The Blue Blaze

Frankie Corrado

CFP®, Financial Life Guide, Tax Preparer “I love taxes. They’re like a puzzle to me.”

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1 Easy Thing You Can Still Do to Lower Your Tax Bill for 2017

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Feb 13, 2018 2:51:48 PM


A client of mine recently asked me if she could still make a 401k contribution for the prior year (2017). Unfortunately I had to explain that no, she couldn’t - that window closed on December 31st.

But good news! There is still time to save in a tax-smart way for the prior year.

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Tax prep, Financial Services, Optimal Life,

It's Hero Time. Thanks, Charitable Gift Fund.

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Dec 18, 2017 7:56:55 AM


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It Isn’t Over Till It’s Over.

Time’s running out to tick off all those 2017 new year resolutions.

If being a hero is still on your list (unchecked), there’s a way to make this happen: start a charitable gift fund.

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Purpose,, Values, Charitable

We Told Our Colleagues It Was Time to Change. Their Response Surprised Us.

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Dec 4, 2017 9:29:02 AM


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You never know what will happen when you propose bold change. The only guarantee is that you’ll get people’s attention...and a LOT of people weighing in with opinions.

At this year’s Alliance of Comprehensive Planners (ACP) annual conference, Blue Blaze had a spot at the Board table as well as time on the agenda. We proposed big change. We got lots of feedback.

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Optimal Life,, Values

Equifax Breach Blues? Before You Freeze Your Credit, Read This.

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Sep 22, 2017 11:07:38 AM

Earlier this week, we posted a letter we shared with clients containing some insight into the Equifax data breach, including options for responding to this potential invasion of privacy and identity theft. We’re sharing that information again, below.

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Topics: Credit, Identity Protection, Tips

What's Your Big Idea and How Will You Prepare?

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Sep 13, 2017 2:07:57 PM

Photo credit: Peter Dant Photography

On August 21, 2017, the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1918, ran from coast to coast, from Oregon to South Carolina.

It was a big deal.

Some financial experts raced ahead in the news, predicting a $700 million dollar ‘hit’ to the USA’s collective productivity bottom line, thanks to people taking time out of their day (or the day off) to watch the celestial show. (Read why Forbes says this is bunk.) The Associated Press reported that it was the most observed and reported eclipse in history.

It was special for those of us occupying the north west hemisphere as this eclipse event was only visible in the United States and there won’t be another one like it until April 2024.

How special was it?

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Topics: Financial life guidance, Goal Setting, Bell Works

Top Wedding Gifts That Inspire Happiness Far Into the Future

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Aug 18, 2017 8:40:00 AM


Image courtesy of Jeremy Wong

More and more people are marrying in their late 20’s and well into their thirties. They’ve been working for a few years. They’ve already bought furniture and appliances for their apartment or home.

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Topics: Savers

Goal Setting DOES Work, in Finances and Life

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Jul 7, 2017 1:58:44 PM

My Response to: “Goal Setting Doesn’t Work.”

Sarah Robbins of Blue Blaze Financial Advisors, walking in Bryce Canyon National Park

A recent article by Darren Hardy, the creator of the magazine, SUCCESS, shows his smiling picture beside an article where he makes the bold claim that “Goal setting doesn’t work”. As a huge believer in goal setting, I was taken back by the headline but went in with an open-mind. “Maybe this guy has a point I haven’t considered,” I thought.

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Topics: Goal Setting

From Bell Labs to Bell Works: Blue Blaze Financial Moves to The Metroburb

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Jun 2, 2017 7:21:00 AM

This month Blue Blaze Financial Advisors joined a growing community of startups, big companies and retail businesses moving into Bell Work’s the former Bell Labs megalith structure in Holmdel. Somerset Development is reimagining the Eero Saarinen designed masterpiece into a live, work, play space complete with an indoor quarter mile Main Street, hotel and restaurants. It's located in Holmdel, NJ, right off exit 114 of the Garden State Parkway.

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Topics: Events, Bell Works, About us

Four Lessons Hiking Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Apr 27, 2017 9:51:17 AM

There’s a famous saying that if you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail. Though the importance of planning for retirement seems pretty obvious, many people neglect it or don’t put the necessary time into the process.

The funny thing is, people put plenty of time into planning other events in their lives, whether it’s a vacation, wedding, or birthday party.

But you can easily apply the same principles you use to make other plans to retirement.

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Topics: Retirement

How Much Can I Spend in Retirement? That’s the Wrong Question

Posted by Frankie Corrado on Apr 13, 2017 12:22:43 PM

“How much money will I need for retirement?” That’s a loaded question that I often get from my clients. If you’re like most people, you’ve been wondering about it too.

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Topics: Retirement