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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Annuities have been a hot commodity in recent years but can sometimes get a bad reputation. While annuities aren’t for everyone, there are situations where annuities may be the best option available, especially as you near retirement....

 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Some retirement investors have a portion of their investment in stocks, and this may have served them well. Stocks have recently been on a roll - and many are near all-time highs. Some investors may think the market is a bit extended....

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

For many people, the dream of traveling in retirement is strong. You may want to plan trips to see your adult kids and grandkids a few times per year, and you likewise may have bucket list trips in mind. Because you do not have a job...

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Once you reach your retired years, you may think that your previous planning efforts would put you in the clear from a financial standpoint. However, the numbers that you use in your projections are in flux. This means that you must...

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Whether you're aware of them or not, there are some substantial benefits to having a 401(k) plan. Here are four benefits that make these plans worth having. 1. Payroll deduction. At the surface it may not seem ideal, but in reality,...

 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

No matter what your age, it’s important to start preparing for the time when you eventually retire. One of the biggest financial issues you may encounter by the time you’re ready to stop working is how much money you will...

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A lot of people ask, “When should I start my estate planning?” The shorter answer is: it’s never too early. There’s lots of ways to go about planning, but generally there are three main steps to be followed when you start: Start by...

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The new year has begun, and with it, some tweaks and changes have been made to Social Security that its beneficiaries may notice. Here’s a look at what you can expect if you’re a beneficiary in 2018: A higher tax cap. Workers will now...

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The first month of 2018 is behind us but it is not too late to take stock of various aspects of our lives. One of the primary areas that is commonly reviewed each year is personal finance. If you are thinking about retiring within the...

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The first month of 2018 is behind us but it is not too late to take stock of various aspects of our lives. One of the primary areas that is commonly reviewed each year is personal finance. If you are thinking about retiring within the...

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Annuities: insurance contracts that offer guaranteed income, usually for life. Some even have capital appreciation. But, you probably already knew that. Do you know the five primary types of annuities, though? Each is unique, and all...

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Did you hear about the people that are mortgaging their home to invest in Bitcoin? It seems that as more and more people become interested in Bitcoin, that more people are thinking about adding it to their portfolio. With the recent...

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A new year brings with it lots of excitement, but also a lot of uncertainty. As a family, are you taking to necessary steps to set achievable, realistic financial goals for 2018 that will help remove any uncertainty from your personal...

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Growing older in America today isn’t what it used to be. Twenty years ago, the average person’s life expectancy was 76 years1. Fast forward to 2016, and a woman turning 65 today can expect to live until 87 years old and a man can...

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

There are many reasons to own an annuity and there are some situations in which using tax-deferred money to purchase an annuity can be a good idea. You want to turn some of your retirement savings into guaranteed income. Income that...

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How long do you plan to live? Ridiculous question, right? If we could know exactly how long we will live, it would make life (and retirement planning) so much simpler. But, we don’t know. We can look at many variables to come up with...

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Traveling this summer? Save yourself a headache by using these tips to help keep your money safe while you’re away. Notify your financial institutions if you’ll be traveling abroad. Few things are more annoying than to have your cards...

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One of the best gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of being financially savvy. Unfortunately, many children leave home without understanding basic financial skills such as how to set a budget, use a credit card, or invest for...

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are you and your spouse on the same page about money? Do you talk regularly about your finances? If not, a monthly family finance meeting might help. I know, talking about money and budgets every month doesn’t sound like a lot of fun,...

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Many couples prefer to divide household tasks and take on separate family responsibilities. However, when one member of the couple handles all financial chores, the other spouse may find himself or herself in the dark about the family...

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

If you’ve been watching the news, you probably know that Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU) on June 23rd after being a member of the European community since 1973. The shocking news caused financial markets to whipsaw, and...

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Though it may be hard to imagine retiring early, many Americans manage to do it while still living comfortable lifestyles. If you’re serious about ending your career early, think carefully about the challenges you face: preparing for...

 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you’re like many Americans, the idea of spending your retirement on the couch isn’t all that attractive. The good news is that baby boomers are using their numbers and influence to redefine retirement. While some fill their time...

