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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

National Retirement Planning Week, observed from April 13-17, serves as a timely reminder of the importance of thoughtful retirement planning. This week emphasizes the need to reflect on our retirement goals and the steps necessary to...

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Spring ushers in a period of renewal and refreshment, extending an invitation not only to our physical spaces but to our financial lives as well. As the seasons transition, it presents an ideal moment to embark on decluttering your...

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Insurance often gets a bad rap, and life insurance, in particular, may not be on the top of your list of financial priorities. However, we believe it deserves a closer look for reasons beyond just covering funeral expenses. Life...

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

As many approach our 60s and look forward to longer lives, it’s the perfect time to reassess retirement financial strategies. Consider these compelling reasons why annuities could positively impact your financial situation: Maximize...

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

To build the life in retirement that you envision, there are retirement planning steps that are important to begin early on. Retirement planning is a key part of any sound financial plan. Procrastinating because you feel there’s plenty...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Many people find that being philanthropic with their money brings them joy. After all, being charitable can be a meaningful experience and is a way to put your core values into practice. Recent data confirms this, as The Philanthropy...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

If you have a desire to build wealth for yourself and your loved ones and you are starting from ground zero, you are considered a first-generation wealth builder. Building generational wealth that will support you and your family now –...

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Money conversations with your spouse are imperative when you want to achieve joint goals, and yet they don’t always come easily. Money is a very personal topic, and many people are not accustomed to discussing it. It can be downright...

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Facing a divorce after the age of 50, especially as you near retirement, can be especially fraught with financial implications you may not have considered. Even if you’ve been anticipating this significant life transition, often...

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Inflation is a ubiquitous economic concept that impacts the everyday lives of people around the world. It's a critical factor in understanding the rising prices of goods and services, affecting everything from the cost of groceries to...

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Building wealth is so much more than accumulating money for its own sake. When you have a solid wealth-building strategy, you can protect yourself from financial emergencies and ensure a comfortable retirement. Many people don’t...

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Many investors take a passive approach to their investment portfolios. They make few, if any, changes to their holdings over a year. While it’s smart to follow a long-term plan and not make changes on a whim, it’s also important to...

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Creating a budget is easy. Sticking to it is hard. Luckily, following savvy budgeting and saving tips can help. According to recent surveys, 74% of Americans have a monthly budget, but 84% of those with a budget fail to stick to it.1...

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The coming of a new year inspires much thinking and planning. You may be looking for ways to structure and organize your life to be prepared for a brand-new year, especially when it comes to your personal finances. As you plan your...

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

In a rapidly evolving world marked by the unpredictability of natural disasters, health crises, and economic fluctuations, being proactive about both emergency preparedness and financial security has never been more important. As we...

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

High-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) often find themselves facing complex tax situations due to their substantial wealth. As governments continue to evolve tax laws and regulations, it's imperative for HNWIs to explore advanced tax...

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Affluent individuals often turn to legacy planning for families to ensure that they protect not only their financial standing but also their values and missions. Some of the steps they may take include designating an executor to manage...

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The journey to retirement spans a lifetime, marked by the pursuit of a fulfilling post-work life. Many Americans switch employers during their careers, resulting in the retention of 401(k) accounts from previous jobs. However, these...

Friday, December 1, 2023

Small businesses represent a crucial pillar of the U.S. economy, as they employ half of the nation’s private-sector workforce and are credited with roughly 63% of the new jobs that have been created from 1995 to 2021, as per federal...

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Some people avoid financial planning because they feel overwhelmed by all the numbers. Whether you suffer from the very real condition of arithmophobia or you simply don’t feel like you understand enough about finances to tackle your...

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The holiday season is often portrayed as a time of joy, togetherness, and celebration. However, for many people, it can also be a source of financial stress and anxiety. The pressure to buy gifts, host gatherings, and partake in...

Friday, November 10, 2023

Retirement is one of the most significant milestones in life. It represents the culmination of years of hard work and savings, but it also marks the beginning of a new financial chapter. Ensuring a comfortable and stable retirement...

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

As the final quarter of the year approaches, investors are faced with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The fourth quarter, often marked by increased market volatility and potential year-end considerations, requires a...

Thursday, October 26, 2023

As a financial professional, I often find myself discussing retirement plans with couples who are contemplating the idea of retiring simultaneously. The notion of embarking on a shared retirement journey, free to pursue dreams, travel,...

