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The Path to Clarity

At Capital Planning Systems, Inc., we understand the information overload that individuals face as they attempt to put their financial lives on the proper economic path. We can help bring clarity to the process by mapping out a proven course to accomplish individual hopes and desires. Whether you are investing to build wealth, protect your family or preserve your assets, our personalized service focuses on your needs, wants and long-term goals. Our team of professionals has years of experience in creating road maps for success. We can help you address your needs of today and for many years to come. We look forward to helping you bring clarity to your chosen path.


What Does The CFP® Certification Mark Mean?


Gene Griffin is a CFP™. Why is this important? The CFP™ certification mark identifies an individual who has met the education, examination, experience and ethics rules established by the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP™ Board). Anyone can call himself or herself a “financial planner”. But only those who have fulfilled the certification and re-licensing requirements of the CFP™ Board can use its certification mark.
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Strength & Guidance

"In a world of conflict and trouble there will be the giants among men. There will be the peacemakers. There will be those who can calm troubled waters. There will be those whose life's pattern will be as a beacon on a hill, as a lighthouse in a storm. There will be those who others will look to for strength and guidance."

- H. Burke Peterson   

 

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Trends in Charitable Giving

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This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

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This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

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With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.

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

Home Mortgage Deduction

Use this calculator to assess the potential benefits of a home mortgage deduction.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Tax Management Strategies

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Your Cash Flow Statement

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

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What Can a Million Dollars Buy You?

$1 million in a diversified portfolio could help finance part of your retirement.

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate.

An Arm and a Leg

A visit to the hospital can be painful, for both your body and your wallet. Don’t let it be more painful than it has to be.

Your DNA Test

If you have a family that relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

Emerging Market Opportunities

What are your options for investing in emerging markets?

Will You Pay the AMT?

Despite recent tax-law changes, many Americans are expected to pay the AMT this year.

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