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What’s going on at MRK Financial Solutions? You can read about it in our blog! Whether it’s ideas from the industry, emerging trends, or just to keep you in the loop on what's going on at MRK, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in some behind-the-scenes office amusement, a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along!

Monday, September 26, 2022

If you own a business, then you know your personal financial picture is closely related to your professional success. Whether you are a small or large business owner – it’s essential to collaborate with a holistic financial...

Friday, July 29, 2022

Have you considered a career change, early retirement, or a job shift due to recent events in your life or the world? If so, you might be part of the group of Americans roped into the “The Great Resignation.” If you...

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

If you own a business, then you know your personal financial picture is closely related to your professional success. Whether you are a small or large business owner – it’s essential to collaborate with a holistic financial...

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Warren Buffett has taught us the benefits of being fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy when others are fearful.  This is especially important during times of increased volatility.  Deploying the investment...

Thursday, April 14, 2022

If you’re expecting a tax refund this year, you might be pondering, with the recent inflation spikes and gas prices increasing, how much this money is needed and want to spend it right away. Before you do that, I suggest...

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Last week, the yield curve inverted for the first time since August 2019 (as a refresher, a yield curve inversion means that long-term interest rates have dropped below short-term rates). The most important takeaway from these recent...

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up with the nurse at urgent care on a first-name basis. Then, as you're driving to work, you see smoke coming...

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Interest rates, trade talks, inflation fears, political events, and international developments all can influence stock prices. Volatile market activity can be unnerving, but our team is keeping a close eye on all fluctuations.  On...

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

MRK Financial Solutions has been recognized as one of the top affiliates of Avantax Wealth Management®, a leader in tax-advantaged financial planning. Only a handful of Avantax’s more than 3,000 affiliates is invited to...

Monday, February 14, 2022

This Valentine’s Day, whether you’re treating your significant other to a romantic dinner, staying in with your kids, or buying some last-minute chocolates – I encourage you to use this holiday focused on love to show...

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

As a business owner, offering retirement plans to your employees has many benefits for both parties. But where do you start? Finding the right plan and partner that meet your company’s specific needs is what we specialize in at...

Friday, January 14, 2022

The start of a new year is the optimal time to review your current financial situation so you can check your spending habits and investments and evaluate any past or new debt you’ve taken on. January has been deemed Financial...

Friday, January 7, 2022

There’s a lot of concern among industry experts about whether the popular 4% withdrawal rule can provide enough income during retirement, but little discussion on the important role taxes play in how much cash you will actually...

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Estate planning can be a tough conversation to navigate with yourself and your family. Some avoid the topic altogether. Having the conversation about what happens after you pass can be even more difficult to navigate alone....

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Life insurance and long-term care insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) ensure that you can protect yourself and your family if your life circumstances change and as you grow older. If you have done proper planning, you are giving yourself...

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Everyone has financial questions, and it seems everyone has answers – friends, family, the internet, social media and more. At MRK Financial Solutions, we aim to cut through the noise and provide you with a financial partner who...

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

With a new school year being kicked off, it’s an optimal time to think about saving and paying for your children’s college. The cost of higher education can exceed $100,000 per child in some cases. If your kids are...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

With July officially behind us, here is your reminder that we’re headed toward the second half of 2021. While there’s still time to enjoy the warm weather as summer comes to an end, we encourage you to slow down and check...

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

MRK Financial Solutions invites the community to sign up and register for their Inaugural Swing Against Cancer Golf Tournament event on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Dellwood Country Club. The tournament will begin with a shotgun...

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

MRK Financial Solutions has recently brought on Brad Mentzer as a financial advisor at its Palmyra office – one of four Pennsylvania locations for the firm. Mentzer is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more nearly 30 years...

Thursday, June 10, 2021

In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which is aimed to help with the effects of the recent pandemic in an effort to rebuild economic recovery. The plan’s goal is to help reduce families living in...

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Please join us in extending best wishes to Kathy Peterson, who is retiring from MRK Financial Solutions today. Kathy has been a respected client service specialist for more than 10 years, and she will be deeply missed by not only our...

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

MRK Financial Solutions has hired Jill Hasson as a financial advisor at its Palmyra office – one of four Pennsylvania locations for the firm. For the past 14 years, Hasson has worked in regulatory compliance roles at a...

Monday, April 26, 2021

Creating a budget is simple once you know a few basic categories and best practices. It’s sticking to a budget that’s tough, but writing one down is an important first step. After all, it’s much less likely...

Monday, April 19, 2021

Warm weather motivates many of us to tackle long-overdue projects. Yard work or a new fitness routine might top your list, but as we head into spring, there’s one more thing that requires annual cleaning: your finances. Financial...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law as a way to help individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. This $1.9 trillion aid package included payments directly to American households to help...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

LANCASTER, Pa. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Local tax and accounting firm Witmer Tax and Financial Services announced today its partnership with MRK Financial Solutions to deliver broader financial planning and investment advisory services....

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from 2020, it’s the unexpected. Since COVID19 altered our daily lives in early March, there have been high highs and very low lows, and more volatility should be anticipated...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (Oct. 8, 2020) – Local financial planning firm MRK Financial Solutions announced today a merger with Pennsylvania-based True North Wealth Management and the opening of a new office in Amery, Wis., accelerating the...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2020) – MRK Financial Solutions has hired Sarah Kyles as a financial advisor at its corporate headquarters in Plymouth – one of two Minnesota locations for the firm, which recently expanded into...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

There is a massive amount of information to process these days. Every time you turn on the TV or scroll through Twitter, ‘experts’ from various industries are reporting new information we must process. At MRK Financial...

Thursday, May 28, 2020

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (June 1, 2020) – MRK Financial Solutions advisor Michael Callanan has earned his Certified Financial PlannerTM certification through the CFP Board of Standards. The designation requires participants to meet...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Over the past month, news headlines have produced confusion about the correlation between the stock market and the economy. Many Americans are questioning whether the market has separated itself from reality or if it is ignoring...

Monday, April 13, 2020

Without question, the financial markets saw a volatile first quarter of 2020 – with sharp drops from late February through March due to the spread of the coronavirus. However, the global health pandemic has not been the only...

Monday, April 6, 2020

The coronavirus has had significant economic consequences for businesses in a variety of industries. Your financial situation likely looks much different today than expected, but there are proactive ways to adjust business plans or...

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed the House and Senate last month. The act provides financial assistance for many American households. Below are a few important items to note in the CARES Act. Direct cash...

Friday, March 27, 2020

It’s natural to be confused by the chaos of the markets lately. It's been more than a decade since we experienced this type of volatility. The equity market, in particular, has seen tremendous intraday upswings and downswings...

Friday, March 20, 2020

We know the headlines regarding COVID-19 are overwhelming. Its impact on the market might be concerning, and as we all navigate the uncertain months ahead, rest assured that your health and wellbeing are our top priority – today...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns. First and foremost, we care about our MRK family. We encourage the adoption of practices to protect the health of...

Thursday, March 12, 2020

With the latest news and increasing concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, MRK Financial Solutions is monitoring the developing situation closely. We are poised to provide you continued service in any situation while protecting...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Given recent headlines related to the coronavirus, we thought the below article would be helpful and informative. In it, Martin Landry, Director of the Portfolio Management Group at Avantax, outlines key things investors should keep in...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Clear Lake-based accounting firm Overby Financial Services will open a third Wisconsin office in Amery this summer through a partnership with MRK Financial Solutions. The firms share a core philosophy that tax implications accompany...