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Feb

13

Saving $3 Million for Retirement

How can you plan to do it? What kind of financial commitment will it take? How many of us will retire with $1 million or more in savings? More of us ought to – in fact, more of us may need to, given inflation and the rising cost of health care. Sadly, few pre-retirees have […]

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Feb

7

The Cross-Purchase Buy-Sell Agreement

A plan for sustaining the business you have built after your death. Business owners are builders. They spend their lives building firms to provide goods and services to their clients, and those firms provide them with a living. But nothing can tear down that lifetime of work faster than the death of a business owner, […]

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Jan

30

Do Our Attitudes About Money Help or Hurt Us?

We may need to change them to better our financial prospects. Our relationship with money is complex & emotional. When we pay a bill, go to the mall, trade in a car for a new one, hunt for a home or apartment, or pass someone seemingly poor or rich on the street, we feel things […]

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Jan

23

Fiduciary Financial Advisor & Retirement Planning for Single Parents

It is a challenge – and it must be met. How does a single parent plan for retirement? Diligently. Regularly. Rigorously. Here are some steps that may help, whether you are just beginning to do this or well on your way. Setting a household budget can be a wise first step. Most households live without […]

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Jan

16

Should You Care What the Market Does Each Day?

A calm investor may realize better long-term returns than an overly concerned one. Investors are people, and people are often impatient. No one likes to wait in line or wait longer than they have to for something, especially today when so much is just a click or two away. This impatience also manifests itself in […]

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Jan

9

What You Can & Cannot Control as You Plan for Retirement

Some things you have no influence over. You may have some power to affect other factors. Are you worried about retiring? Many baby boomers are, and they have reason to be, given low interest rates, returns on equities, increasing health care costs, and the issues facing Social Security. Now, do yourself a favor. Read that […]

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Jan

2

The Fiduciary Advisor Standard

What designations let you know that a financial professional will abide by it? The Department of Labor is introducing an important new rule regarding retirement plan accounts, which will be phased in during 2017 and fully implemented by 2018. Under this new rule, financial professionals who consult retirement savers will be held to a fiduciary […]

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Dec

19

What to Do Financially When a Spouse Dies

Steps to see that financial matters remain in good order. When a spouse passes away, the emotion and magnitude of the loss can send our lives reeling. This profound change can also affect our finances. All at once, we have a to-do list before us, and the responsibility of it can make us feel pressured. […]

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Dec

12

New Rule, Nicer Returns?

Could the new fiduciary rule effectively enhance portfolio performance for retirement savers? A change is coming. The Department of Labor is introducing a new rule regarding retirement accounts – a rule that is profoundly impacting the financial services industry. The rule will require financial services professionals to serve as fiduciaries when they provide advice about […]

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Dec

5

Funding 35-40 Years of Retirement

If you live to 100, can you avoid outliving your money? Will you live to 100? Your odds of becoming a centenarian may be improving. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the population of Americans aged 100 or older rose 44% between 2000-2014. The Pew Research Center says that the world […]

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