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Muhammad Ali, possibly one of the greatest boxers in history, passed away last week, leaving behind an incredible legacy of strength, perseverance, and vision. While we might not be world-class boxers, we can still take away some...

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Social Security is a major source of income for most retirees, and deciding when to claim your benefit is critical to maximizing your guaranteed government income. Social Security rules changed in 2015, taking away two claiming...

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Grandparents are in a fantastic position to teach their grandchildren about money. Often, grandparents can more openly speak with grandchildren than their parents can. Grandparents often take on the role of family storyteller and...

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guaranteed acceptance life insurance can be a boon to people who can’t get term life insurance coverage because of age, medical history, or other issues. Applications don’t require medical exams or even detailed questionnaires and...

 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Most people have dozens of financial priorities competing for attention at any given time. Sitting down for an annual review can help you sift through those priorities and ensure that you are still on track to meet your goals. Though...

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A recent survey found that 68% of women and 56% of men are losing sleep over at least one money issue. While most respondents were concerned about saving enough for retirement, many also worried about healthcare, debt, education...

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Even though you may not be thinking about your estate yet, there are a few practical matters you don’t want to leave unresolved. Lack of preparation can leave your family scrambling during an already traumatic period. Though it’s not...

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Allianz survey showed that 61% of Americans fear outliving their retirement nest egg more than they fear death. With lifespans stretching to age 100 and beyond, many Americans may spend 30 years or more in retirement. This...

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A generation ago, retirement looked more or less the same for everyone: you left your job with a pension and transitioned into your golden years. But today, retirement looks quite different for everyone. One reason for that is that...

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

All parents worry about what would happen to their children if something happened to them. Many people purchase life insurance to provide for their children, and it may seem like a natural choice to name them as beneficiaries on a...

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, Jim Cramer, and other gurus have made their fortunes telling others what to do with their money. Should they tell you what to do with yours? One of the challenges of being an investor today is the overwhelming...

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a retiree is whether you’ll stay in your current home or move. Some people prefer to stay in their homes for financial or lifestyle reasons while others relish the...

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Millions of homeowners are renting rooms (or even their entire house or apartment) to travelers and short-term tenants using Airbnb, VRBO, and many other online rental platforms. The income can help make real estate in expensive areas...

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of clearing out the accumulated dust and debris of winter for a fresh new spring. This year, as you sweep away the dust bunnies, do some spring cleaning on your insurance as well. 1. Give your auto...

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

If you have a cash-strapped senior in your life, you may have come across advertisements for “reverse mortgages,” a type of loan that gives older homeowners payments in exchange for the value of the property while allowing...

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

If you’re looking ahead at retirement, you might wonder what role “Medigap” supplemental insurance policies play in Medicare coverage. Medicare has four parts that, used together, offer coverage for most medical care...

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Long-term care insurance is complex, and there’s no way to predict with certainty whether you will actually end up needing coverage for expensive care later in life. However, the odds are good that you may one day need some type...

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Budgeting and monitoring your household’s spending are critical to building long-term financial success. However, money is an emotional topic for many, and it’s common for couples and families to dread budget talks. Here...

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What would you do if you weren’t able to earn an income because of an illness or injury? The financial consequences of a disability can be severe; a short-term illness or injury might not set your family back too far if you have...

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Many of us take advantage of credit cards to make everyday purchases and smooth out cash flow. However, you shouldn’t always reach for plastic. Here are three types of expenses that you should never put on a credit card: Tuition...

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Did you know that your lifestyle can affect life insurance premiums? Age is by far the biggest determinant, but there are a number of other factors that can affect how much you pay. Here are 3 common lifestyle factors that can boost...

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

For many people, having a new baby triggers the thought: I really ought to get some life insurance. One estimate put the lifetime cost of raising a child to age 18 at over $300,000 for a middle-income couple – not including the...

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 is here and we want to help you make it one of your most financially successful years to date. Here are a few simple tasks you can complete while your resolutions are fresh in your mind: 1. Get acquainted with your finances If you...

 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Did you know that most renters don’t have renters insurance? While 95% of homeowners carry homeowner’s insurance, a 2014 poll found that just 37% of renters own renters policies.1 Many renters wrongly assume that their...

