This Month with Lamont Financial Group

IMPORTANT DATES FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2021:

  • Friday, January 1st: Our office will be closed in observance of New Year's Day
  • Monday, January 18th: Our office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 15th: Our office will be closed in observance of President's Day

 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

 

Kris... stayed at home for Christmas and celebrated with Emily, Calvin, and Dillon. The family used Zoom to virtually open presents with grandparents and cousins. The boys were very excited about their new Nintendo Switch...don't tell them, but mom and dad play Tetris at night once they are in bed. Kris is looking forward to the New Year and is excited to take Calvin ice fishing for the very first time. Emily has an upcoming milestone birthday in January, and Kris has something special planned!

 

Ivy... passed her licensing exams in spring and early summer of 2020, and is very excited to begin taking her own clients in January! She is looking for an alternative to the gym and a way to get outside during winter, so she is eagerly awaiting more snow so she can learn to ski and snowboard. She likes to attend concerts and missed them in 2020, so she is really looking forward to the few shows that are scheduled for summer 2021!

 

Dawn... spent the holidays at home with family! Wishing a happy and safe 2021 to all!

 

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR DECEMBER 2020:

  • Thursday, December 24th: Our office will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve
  • Friday, December 25th: Our office will be closed in observance of Christmas Day

 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

 

Kris... has been learning to fly fish and hopes the weather holds out a bit longer. He has been lucky to have a few nice days this late in the year to practice his new hobby. Soccer ended for Calvin and Dillon; Calvin was his team's leading scorer, Dillon improved each game and had lots of fun, and Kris enjoyed coaching their teams this season. The boys are very excited for Christmas, and have already put up the Christmas tree!

 

Dawn... Like so many others during the Thanksgiving season, she's been reflecting on the blessings in her life more so than usual.  Some of the things that she's most grateful for are:

  • Getting to be a mother. – “For 28 years now, my life has been richly blessed by my four loving, caring, talented, witty, brave, determined, strong-willed, and sometimes very challenging daughters who are each so beautiful - inside and out.  Through all of our good times, and even the not-so-good ones, each of them has been a true gift.”
  • Having had the most amazing father (and grandfather to her girls). – “Even though he's been gone for five years now, we all still feel the powerful love we shared with him.  He's still very much alive in each of us through priceless memories, and the lessons he taught by example of how to live, love, laugh, give, and always keep trying, no matter what life throws our way.”
  • Those who've possessed the intelligence and passion needed to make the most incredible, life-changing discoveries. – “From countless advances in medical science, to improving living conditions in remote areas of the world, to solving mysteries of the galaxies, and inventing gadgets to improve, enhance or entertain our daily lives… never have humans been so blessed or had it so easy.  Man-made, life-enhancing things I take for granted but am SO GRATEFUL for are indoor plumbing, electricity, MUSIC, motorized transportation (especially cars with remote starts and seat heaters Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ ), telephones, photography/videography, heating/cooling systems, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and SO MUCH MORE!”
  • Having the opportunity to work for and with such wonderful, fun and dedicated people. – “In my 49 years, I've had the opportunity to work a few long-term jobs in my life.  But never before have I been witness to such a consistently superb level of helpfulness, productivity and humanity that I experience and see in my current workplace.  This is also true for the many different clients I've been fortunate to get to serve and know. It's such a great feeling, working here!”

Thank you to everyone who has made a difference in my life and a belated Happy Thanksgiving to all

 

Ivy... has been missing riding her bike in the warm weather. Instead she spends more time at the gym lifting weights, hoping to compete in another powerlifting meet in the spring. She has been lucky to go on a few roadtrips this year while travel has been limited,  but hopes things improve and more places begin opening up again in the new year so travel will be more of a possibility. She is greatly looking forward to taking on her own clients in January!

 

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2020:

  • Monday, October 12th: Our office will be closed in observance of Columbus Day
  • Wednesday, November 11th: Our office will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day

 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

Kris... Calvin and Dillon are both glad to be back in school!  They are both loving soccer, and Kris is coaching both of their teams this fall!  This keeps his Thursdays and Sundays very busy trying to keep the attention of 10 kindergarteners and 12 second graders, and he now has more respect for teachers doing this all the time. For Fathers Day Kris got his dad, Jim, a guided fishing trip on the lake with Kevan Paul.  After having to reschedule Jim, Kris, and Calvin were finally able to go, and Calvin even had the biggest catch of the day that qualified him as a Master Angler!

 

Dawn... Dawn has been enjoying watching the colors of the leaves change this fall. Her Music Box rose bush has suddenly bloomed with a lot of flowers again as a final hoorah with summer is coming to a close. Allison, her last high schooler, has started her senior year! Paige is continuing her studies at Wartburg. Katie is now in the University of Iowa nursing program, and beginning clinicals and taking care of patients!

 

Ivy... has been trying to get outside and enjoy the last of the warm weather before it gets too chilly. This includes bundling up to paddleboard on the lake, riding the Tour de Maples ride in Osage along the river to see the changing trees, and hiking local trails. She has been finished with her licensing exams since the beginning of the summer, so she is now working on building her prospect list and making portfolio models!

