Reasons to Revisit Your Life Insurance Policies

For most of your adult life, you may have had the protection of life insurance to help safeguard you and your family. But as your life changed, so did your family’s needs and financial goals. With every transition and milestone, you should take the time to reexamine your life insurance policy to make sure you…

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Why You Need to Name Your Beneficiaries

Life insurance and annuities can bring protection and retirement income that help people meet their financial needs and goals. When you buy these items, you get the opportunity to name beneficiaries who will receive distributions after you pass away.[i] This article provides insight into why you name beneficiaries and how that helps protect you and…

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Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor

High net worth investors face investment challenges that some would consider unique to their financial status. The fundamental tenets of investing apply just as equally to them as any other investor, but these investors need to be mindful of issues that typically arise only from substantial wealth. Let’s examine a few of these. Being Too…

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Avoiding Non-Spouse Beneficiary Mistakes in 5 Easy Steps

How can I avoid making costly mistakes when I inherit an IRA from a person who was not my spouse? Inheriting an IRA can be a financial windfall, but it’s important to understand the complex, specific rules that apply to non-spouse IRA beneficiaries to avoid critical errors. At first, don’t do anything! Especially, don’t take…

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Navigating the Health Care Taxes in 5 Easy Steps

What is considered investment income? Investment Income: Interest, dividends, capital gains (long and short), annuities (not those in IRAs or company plans), royalty income, passive rental income, other passive activity income. NOT Investment Income: Wages and self-employment income, active trade/ business income, distributions from IRAs, Roth IRAs and employer plans, excluded gain from the sale…

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Monitor Your Household Finances with Monthly Meetings

Communication is the process through which we transfer information to each other. Although modern forms of communication have increased (emails, texts, letters, social media), connecting with each other is still at the foundation of our humanity. We just have to talk. Family communication, in particular, melds us together in profound and lasting ways. Without it,…

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Keep Your Finances in Order When Divorcing Later in Life

Divorcing later in life is becoming more commonplace among people 50 and over. Divorce among older couples has more than doubled since the 1990s. In 2015, 10 of 1,000 married people filed for divorce. Five of 1,000 married filed for divorce in 1990. The divorce rate for people 65 and older has tripled since 1990.[i]…

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When Do You Need to Change Your Life Insurance Policy?

When you decide to get life insurance, you’re essentially looking beyond yourself. You understand that life insurance is necessary to protect your family after you’re gone. Sometimes, however, circumstances change, and you have to make changes to your policy to ensure your goals are achieved. Here are several matters to consider periodically if you have…

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Protect Yourself from These Financial Scams

Financial fraud is, unfortunately, a common practice in America that costs individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. Research shows that people often underreport financial fraud, which is difficult to investigate and prosecute.[i] As a result, staying aware of different scamming techniques is an important way to protect yourself and your family. Here are…

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