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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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Retirement Traps to Avoid

Retirement Traps to Avoid

Beware of these traps that could upend your retirement.

All Muni Bonds Are Not Created Equal

All Muni Bonds Are Not Created Equal

Gaining a better understanding of municipal bonds makes more sense than ever.

Mastering Mobile Lingo

Mastering Mobile Lingo

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Investing with Your Heart

For some, the social impact of investing is just as important as the return, perhaps more important.

Certain Uncertainties in Retirement

The uncertainties we face in retirement can erode our sense of confidence.

Four Really Good Reasons to Invest

There are four very good reasons to start investing. Do you know what they are?

The Anatomy of a Supplemental Health Plan

Here’s a guide to explain all the parts of Medicare.

How Does Your Credit Score Compare?

Have you ever wondered how your credit score compares to the rest of the country? Take a look and see.

An Overview of Renter’s Insurance

Don’t overlook the need for renter’s insurance if you rent your home.

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What Is the Dividend Yield?

This calculator helps determine your pre-tax and after-tax dividend yield on a particular stock.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

Saving for College

This calculator can help you estimate how much you should be saving for college.

Home Mortgage Deduction

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

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

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

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

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Tax Management Strategies

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

Retirement Plan Distributions

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

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Social Security: By the Numbers

Here are five facts about Social Security that might surprise you.

Women and Retirement

Women must be ready to spend, on average, more years in retirement than men.

A Bucket Plan to Go with Your Bucket List

A bucket plan can help you be better prepared for a comfortable retirement.

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

All about how missing the best market days (or the worst!) might affect your portfolio.

Surprises

Making the most of surprises is a great reason to work with us.

Should I Invest in Gold?

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

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