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In the internet age it is easy to become overwhelmed with information on the markets and investing. Let Balzer Investment Management LLC help you filter the noise from the 24/7 news cycles. D.J. Balzer can give you perspective on how today’s events impact your investments.  D.J. Balzer has been helping clients with their investment and retirement goals for 20 years.   Give D.J. Balzer a call at 815-600-7363 and let's start the conversation.

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