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Welcome to Morton & Associates

As a Certified Financial Planner™ with H.D. Vest Advisory Services, Joanne Morton crafts comprehensive financial plans for clients based on their individual goals and values. Further, her  tax background provides an added dimension to her retirement strategies, college planning, investment strategies, cash flow and debt management, estate and legacy planning, and risk management. Working together with clients, her role is to create, recommend, implement, monitor, and update client plans in a challenging tax environment.

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Social Security: The Elephant in the Room

Social Security: The Elephant in the Room

Some people wonder if Social Security will remain financially sound enough to pay the benefits they are owed.

Tax Reform: Before and After

Tax Reform: Before and After

What did the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act change? Here's a quick snapshot.

U.S. Personal Savings Rate

U.S. Personal Savings Rate

What can be learned from the savings rate?

 

Healthy Body, Healthy Pocketbook

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce health-related expenses—and avoid time in the recovery room.

The Lowdown on Those Free Credit Scores

What’s the deal with your yearly free credit report?

Social Security: What’s Changing in 2016?

There have been a number of changes to Social Security that may affect you, especially if you are nearing retirement.

How Income Taxes Work

A quick look at how federal income taxes work.

How to Make the Tax Code Work for You

When you take the time to learn more about how it works, you may be able to put the tax code to work for you.

Tax Deductions You Won't Believe

Here are some examples of deductions from the IRS that were permitted and some that were, uh, too creative.

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What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

Self-Employed Retirement Plans

Estimate the maximum contribution amount for a Self-Employed 401(k), SIMPLE IRA, or SEP.

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

Social Security Taxes

Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

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Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

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When Special Care Is Needed: The Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust helps care for a special needs child when you’re gone.

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.

Can Election Results Predict the Market?

How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?

Emerging Market Opportunities

What are your options for investing in emerging markets?

The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

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