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Navigating Your Financial Journey

Welcome, I’m Timothy Lay, owner and principal of TPA Financial. We understand that there are unique challenges when it comes to planning and preparing for your financial future. We help clear away the confusion and mystery around investing in today’s volatile market place.

Our objective is to serve your best interests while you enjoy, Living Life.

Whether you’re facing retirement—or looking to better understand certain investment ideas—we can help you address your most pressing money questions.

Our first priority is your overall financial success. We want to learn more about your personal situation, identify your dreams and goals, and understand your tolerance for risk. Long-term relationships that encourage open and honest communication have been the cornerstone of our foundation of success.

Our site is filled with educational videos, articles, presentations, and calculators designed to help you learn more about the world of personal finance. As you search our website, send us a note regarding any questions you may have about any particular investment concepts or products. We’ll get back to you quickly with a thoughtful answer.

"We partner with individuals and business owners on their journey to achieving their financial goals, and serve their best interests along the way so they can focus on what is most important: Living Life"

~ Timothy Lay

Helpful Content

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Lifestyle inflation can be the enemy of wealth building. What could happen if you invested instead of buying more stuff?

Insuring Your Business Against Cyber Liability

Insuring Your Business Against Cyber Liability

90% of small businesses in the U.S. don't protect their data from cyber attacks. Is your business at risk?

Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Emotional biases can adversely impact financial decision making. Here’s a few to be mindful of.


A Primer on Dividends

A company's profits can be reinvested or paid out to the company’s shareholders as “dividends."

Strategies For Managing Student Loan Debt

Five strategies for managing your student debt.

A Primer on Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

Irrevocable life insurance trusts can be important tools that may accomplish a number of estate objectives.

Women and Financial Strategies

Most women don’t shy away from the day-to-day financial decisions, but some may be leaving their future to chance.

Please Leave Home Without It

Concerns over identity theft continue to grow, especially with data breaches at major companies and financial institutions.

Estate Management Checklist

Is your estate in order? This short quiz may help you assess your overall strategy.

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Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

A Look at Systematic Withdrawals

This calculator may help you estimate how long funds may last given regular withdrawals.

My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

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

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

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Retirement Plan Distributions

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

Tax Management Strategies

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

5 Smart Investing Strategies

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

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How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Bridging the Confidence Gap

In the world of finance, the effects of the "confidence gap" can be especially apparent.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

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

16 Wall Street Cliches in 60 Seconds

Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.

To Buy or Not to Buy

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.

The Good Ship IPO

The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.

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