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Tips for this Season of Preparation and Cultivation With the transformation of the leaves and a cool, refreshing breeze, fall offers more than just Pumpkin Spice everything. It's an annual opportunity to contemplate your financial...

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Estate planning is not just about managing your assets or distributing wealth; it’s about leaving a legacy that lasts for generations. It’s a way to ensure that your hard-earned assets – and values – are preserved and passed down to...

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Use This Annual Reminder as an Opportunity to Strengthen Your Financial Future. Saving money isn't just a smart financial habit; it's an important step toward securing a prosperous and secure future. Mark your calendars! National...

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

With the final quarter of the year on the horizon, it's time to gear up for Q4 financial planning. The end of the year provides a unique opportunity to assess your financial landscape, recalibrate your goals, and set a course for a...

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The concept of wellness is used often, generally when referring to a balanced and fulfilling life overall. But what does it mean when someone refers to their financial wellness? Financial wellness encompasses all aspects of an...

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

As the seasons transition and we enter fall, it’s a great time to reflect on the importance of securing your loved ones’ future. September is primarily recognized as Life Insurance Awareness Month, a season dedicated to highlighting...

Thursday, September 7, 2023

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) plans are powerful tools for securing a financially stable retirement. However, misconceptions and myths can hinder individuals from making informed decisions about these essential...

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Your age significantly affects how much money you'll have during your retirement years, and different retirement benefits have different eligibility ages. Over the course of 23 years, from age 49 to 72, you'll need a financial...

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Retirement planning is essential to financial security in the latter half of life. An area that usually gets overlooked is healthcare expenses. While healthcare is necessary for retirees, it can often be the most significant unknown....

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

On August 16, 1977, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Elvis Presley, died of cardiac arrest. While many famous icons fail to plan for their estate properly, Elvis thankfully did so just five months before his sudden passing. However,...

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

As the anniversary of the Social Security bill being signed into law (August 14, 1935)[i] approaches, we’re reminded of the intricate workings of the U.S. tax system. Social Security, a vital program designed to provide financial...

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

On August 4, 1862, the U.S. collected income tax for the first time[i]. You may be ready to bid farewell to income tax obligations once you retire, but unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While the dynamics may shift, understanding...

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Retirement is a time when most people expect to enjoy the fruits of their labor, with financial security and a steady income from investments or savings. However, for some individuals, this period can present a unique financial...

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Long-term care planning is an important aspect of retirement planning that is often overlooked. As people are living longer and healthcare costs are increasing, it is crucial to consider the cost of long-term care in retirement...

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

A recent study by Investopedia found that Generation X’s biggest worry is retirement. The survey found that although many members of Gen X feel like they understand their finances, they are still concerned about transitioning into...

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Whether you’ve learned about annuities before or it’s your first time hearing about them, it’s important to first understand the basic concept and one of its simplest forms. In general, an annuity is a financial product that provides...

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Annuities can be an excellent addition to your financial and retirement portfolio, but it's essential to determine whether they're the right fit for you and your financial goals. Here are some ways to know if annuities are right for...

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

An annuity is an investment product that is designed to provide a guaranteed income stream for a predetermined period, often for the rest of one’s life. An annuity is typically purchased from an insurance company, and the purchaser...

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

June is Annuity Awareness Month, a time to educate individuals on the benefits and importance of annuities. If you’re new to annuities or need a refresher, keep reading to understand the basics of annuities.Basically, an annuity is a...

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Retirement is a major milestone in the life of every individual, and it is no different for high-net-worth individuals. If you’re one of these individuals, you may think that being comfortable means you can worry less about retirement...

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

529 Day is a holiday celebrated at the end of May, usually on May 29. It is a day dedicated to promoting and raising awareness for 529 college savings plans, a tax-advantaged way to save for college expenses, K-19 schooling expenses,...

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

You may have noticed that the economy after the pandemic has been volatile. And while there has been talk of a possible recession for a few years, we have yet to enter a traditional recession. A recession is defined as a consistent,...

Thursday, May 11, 2023

One investment and income strategy that can be useful when it comes to setting yourself up for retirement is one involving dividends. Dividends are regular payouts to shareholders based on the profits of the company. If you own some...

