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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 experienced professionals 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 programs specifically designed 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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The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.

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Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

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Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.

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

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This calculator can help you estimate how much you may need to save for retirement.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

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There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

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With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

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Around the country, attitudes about retirement are shifting.

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