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Choosing a Beneficiary for Your IRA or 401(k)

February 19, 2016

Selecting beneficiaries for retirement benefits is different from choosing beneficiaries for other assets such as life insurance. With retirement benefits, you need to know the impact of income tax and estate tax laws in order to select the right beneficiaries. Although taxes shouldn’t be the sole determining factor in naming your beneficiaries, ignoring the impact…

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Understanding Social Security

October 5, 2015

Over 63 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2014) But Social Security is more than just a retirement program. Its scope has expanded to include other benefits as well, such as disability, family, and survivor’s benefits. How does Social Security work? The Social…

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Social Security Survivor's Benefits and the Lump-Sum Death Benefit

September 11, 2015

What is it? When planning your estate, consider how much your survivors might receive from Social Security. Social Security survivor’s benefits can provide much-needed income to your family and ensure that their financial life after your death is easier. Who will be eligible to receive survivor’s benefits after your death? Knowing your insured status is…

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Beneficiary Designations Over-ride Wills

September 22, 2014

The following article by Ric Edelman published on CNBC this morning is a great reminder on the importance of keeping your beneficiary designations up to date. Please leave us your thoughts in the our comment section.

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Estate Planning 101 – Part 2

November 2, 2013
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The third full week in October has been designated as National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Estate planning is a vital component of every financial plan, regardless of the size of the estate. Unfortunately, it’s also an area that is commonly overlooked. This often results in wasted dollars and emotional hardship that could otherwise be minimized…

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September Is National Life Insurance Awareness Month

September 4, 2012
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Congress has proclaimed September “National Life Insurance Awareness Month,” and most states are making similar proclamations. More than 100 insurance companies and industry trade groups are expected to participate in the National Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign. While many Americans recognize that it is important to protect loved ones with life insurance, far too many…

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Financial Perspectives for Women

August 14, 2012
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Today, women have more opportunities to achieve financial success than ever before. However, it’s a fact that women often face obstacles that their male counterparts don’t. It’s important to recognize and account for these challenges. For more information, watch the short video clip below regarding these challenges and other potential financial setbacks. Financial Perspectives: Understanding…

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529 College Savings Plans

December 28, 2011
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529 college savings plans are tax-advantaged college savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today. Much like the way 401(k) plans revolutionized the world of retirement savings a few decades ago, 529 college savings plans have revolutionized the world of college savings. As of June 2011, total assets in…

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Transferring Wealth with a Stretch IRA

June 15, 2011

Want a way to flex some retirement planning muscle? Then consider a “stretch” (inherited) IRA. Not only can this strategy preserve wealth for future generations, it also has the potential to keep assets growing in a tax-deferred account for years to come. Here’s the inside scoop, based on one hypothetical family situation. One Scenario Imagine…

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