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Come springtime, you might be thinking about doing some spring cleaning, whether it’s cleaning out your garage, throwing out old items, or rearranging your furniture. However, it’s important not to forget to do some spring cleaning on...

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The concept of financial literacy refers to knowing the basics of financial concepts to make smart decisions. Specifically, financial literacy can help prevent costly mistakes that could derail your life plans, prepare you for...

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

In the world of retirement strategizing, the focus tends to be on 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions, or other retirement investment accounts. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about the traditional savings account.Savings accounts can have...

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

As an adult, you may have had tough learning moments when it comes to financial management. It could have been when you failed to pay your rent on time or got too deep in credit card debt. To keep your children or grandchildren from...

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Financial Literacy Month is not only a celebration, it’s a challenge to take care of your finances as best you can. This month can be your opportunity to review your finances and take a concerted approach to improve them. But what’s...

Thursday, March 30, 2023

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what if there’s a way to reduce the taxes I owe when I sell stocks or rebalance my portfolio?” then you should know about the tax-minimization strategy called tax-loss harvesting. It’s important to know...

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

You may not know it, but Social Security income is taxed! However, your tax burden isn’t simply a gross income tax, and there are unique factors that dictate your tax rate and overall tax liability. First, not all Social Security...

Thursday, March 16, 2023

In retirement, it’s not about receiving as much income as possible. During your working years, it might be, but when you’re the one paying yourself, it’s important not to turn your hard-earned savings into a large pile of income that’s...

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Thinking about investment strategy may conjure thoughts of stock trading, ticker symbols, brokerage accounts, and investment theses. But one of the most important factors in developing an investment strategy is the tax aspect.There are...

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Don’t wait until April to prepare your taxes! Tax filing preparation is an important process for individuals and businesses. It is the process of gathering, organizing, and submitting tax documents to the relevant tax authorities. The...

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

As the cost of higher education rises and the competition for spots at top colleges and universities steepens, you might wonder if it’s even worth it to make such a large investment in a college degree. The value of a college degree...

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Budgeting is one of, if not the most important life skill one can learn. As they grow up, you may have been able to teach them valuable budgeting and saving skills, but when they leave home for the first time, often to go to college,...

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Financial aid is a key piece of the college puzzle for many families. The sticker price of college in the US has gone up in the past decades, virtually across the board. What that means is financial aid is an increasingly important...

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

This month, the education community celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month often by sharing information with students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid. College and higher education costs can...

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

When you started out saving for retirement, you may have contributed to an IRA or 401(k) through your employer. In addition, you heard that your contributions were tax-deferred, and you’d have to pay taxes when you reached your 70s....

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Achieving a comfortable retirement often comes down to investment performance and tax burden. However, it’s a tricky task to balance investment gains with a tax-minimization plan. If you expect your investments to perform well, you may...

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Taxes may be one of your biggest concerns when it comes to retirement. Whether you’re well into your retirement or just starting to think about it, taxes can be one of the main factors in maximizing your savings to stretch all the way...

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

You may assume that there are no more tax minimization strategies to engage in after December 31. While most of your tax-lowering strategies do come before the new year, there are still steps you can take now, and all the way up until...

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

For some, especially during these tough market conditions, their retirement investments and savings may have declined. Due to this setback, your retirement timeline may have been pushed back, tightening your budget, making you work...

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Saving for large expenses, whether in retirement or during your working years, is a tall task. It often requires you to cut back on spending and find ways to maximize your income. However, in retirement, there are some key differences...

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

If you search the Internet for tips on financial strategies, you’ll see many general rules and broad advice that may apply to an “average” retirement saver or retiree. But the truth is, those general pieces of advice rarely apply to...

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

For many, the turn of the new year is a time to self-reflect and make resolutions. There’s no better time to assess your financial goals for the new year and beyond by following proper financial goal-setting practices. Setting...

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The 2020 pandemic put the spotlight on the in-facility long-term care (LTC) industry. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities experienced woeful staffing shortages and unsafe practices that put people’s loved ones at high risk of...

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Considering a nursing home for long-term care or elder care is one of the most difficult decisions you and your family can encounter. Whether you have a health risk and planning for a future in a nursing home or are considering a...

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Government assistance programs are a common option for people looking for healthcare coverage, especially over the age of 65. However, while Medicare covers a lot, even covering emergency hospital visits at no cost, it doesn’t cover...