 


 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2020:

  • Monday, September 7th: Our office and the stock market will be closed in observance of Labor Day

 

UPDATES ON THE OFFICE:

Required Minimum Distribution Return: The August 31st, 2020 extended deadline for the return of RMD's to a retirement account is quickly approaching! If you took a RMD from your account and are planning on returning it, make sure you speak with Kris!

 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

Kris... Calvin will be having his 8th birthday at the end of the month! He and Dillon are excited for school to start this fall and to see their friends! They are also looking forward to soccer starting soon. Kris and Emiy have started getting into kayaking, and have been enjoying boating on the lake multiple times a week! Kris has also started biking more and has been enjoying going for laps around the lake. 

 

Dawn... has been loving this summer's weather with so many sunshiny days and blue skies this year!  She and her four daughters continue to spend priceless time with each other thanks to Covid, and recently even took on a DIY living room remodeling project together.  They're all gearing up to meet the new, and very different, academic year for her high school and college seniors. 

 

Ivy... has also been enjoying the outdoors this summer! She just hit 600 miles biking on the year, and has been doing lots of paddleboarding and hiking as well. In July she competed in a United Powerlifting Association meet and won first place in her class. She will soon be visiting Colorado to do some hiking in the mountains! After a delay at the testing centers due to Covid, she was finally able to sit for her insurance exams, passing both Life and Health/Accident!

 


 

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR JUNE / JULY 2020:

  • Sunday, June 21st - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to the dads, grand-dads, great and even greater grand-dads, and all of the "like-a-dad"s out there!

  • Friday, July 3rd – Our office and the stock market will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Saturday, July 4th.
 

UPDATES ON THE OFFICE:

2019 Roth & IRA Contributions: The extended July 15, 2020 deadline for making 2019 contributions to your IRA or Roth IRA is quickly approaching! (This is still the deadline even if you have a tax-filing extension beyond then.)  Be sure to get your 2019 contribution in well before the deadline for it to be accounted for accordingly. **While I do not provide tax advice, I can work closely with your accountant to help ensure a well-rounded plan.ÃÆ'Æ'Æ'ÃÆ'‚¢ÃÆ'Æ'¢ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Å¡ÃÆ'‚¬ÃÆ'Æ'¢ÃÆ'¢â€šÂ¬ÃÆ'‚¹
 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

Kris... Even though some sporting events were canceled for this spring/summer, the boys are still keeping Kris and Emily busier than ever! They enjoy playing baseball and soccer in the yard, visiting any of North Iowa's parks, going to the beach, riding bikes, building dominos, chalk drawing on the driveway, and going out on the boat. 

Dawn... Dawn has been enjoying getting to spend more time with her four daughters, whose work, studies, and social activities became home-centered. She's also been able to get deeper than usual Spring cleaning done and complete small home projects that have been on the back burner due to a normally, faster paced life.

Ivy... After waiting for exam centers to repoen due to COVID-19, was finally able to sit for and pass her Series 66 exam on May 8th! She will soon be sitting for Iowa Life and Health Insurance exams as well. Outside of work, she's been able to spend a lot of time cycling and hiking in the beautiful weather!


 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR MARCH / APRIL 2020:

  • Sunday, March 8th, 2:00 a.m. – Daylight Savings Time Begins! *Turn clocks ahead 1 hour before bed the night before.*

  • Friday, April 10th – Our office and the stock market will be closed in observance of Good Friday
 

UPDATES ON THE TEAM:

... Kris and Emily recently took the boys to their first ever Hawkeye game in Iowa City. They were able to get courtside to meet some members of the men's basketball team, and the Hawks won! - so they really enjoyed themselves. The boys both participated in indoor soccer this winter, and even though they enjoyed it, are eager to play outside again. Kris and Emily are looking forward to their annual family vacation in Florida. 

... Dawn had a friend from Canada visit in February and attended the Color of the Wind Kite Festival in Clear Lake for the first time ever. It was a great winter day for the festivities, and they were very impressed by all of the sizes, designs, and COLORS of kites, which reminded them a lot of the Macy's Day Parade balloons on Thanksgiving.

... Ivy has been learning A LOT, and not only passed her SIE exam in January, but also passed her Series 7 exam on February 28th as well!  When not studying, she likes to attend band concerts around the country, already having gone to SIX since the start of 2020, with three more to see in upcoming weeks.


 

Important Dates for February 2020:

  • Monday, February 17th – Our office and the stock market will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.

Updates on the Office:

Are you turning 65 this year? If so, and you're looking for a Medicare Supplement Plan, please give our office a call at 641-424-9899. Kris Lamont would be happy to help you and answer your questions. Our office offers Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Insurance and Medicare Supplement Insurance.

Updates on the Team:

We are excited to welcome Ivy Pruisman to the LFG team.  Pruisman grew up in Clear Lake, IA and is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she double majored in Financial Management and Real Estate.  She recently started the process of becoming a licensed Financial Advisor with the long-term goal of becoming a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. 

When she's not studying for her upcoming exams, Ivy will be working alongside Kris and Dawn assisting with existing LFG clients.  Once she becomes fully licensed, she will also start building her own book of business.  She has the “client first” mentality that is so important to our team and clients.  And it will be a huge benefit to have three people that can help with any issues or needs you may have.