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Questions to Ask When Drafting an Estate Plan

March 19, 2018
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Because you’ve worked hard to create a secure and comfortable lifestyle for your family, you’ll want to ensure that you have a sound financial plan that includes trust and estate planning. With some forethought, you may be able to minimize gift and estate taxes and preserve more of your assets for those you care about.…

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The Traits of a Good Investor and How Women Can Make the Most of Them

October 2, 2017
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Women are increasingly taking responsibility for managing their own money. That includes those who in the past may have left investing to a spouse because they were busy raising a family or had no interest in the subject, but who have since found that divorce, a spouse’s death, or the need to help a parent…

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Balancing Work and Family

June 20, 2016
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At one time, the typical American family looked like this: a breadwinner father who commuted a short distance to work and earned a very good living, and a stay-at-home mother who took care of the kids and family home with aplomb. Life seemed easy and manageable, with plenty of time for family meals, parent relaxation,…

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016
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As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Dollar Cost Averaging

September 28, 2015

  If you haven’t started investing towards a long-term goal because you’re worried about short-term market volatility, consider using a popular investment strategy called dollar cost averaging. Dollar cost averaging takes some of the guesswork out of investing in the stock market. Instead of waiting to invest a single lump sum until you feel prices…

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Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money

August 28, 2015
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When your child first started school, you doled out the change for milk and a snack on a daily basis. But now that your kindergartner has grown up, it’s time for you to make sure that your child has enough financial knowledge to manage money at college. Lesson 1: Budgeting 101 Perhaps your child already…

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Frequently Asked Questions – I'm marrying someone with bad credit. How will this affect me?

August 21, 2012
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Answer:  You are not responsible for your future spouse’s bad credit or debt, unless you choose to take it on by getting a loan together to pay off the debt. However, your future spouse’s credit problems can prevent you from getting credit as a couple after you’re married. Even if you’ve had spotless credit, you…

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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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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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