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Welcome to Your Financial Journey

Our podcast provides you with timely information on relevant developments as well as strategies designed to help you enjoy greater peace of mind and achieve your wealth management goals. It’s your journey and PWA is here to provide you with expertise, guidance and support every step of the way.

Why Use a Financial Advisor

Do you have a person you can call when a financial question arises? Is this person aware of your financial situation, background, goals, and objectives? Providing this level of knowledge and understanding requires a lot of work and collaboration behind the scenes. Listen in as Vice President & Trust Officer Jay Faler and Investment Advisor Representative Laura Fasan join Executive Vice President Doug DeGroot to share their perspectives on a day in the life here at PWA and reasons to use a financial advisor.

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2023 Mid-Year Update

Can anyone honestly say they expected tech stocks to shoot up by 38 percent in the first half of this year? How about the S&P 500 gaining 14 percent? We think it’s safe to say these results surprised everyone. What might we expect from the U.S. economy and financial markets in the second half of this year? Listen in as Senior Vice Presidents Brian Granato and Tom Clifford of Providence Wealth Advisors join Executive Vice President, Doug DeGroot to share their thoughts about interest rates, inflation, the FED and stocks in this podcast – the 2023 Mid-Year Update.

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Age Milestones for Financial Planning

What financial concerns should you be thinking about if you’re a young person in your 20’s? What about at age 30, 40, 50 and beyond? Is a budget something you need to prepare once or is it a tool that’s important regardless of age or position in life? In this podcast, members of the PWA team address these questions and more. Tune in as Executive Vice President Doug DeGroot, Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer Nicole Smit and Senior Vice President Brian Granato take a close look at financial planning in 10-year increments and help clients prepare for life’s milestones every step of the way.

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Tips on Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention

Why do Providence Bank & Trust and PWA take extra measures to confirm your identity and safeguard your funds? This important podcast titled “Tips on Financial Fraud and Fraud Prevention” will explain why steps like multi-factor authentication are in place to protect you, your confidential information, and your money. Listen in as Doug DeGroot, Providence Bank & Trust Fraud Investigations Officer Dee Vossos and Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer Cheryl Dalton discuss today’s most popular forms of financial fraud and what you can do to protect yourself from these scams.

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Social Security Benefits Overview

When will you or your spouse become eligible to receive Social Security benefits? How do you know the best time to begin receiving your benefits? Is your spouse or other family member also eligible to receive a benefit? Listen in as Doug DeGroot and senior PWA Team Member Brian Granato provide valuable insight into one of the most frequently asked questions we receive as financial advisors.

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2023 Financial Forecast

What can investors expect in 2023? Listen in as Doug DeGroot, CFP®, Executive Vice President and senior PWA team members Tom Clifford and Brian Granato discuss how inflation, interest rates and politics may impact our economy and your investments in the year ahead.

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Financial Tips for 2023

Join us for this very brief 2022 Holiday Podcast filled with quick financial tips from each member of our PWA team. From all of us at Providence Wealth Advisors, thank you for the trust and confidence you have placed in us and thank you for listening to our Your Financial Journey podcasts throughout the year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and happiness.

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Which is best – a Will, a Trust or Both?

Which estate planning tool is best for you – a Will, a Trust or an approach as basic as owning your assets in Joint Tenancy? To provide you with a better understanding of these estate planning strategies and how they might apply to you and your family Doug DeGroot, CFP®, Executive Vice President at PWA, teams up with Trust Officers Jill Gurney and Cheryl Dalton to deliver this Your Financial Journey podcast. We hope you will benefit from their insight and experience. On behalf of everyone at Providence Wealth Advisors, thank you for listening.

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Cryptocurrency 101

What are cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others? Are they as speculative as noted investors believe or should digital assets be part of your investment portfolio? In this episode of Your Financial Journey, PWA’s Executive Vice President, Doug DeGroot, CFP® answers these questions and provides a high-level overview of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. We hope you find this discussion helpful, and as always, thank you for listening.

Quotations Cited:
Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey
United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, January 2022
Michael Hartnett, Chief Investment Strategist at Bank of America, 2022
Steve Isaacs, Alvine Capital, 2022
Warren Buffet, CNBC, February 2020
Warren Buffet, CNBC, March 2014
Warren Buffet, Shareholder Meeting, 2018

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