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Pre-Retirement

Considerations for Owning Company Stock

June 22, 2011
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Owning company stock within your employer-sponsored retirement plan is not necessarily a bad thing. The issue, however, is that for some investors, company stock may represent too large a percentage of their retirement plan assets. Here are some tips to help you determine if your portfolio is too heavily weighted with your employer’s stock. Know…

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Tips for Transitions: Make the Most of Your Retirement Account Options

March 17, 2011
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It’s a fact: The average American holds nine different jobs before the age of 34.* It’s also a fact that the decisions you make about how to manage retirement assets when changing jobs can have a direct impact on your future financial health. Case in point: “Cashing out” retirement plan assets before age 59½ (55…

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Mid-Life Investing — Making the Most of Your Asset-Building Years

January 17, 2011
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As you move through your peak earning years, you’ll probably see your net worth steadily rise. At the same time, you’ll still have some work to do before you realize your financial goals. That’s why it’s important to have a solid plan in place. Here are some steps to help keep your portfolio on track.…

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Safety in Numbers: Why Diversification Matters

December 17, 2010
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Think of investing as a venture into uncharted territory — but you need to pack well in order to strive for success. Don’t rely on a single investment vehicle to pursue your investment goals. Rather, build your portfolio with a selection of investments designed to work together. This process — dividing your investment dollars among…

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Meet the Education Challenge: Planning for Tomorrow's Tuition Costs

September 17, 2010
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Many parents dream of the day their child strides to the stage to receive a college diploma. On the other hand, many parents dread the day that college tuition bills arrive. Despite steep tuition costs, however, a college education may be a sound investment that’s within the reach of many families. All it takes is…

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Insurance Needs for Every Stage of Life

August 19, 2010
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Who needs life insurance? These days, the answer is, “Almost everyone.” That includes: Young Adults As you might imagine, parents of minor children are at the top of the list of those who probably need life insurance. If one “breadwinner” were to pass away, life insurance payments could make it possible for the survivor to…

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How Much of a Mortgage Can You Afford?

March 17, 2010
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A mortgage is one element of total household expenses, such as taxes and heating costs, which are likely to increase over time. It’s important to consider increases in household expenses in addition to your mortgage payment. For many households, it’s important to arrive at a monthly mortgage payment that is affordable without financial strain. When…

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