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

This month marks Long-Term Care Awareness Month. We have the knowledge and tools these days to live healthily and happily throughout our lives. But as we age, we need to invest more in our health. That’s why it’s crucial to understand...

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

When the winter seasons come around, you’ll likely have to adjust your routines and prepare. If you’re in colder states you may be looking to purchase a new winter coat or snow boots, skiing equipment for your winter holidays, or you...

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

This Halloween season, you may be thinking about spending time with friends and family and planning fun Halloween events with them. You may not be thinking about all the nuances of your retirement strategy, but when you think about the...

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Healthcare is one of the largest expenses for people in retirement, but it’s not easy to budget for them. Sometimes, accidents happen, or certain health-related concerns can come out of nowhere. Because of how difficult it can be to...

Friday, October 7, 2022

With all this market volatility and inflation, talk about investment strategies and portfolio longevity seems to dominate the discussion on retirement. But one of the most important aspects of retirement is often overlooked: Medicare...

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Saving for retirement is a long-term endeavor. It’s not about finding the next hottest stock or getting rich quickly. This means that retirement requires a perspective on your wealth and income that accounts for your needs at different stages of your life, from the beginning of your working years through your retirement.
 
The Bucket Strategy is an investment strategy that separates your savings and investments into three buckets: the Risk Bucket, the Safe Bucket, and the Spend Bucket. Together, these buckets provide diversification of risk, but the key to the bucket strategy is the Risk Bucket funnels to the Safe Bucket, and then to the Spend Bucket over the course of your life as you age, and your risk tolerance decreases.
The Risk Bucket is for high-growth assets that may grow in value but could see significant pullbacks during a downturn. This bucket is usually favored when you have many years to recover from a downturn before utilizing your savings to cover your costs of living.
 
The Safe Bucket often refers to the assets you hold that may not have as great of an upside, but don’t have as much of a downside either. Depending on what your income goals and risk tolerance are, this bucket can provide you with dividend income or interest income that can supplement other forms of retirement income.
The Spend Bucket is the pool of money you use to pay for your costs of living. This usually consists of cash held in checking accounts, savings accounts, or short-term Certificate Deposit accounts (CDs). Social Security payments are also used in this bucket. During working years, this bucket is less of a concern, but come retirement, planning your income sources to fund this bucket is important.
To do the Bucket Strategy, gains from your Risk Bucket assets are withdrawn to your Safe Bucket assets at a rate that fits with your retirement timeline and risk tolerance. This allows you to build up your income-earning assets over time as your risk tolerance shifts.
The reason the Bucket Strategy may work well for retirement is that it’s built to weather downturns that are likely to happen throughout your life using diversification and timeline strategy. When a downturn occurs, it might affect your Risk Bucket the most, but because you either have time to recover or you’ve already built up a sizable Safe Bucket, the effects of a downturn are less than if you tried to time the market with one big transition from a risky strategy to a safe one. In addition, if you play it too safe and forgo your Risk Bucket, your savings can erode over time, not providing enough to retire on.

The Bucket Strategy is built to account for your needs at different stages of your life. But putting it into action is easier said than done. If you’re looking to build a retirement plan that’s structured to protect your savings and grow your savings over time, the Bucket Strategy might be for you. Get connected with our team today!

Friday, September 16, 2022

You’re probably familiar with the classic retirement accounts such as 401(k)s, IRAs, and pensions. But did you know there is a financial product out there that is customizable and can be tailored to your specific risks and financial goals?

An annuity is an insurance-based financial product that takes in payments from individuals and pays them back usually over a long period of time in a flow of payments or a lump sum when a certain event occurs, such as a specific time, age, or if an illness occurs. The insurance company can accept payments over time or in one lump sum as well. The money in it is invested by the financial institution and grows until the date that the payments are to be distributed to the beneficiary or account owner.

An annuity can provide regular payments from a fixed-rate, variable, or indexed annuity.

Fixed-rate annuities often take the form of a singular lump sum that is structured to provide you a set amount of income periodically. It’s not exposed to any market risk, its payout rates are fixed, and its principal value does not grow or decline.

Variable annuities are market-exposed annuities. These annuities have more risk involved and their payout amounts usually factor in the portfolio performance. The amount invested in a variable annuity can grow or decline.