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

If you’re worried about leaving your children or loved ones with expenses after you die, you may take a second look at life insurance as a senior. Seniors face special challenges when purchasing life insurance; premiums get more...

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When you’ve figured out the basics of why you need life insurance, how much you need, and how long you need it for, there are still some details that you need to work out. One area consists of the policy add-ons we call riders....

 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The end of the year is approaching, but there’s still time to maximize deductions and take advantage of tax breaks. Here are three tips that could help you reduce your tax burden and get ready for tax season: 1. Plump up your...

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

As we get close to the end of 2015, there are a few final tasks you need to check off of your to-do list for the year: Max out retirement account contributions Whether you have a 401(k), 403(b), 457, or other workplace retirement...

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Many pet owners treat their beloved companions like full members of the family and wouldn’t dream of denying them medical care. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that diseases and injuries that once spelled certain death can...

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If you are currently collecting Medicare or will be beginning soon, the news that many Medicare recipients faced a 52% premium hike next year might have shocked you. Fortunately, the budget deal signed in November 2015 brought the...

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Life insurance is a valuable tool in your financial arsenal that’s designed to help your family live comfortably in the event of your death. Unfortunately, mistakes can cost you dearly when you need insurance most. Here are some...

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it’s a good time to review insurance and make sure that you’re making the most of your options this year. Review your coverage Now is an excellent opportunity to review your home...

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If you’re approaching retirement, it might seem logical and comforting to pay off your mortgage before you leave the workforce. No mortgage means one less major bill to pay each month, and you might feel more at ease knowing that...

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Healthcare needs in retirement are complex and purchasing a long-term care insurance policy is a major decision that you should not undertake lightly. Long-term care (LTC) insurance is designed to transfer the risk and cost of...

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You buy insurance to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your finances from risk. However, all insurance policies aren’t created equal and you want to be careful to choose policies from companies that will be able to pay claims...

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Insurance-related Identity theft is a major problem in United States. Estimates suggest that life insurance fraud costs tens of billions of dollars each year.(1) Fraudsters can use sensitive personal information to make fraudulent...

 

Friday, September 18, 2015

If you own a business, what would happen to your business and your family if you were to die unexpectedly? Life insurance can help give your business and your family some breathing room to recover from the financial, emotional, and...

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Millions of Americans risk running out of money during retirement or not being able to retire on time. The most common reason? Not having saved enough for retirement during their working years. While inflation, turbulent markets, and...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2012. While the elderly and those for whom English is a second language are often specially targeted by scammers, anyone can become a...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Your child’s teenage years may be your last opportunity to teach valuable financial lessons before he or she heads out into the world. Today’s financial world is complex, and a solid financial base can help young adults adopt good...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 1, 2015 Like many important life transitions, retirement comes with a host of emotional and financial changes. Though you may have a lot of other things on your mind when you retire, you don’t want to make these...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 8, 2015 Life insurance for children is a controversial issue. On one hand, most children are born healthy and will live long, productive lives. Since they don’t work and contribute income to your family, one of...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 15, 2015 Everyone has goals that they'd like to reach. Maybe it's running a marathon, writing a novel, retiring early, or taking control of your finances. Whatever your personal goals are, reaching them takes...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 22, 2015 Suffering an injury or illness abroad can be extremely expensive, especially if it requires emergency medical care or unplanned evacuation. If you're planning a cruise or vacation overseas, take some time...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 29, 2015 If you have life insurance, you probably sat down at some point and calculated how many years of income your family might need or what costs your death might incur for your loved ones. However, rules of...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - August 5, 2015 Sending a child off to college? Sit down together and go over these important financial issues before dropping him or her off for the semester. Update insurance coverage: While some homeowner's policies...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - August 12, 2015 Ever wondered about the differences between term and permanent life insurance options? Though every type of life insurance is designed to provide a death benefit, policies can differ in length of...

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

It takes most people a lifetime to build significant wealth, but a few mistakes can completely derail your progress. Usually, it's not just a single bad decision or a few bad calls that hurt; instead, it's often a pattern of mistakes...