws your way. A year-end financial wellness checkup can be a great way to ensure your finances are in good shape for 2020. Here are five things you should check in on. 

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How to Recover When Your Holiday Budget Is Blown

You still have time to get your finances back on track. These tips can help. If your holiday budget is blown, there’s no need to panic. These 4 steps can help you get back on track.

5 Ways to Give Kids Meaningful Gifts Without Busting Your Holiday Budget

These tips can help you go from overspending to meaningful giving. Giving your kids meaningful gifts — rather than just many gifts — is a holiday tradition worth exploring. Here are some tips to avoid holiday overspending that won’t shortchange the holiday cheer.

Smart Tax Moves to Consider Before the End of the Year

Please reach out if you’d like to discuss ways to be more tax-efficient with your financial plan. Tax planning shouldn’t wait until April 15. There are smart tax moves you can make before the end of the year that could help lower your tax bill — this tax checklist can help.

How to Be More Charitable Year-Round

If giving is important to you, we can talk about how to make it a part of your financial plan. There’s no need to wait until the end of the year to make donations to your favorite causes. Be more charitable year-round so that giving becomes a habit — these tips can help.

Why This Couple ‘Skipped’ the Holidays to Go on a Dream Vacation

If you want to make a tradition of traveling over the holidays, let’s talk about how you can plan for that. For this woman, trading in pumpkin pie for a tropical drink was the best way to spend Thanksgiving. Here are the 5 reasons she chose to take vacation travel over the holidays.

What Is Gender Lens Investing?

You can invest for growth in a way that also aligns with your principles. We can talk more if you’re interested. Gender lens investing has pulled in more than $1 billion in funds from investors, but what is gender lens investing, and how does it work?

How My Finances Changed After Marriage

Marriage is a major life milestone for you, your partner and your finances. From feeling more secure to making budgeting simpler, here’s how my finances changed after marriage – for the better.

What You Should Know Before Refinancing Your Mortgage

Let’s discuss how refinancing your home could impact your financial plan. Refinancing your mortgage can be a smart financial move, but it doesn’t make sense for everyone. Here’s what to consider before you make the decision.

How to Find and Claim Your Missing Money

Are you owed money? Here’s how to find it. Roughly $58 billion in unclaimed assets are floating around in the U.S. Here’s how to find and claim your missing money or assets.

What You Can Do Now to Jump-start Your Financial Resolutions

If you’ve got big financial resolutions for 2020, let’s talk about how I can help you with them. You don’t have to wait until January to start working on your financial resolutions. Here are practical steps you can take now to help you reach your financial goals next year.

Test Your Credit Score Knowledge With This Quiz

Think you’re a credit expert? Take this quiz to test your credit score knowledge. Think you’re a credit expert? Take this quiz to test your credit score knowledge.

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A Few Things to Consider Before Investing in IPOs

The bigger question you should ask is, “How does this fit into my long-term plan?” Investing in IPOs, like all investments, is risky, and there may be a few unique considerations before investing in a newly public company.

6 Things to Buy in November — And 4 You Should Skip

Being a savvy shopper will help you stick to your holiday plan. With Black Friday falling later in the month this year, retailers are getting a jump on the holiday season with big sales — but not every deal is worth your money. Here are 6 things to buy in November as you prepare your holiday shopping list.

5 Ways to Improve Your Finances in November

The holidays are hectic, but if you have some spare time in the coming weeks these financial moves can set you up for success. In between shopping and holiday gatherings, see if you can carve out some time to improve your finances in November.

Northwestern Mutual To Pay Policyowners Largest Ever, Industry-Leading $6 Billion Dividend Payout - Oct 31, 2019

In 2020, Northwestern Mutual expects the largest dividend payout to policyowners in company history. If you don't know why this is such a HUGE deal, let's talk for a couple minutes. Email me [email protected] and we'll jump on the phone for a few minutes. News Releases News Releases Northwestern Mutual To Pay Policyowners Largest Ever, Industry-Leading $6 Billion Dividend Payout Continues record of annual dividend payout to policyowners every year since 1872 MILWAUKEE, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Northwestern Mutual announced today that its policyo...

How to Maximize Your Savings With DRIP

Here’s why a dividend reinvestment program (DRIP) can be a powerful tool for long-term investors. It’s one strategy that helps you reap the potential benefits of compound interest and dollar-cost averaging. Here’s how to maximize your savings with DRIP.

These are the 9 Financial Things You Should Do Every Year

These are quick and easy, and they can make a big difference for your money. Just like a yearly physical, or maintenance on your car, you need to check in on your finances regularly. This yearly financial checklist can help keep your finances on track.

Should You Get Life Insurance Through Your Employer?

If you’re on the fence about your employer’s offerings, let’s meet and work out a protection plan that suits your needs. Getting life insurance through your employer is convenient, but it may not always be the best option. So, should you get life insurance through your employer? Here are a few things to consider.

4 Fall Vacation Ideas for Families That You Might Not Have Considered, But Should

These are some great suggestions for a fall getaway. Fall is a great time for a family getaway that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking to enjoy a little time off before the holidays, here are 4 great fall vacation ideas for families.

What You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Overspending

Overspending during the holidays doesn’t have to be the norm. These tips can help. Unfortunately, many people go into debt over the holidays. But there are ways to keep your budget under control and avoid holiday overspending — these 4 tips can help.

How to Decide If You Want to Accept a Job Offer

Accepting a job that’s not the right fit could cost you in the long run. Ask these questions before you say “yes.” Getting a job offer is exciting, but it’s important to hit pause to make sure the new role is a good fit. Here's how to decide if you want to accept a job offer.

5 Inexpensive Ways to Learn In-Demand Tech Skills

Certain skills are in such high demand that major companies are offering comprehensive courses for little to no cost. No matter the industry, technology is changing the way we do business, but you don’t need to enroll in college courses to keep up. Here are five ways to learn in-demand tech skills for free.

Are You Making This Major Student Loan Mistake?

It’s a common mistake, but an easy one to avoid. Sometimes, making paying extra on your student loans doesn’t end up as you might expect. Here’s how to avoid this major student loan mistake.

How Learning to Talk About Money Changed My Life

Talking about money is hard, but it can have a huge impact. We’re here to help. For financial advisor Shayne Corriea-Fernandez, having a mentor push her to talk about money changed her whole outlook on what was possible in life. Here are the lessons she learned, and how she’s passing them onto her own children.

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