Index annuities are market-exposed annuities but track a diversified index of stocks or equities. These types of annuities are a middle ground between some of the riskier assets that go into a variable annuity and the risk-averse, non-market-exposed fixed annuity.

Though annuities may seem complicated, the basic idea is simple. An insurance company receives a fixed or variable income stream for a predetermined period, or for life, in exchange for money in return.

With your retirement accounts, such as your 401(k)s, IRAs, or Roth IRAs, there are annual contribution limits and age restrictions that are meant to have your money used in a specific way regardless of your unique circumstance. With an annuity, the main benefit is that it is structured to be tailored to your unique needs.

It’s important to know that any guarantees, like interest or market protection, are backed by the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Taxes are one of the most important things to consider when it comes to your retirement. You’ll likely have several sources of income in retirement that can be taxed, such as IRA distributions and Social Security benefits. But is your...

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Ever wonder what type of life insurance is best for you? It depends on various factors, including how long you want the policy to last, how much you're willing to pay, and if you wish to use the policy as an investment vehicle. Let's...

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Long-term care is generally the most significant question mark when saving the optimal amount for your retirement years. According to Financial Professional Barry Bigelow, “statistically, if you're a married couple, there's a 25%...

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Let’s talk about tax brackets. They aren’t straight across the board but graduated based on income, meaning most taxpayers fall into more than one bracket. Current tax brackets are 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%, and you could...

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Have you ever considered that saving for college is different than saving for your long-term retirement?Let’s start with the fact that, when saving for college, you’re saving for a specific year (the year of high school graduation)....

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Investopedia conducted a survey of 4,000 US adults in January and February of 2022 which included 1,000 individuals from each generation to better understand their financial literacy by generation. Side note: Seeing other generations’...

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The average couple retiring today needs a whopping $315,000 to cover the cost of health care throughout their retirement.1 You’ll want to plan for those future health costs. Have you considered that your HSA (Health Savings Account)...

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

ForbesAdvisor.com recently reported, “According to a 2020 survey from Allianz, nearly half of Americans are worried that rising prices in retirement will cause basic expenses to be unaffordable once they stop working. But there’s an...

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Every generation views their situation differently, from fashion to food to finance, and currently, there are seven defined generations. Let’s see how their views differ on finances and if you line up with your generation.1910-1927 The...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

For young couples just getting started, new commitments, such as buying their first home or having children, bring with them the responsibility of making sure their loved ones are financially covered. Life insurance can help loved ones...

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Are you considering retiring before your full retirement age? Then you’re a part of the FIRE Movement, also known in long-form as "Financial Independence, Retire Early.” The Movement requires you to accumulate enough wealth to support...

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Many Americans underestimate the impact that caring for a loved one can have on their lives, marriage, work, and finances. In a column by Michelle Singletary, a Washington Post columnist, an “AARP study found that three-quarters of...

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A 401(k) is a common savings tool for many working Americans. It’s an easy way to save and generally comes with the benefit of employer matching. But are you really clear on where your money is invested and if it’s the optimal place...

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

We’ve all seen the commercials for checking your credit score, and some even talk about ways to boost it, but if you’re over 50 and well established, does the number really matter that much? According to the FICO® Score model, the...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

According to Annuity.org, there are multiple reasons Americans are investing billions into annuities. There’s much talk around annuities regarding retirement planning, which leaves the conversation open to a lot of questions and...

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

If the fear of outliving your retirement savings haunts you, then looking into income sources that can keep going as long as you do may not be such a bad idea. One way to potentially alleviate this financial anxiety is to consider an...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Insurance gets a bad rap and, as policies go, life insurance might be at the top of the list. But we’d like it to be on the top of your list for another reason. We often think of insurance as a means to paying for funeral expenses, but...

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Medical liability is a pervasive concern for physicians because of the potential effects of a settlement and the costs of fighting a prolonged and costly legal battle. While laws capping tort damages have been effective in some states,...

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Most of the nation’s teachers and K-12 educational employees are members of their state’s public pension plans. After years of service, these plans have promised a secure retirement for educators and support staff. Unfortunately, a...

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Your first line of defense against potential litigation will likely be insurance in the form of an “umbrella policy.” Your financial professional can help with the right coverage but be prepared for a policy that’s at least equal to...

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

An annuity is an insurance product that pays out guaranteed income and can be used as part of a retirement strategy. The income you receive from an annuity can come monthly, quarterly, annually, or even in a lump sum payment. But what...

