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Welcome to Sterk Financial Services, a financial planning practice in the Dakota Dunes suburb of Sioux City, Iowa. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team of experts to help you live your best life. That’s where we come in. You have doctors, attorneys, and tax professionals you rely on to keep your life running smoothly, and we are prepared to do the same for your financial future. Sterk Financial Services has specialized programs to help you manage investments and strategically plan for life changes such as retirement, divorce, job changes, or entering a caregiving role. We can help you preserve and grow your portfolio to  help set yourself up for a successful financial future. Our goal is simple – to provide advice and strategies that aligns the money you have with the life that you want to lead.

Our team of professionals has years of experience in strategic financial planning. We are ready to address your needs today and guide you through every phase of life. Let us help you take the complexity and uncertainty out of financial planning, and help create clarity and confidence as you move forward.

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Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

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Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

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

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The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

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A portfolio created with your long-term objectives in mind is crucial as you pursue your dream retirement.

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In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

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