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The Impact of a Divorce on Your Finances

November 17, 2010
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Divorce can extract a heavy price — both emotionally and financially. Protecting your financial health during a divorce is crucial. If you and your spouse are headed toward a split, be sure to learn about the laws that shape divorce proceedings and the impact they can have on your assets. Dividing the Assets Typically, everything…

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Understanding Bond Investing: It's a Matter of Balance

September 18, 2010
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It’s a common misconception to think of bonds as “plain-vanilla” investments that are appropriate only for certain types of people, such as financially conservative retirees. But in reality, bond investments may have the potential to add stability to a portfolio and help reduce overall investment risk — regardless of your age or financial outlook. What…

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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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Fixed Annuities: The Missing Piece of Your Retirement Planning Puzzle?

June 19, 2010
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Increasingly, the responsibility for funding a comfortable retirement is shifting from the employer and the government to the individual. Many people contribute to employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs, but there is another tax-advantaged retirement vehicle that shouldn’t be overlooked: annuities. Annuity Essentials An annuity is a contract between an individual and an insurance company. They’re…

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Five Steps to a Simpler Financial Life

June 17, 2010
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 For many Americans, financial life seems to be getting more and more complicated. Perhaps that’s because more workers bear responsibility for their own retirement savings thanks to the proliferation of 401(k) and other plans. Or maybe it’s because there’s so much information and so many investment choices to sort through. Whatever the case, here…

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Annuities May Help Make Your Income Last a Lifetime

April 19, 2010
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With demographic trends pushing the length of retirement to 25 or 30 years and beyond, it’s important to create a retirement investment strategy that generates an income stream that you won’t outlive. If you’re looking for an investment vehicle that promises a guaranteed, lifetime income stream, then you may want to consider annuities. Simply put,…

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Annuities and Insurance: Filling the Cracks in Your Financial Plan

February 19, 2010
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If you’re contributing to an employer-sponsored retirement plan on a regular basis, be sure to congratulate yourself! You are already taking an important step toward addressing what may be the biggest financial challenge you will ever face. And if you are setting aside money for the college education of a child or grandchild, you deserve…

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Fixed-Income Focus: Bond Fund Basics

January 18, 2010
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Even during periods when equities are top market performers, bonds may still have a place in your portfolio. As a complement to the more volatile nature of stock funds, fixed-income funds may have the potential to generate a steady stream of income and add stability to a portfolio. How Bond Funds Work Bond funds are…

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