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

According to IRS Revenue Procedure 2020-45, a couple age 70 or older who both have the right kind of long-term care insurance policy can deduct as much as $11,280 in 2021 an increase of $420 from the $10,860 limit for 2020. Essentially...

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 430,411 new business applications in January 2022.2 Starting a business sometimes comes with a learning curve that can trip you up, so it makes sense to get as many things as right as...

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

One of the most complex parts of preparing for retirement is thinking about life where working and building income isn’t the main focus. At times you may become so overwhelmed thinking about saving for an unknown future that you end up...

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, all 50 states and the District of Columbia transitioned to telemedicine, in part due to state emergency orders that mandated the coverage of telehealth visits and waived requirements...

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

It’s no surprise that couples disagree throughout their marriage. For the most part, those differences can be resolved relatively quickly, but common ground can feel very far off when it comes to estate planning. A few critical...

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Wills and trusts are both estate-planning tools that can help ensure your assets are protected and bequeathed to your heirs. However, the transfer process becomes more involved when passing wealth to a subsequent generation. We highly...

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

It’s tax season for you and a veritable identity gold mine for thieves! Empowered with a name and Social Security number, crafty thieves can open credit cards, take out loans, wipe out your bank account and even file a tax return in...

Monday, February 28, 2022

Annuities can be mysterious. You might even feel like they come with a hidden agenda, which could explain why you’re not too interested in adding them to your portfolio. But as we get closer to our 60’s and live longer, now might be...

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A combination of rising wages and inflation is threatening to push some taxpayers into higher tax brackets this year, which means you could owe more to Uncle Sam come 2023’s filing season. With inflation at its highest level in nearly...

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Since taking office, President Biden has expressed his intention to close the step-up in basis loophole as a means to debt reduction. For some investors, this causes alarm as they were planning to use this loophole to leave investments...

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Identity theft isn’t a new phenomenon; however, the face of identity theft has changed dramatically. Over the years it’s evolved with the technology and economic landscape that surrounds it. Understanding your exposure and staying...

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

If you’re getting Social Security retirement benefits, some members of your family may also qualify to receive benefits on your record. Your ex-spouse or spouse may receive a monthly payment of up to one-half of your retirement benefit...

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

There are many benefits of being self-employed, but sometimes it can feel as though there are just as many hindrances. Many owners consider staying abreast of tax laws and changes tedious and frustrating, so partnering with an expert...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

It’s not often that the IRS provides a tax-free option for your money—so when it happens, it’s a good advantage to take. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is the one program that offers you three different tax benefits. Most people think...

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Happy New Year! It’s a new year, a new you, and a new time to do things differently—like your taxes. Tax-filing season is officially here, and there are many things you can do to be prepared and organized. Here are a few simple tips...

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security Act (CARES Act) provides relief to self-employed people by delaying the Social Security tax payment due in 2020 for two more years. Specifically, individuals were allowed to defer 50%...

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Small businesses need suitable types of insurance to protect assets against damage and legal claims. While most business owners hope they’ll never have to rely on insurance, the truth is, it’s an essential investment. It could make the...

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

There’s a potential game-changer being discussed when it comes to retirement savings. It’s called SECURE Act 2.0 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act), and it’s intended to help more Americans ensure they’ll have...

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Internet is your entrance to the marketplace for the world from the comfort of your home or office. There are safety concerns to address when it comes to identity theft and fraud because organized identity theft groups constantly...

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

If you're one of America's 64 million Social Security beneficiaries, you might want to prepare yourself for a significant pay raise. According to the Social Security Administration, the annual cost-of-living (COLA) benefits increase...

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

It's Long-Term Care Awareness Month, and it might also be time for you to purchase your insurance plan. Insurance can be costly and confusing, but it's also necessary to avoid wiping out your retirement savings. Knowing what you need...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

It's Long-Term Care (LTC) Awareness Month, and whether you're in the market now or just curious about insurance coverage choices for the future, it's important to know where, why, and how to get answers. There are three main options...

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

According to a February 2021 Barron's article, there will be 60% more elderly population by 2030. That's less than a decade away, which means now is the time to talk about care planning. If you're an annuity owner, chances are you're...

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Let's start with the most echoed statement on the web: Americans are living longer but aren't necessarily healthier, leading to health problems later in life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 69% of people...

