Life Insurance: Protecting Today's Assets and Tomorrow's Heirs

Many people obtain life insurance when they first have children and then forget about it, except for when the premium bill comes due. But an effective financial plan includes reexamining your life insurance needs continually throughout your life to ensure the assets you’ve accumulated are protected and to provide additional opportunities to create wealth. Estimate…

Safety in Numbers: Why Diversification Matters

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…

Using Annuities to Generate Retirement Income

An annuity is a contract between an investor and an insurance company in which the insurance company promises to make payments to the investor either immediately or at a future time. An immediate annuity, as its name suggests, offers payments that start immediately. With a deferred annuity, payments are delayed to a future date. You…

The Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

Thinking about the need and the costs of long-term care is enough to make anyone uncomfortable. But while it’s a difficult subject to talk about, it’s also a topic that often generates lots of questions and misunderstanding. Consider this: The average cost of nursing home care in the United States now exceeds $70,000 per year,…

The Impact of a Divorce on Your Finances

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…

Insurance Strategies to Help You Protect Your Business

As a business owner, you need to ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage to protect family, business partner(s) and key employees, so that no matter what the future holds, the business can continue to provide for those who depend on it. With the right insurance strategies in place, you can guard your business against…

College Prep: Five Reasons to Study Up on 529 Plans

Millions of families striving to meet the mounting costs of college have flocked to 529 college savings plans. For most investors, the plans’ main attractions are the potential for federal tax-deferred earnings growth and federal tax-free qualified withdrawals.1 The plans’ aggregate asset limits, which often exceed $200,000, also appeal to contributors concerned about the potential…

Who Is Your Beneficiary?

 Good planning takes into account both the expected and the unexpected. By building your nest egg, you’re planning for the comfortable retirement you always hoped for. All it takes to plan for the unfortunate event that something unexpected happens on the way to retirement is to name beneficiaries for all your investments. While it…

Understanding Bond Investing: It's a Matter of Balance

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…

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

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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