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Annuities are one way to generate a lifetime income, save for retirement, and leave a financial legacy. However, there are three main types of annuities—fixed, variable, and indexed—so selecting the right one for you can get...

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Social Security is neutral with respect to gender—individuals with identical earnings histories are treated the same in terms of benefits. This information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) highlights how the Social...

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

According to the FINRA website: power of attorney is a legal document you sign to grant someone you trust with authority to make decisions on your behalf. You must sign when you're still mentally competent for your power of attorney to...

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Medicare open enrollment – also known as Medicare's annual election period – runs from October 15 through December 7. During this window, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage and make changes or purchase new policies...

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

While life insurance is designed to benefit your loved ones after you pass away, it also helps them and you before that time comes by way of something known as living benefits. Living benefit options for term life include: Accelerated...

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Ever wonder what type of life insurance is best for you? It's going to depend on a variety of factors, including how long you want the policy to last, how much you're willing to pay, and if you wish to use the policy as an investment...

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Many small-to-medium-sized business owners don't recognize how beneficial a life insurance policy can be to the success of their business. Whole life insurance can help companies break free from traditional bank loans, benefit their...

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The best time to apply for life insurance is when you're young, healthy, and not likely to need it soon. The reason is simple: The younger you are, the lower your life insurance premium will likely be due to your probable lack of...

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Life can be full of surprises, and you want to be ready for whatever lies ahead. Through life insurance, you can prepare for the unexpected by providing financial security for your loved ones in the event of your death. An important...

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act fundamentally changed the rules governing distributions from inherited retirement accounts. Inheriting an IRA or 401(k) under the new administration could create...

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Each type of retirement benefit has a different eligibility age. Your age plays a significant role in how much you can expect to receive from Social Security and what you need to do to avoid retirement account penalties. Key Milestones...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

If you're 62 or older – and want money to pay off your mortgage, supplement your income, or pay for healthcare expenses – you may consider a reverse mortgage. It allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without...

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Pre-tax contributions, tax-free withdrawals, and tax-free gains = the Holy Grail of savings opportunities. If you estimate yourself at the 25% tax bracket when you retire, and you put $60,000 into a savings account, you lose $15,000 to...

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2021 could be the pivotal year for how businesses operate moving forward. Will they offer employees a work from home option, will Zoom meetings be standard procedure, will telehealth replace typical doctor visits? The answers are still...

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

There's much to be said for taking care of your health, and you should make caring for your wealth part of your focus, too, as it directly correlates. In fact, the American Journal of Public Health confirms that Americans at lower...

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The 2019 Employee Wellness survey by PwC found that 73% of Millennials, 70% of Generation X, and 61% of Baby Boomers think health care costs will adversely affect their retirement. If a healthy 65-year-old couple retiring in 2019...

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

"Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations." The saying is true, and the cycle is real. As the expression indicates, after the buying, the building, and the selling, there's rarely anything left of a family's wealth for the...

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

For many, owning a business is the American dream come true, and making management decisions that grow your business brings about well-deserved feelings of accomplishment. Playing devil's advocate here—did you decide to use any of your...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Carrying consumer debt into retirement can quickly reduce the monthly cash flow available to spend on healthcare, travel, and leisure activities or could necessitate drawing down retirement accounts faster than planned. Either...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Over 99% of America's 28.7 million firms are small businesses, and 88% have fewer than 20 employees. After the year of COVID, many can't wait for a Government stimulus to bail them out and are instead looking for ways to fund their...

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Many families have plans to give their children and grandchildren financial gifts when they die, but it might make sense to gift earlier. Making financial gifts during your lifetime can significantly impact their lives, sometimes when...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Every year the federal government decides how much of your estate isn't subject to taxes when you die. This year, thanks to inflation, it increased to $11.7 million. This means, when you pass away, the value of your estate is...

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Millennials are victims of many stereotypes, but the one that portrays them positively suggests they're a planning generation. They research and collaborate and plan for all life's major decisions, and their long-term care (LTC) isn't...

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Candidates run campaigns on promises and plans, but that doesn't mean they ever come to fruition. The Biden administration will maintain a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate for at least the next two years, giving him...

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Does your estate plan include transferring your wealth onto your family? Have you looked over potential tax implications? It's important to understand that your beneficiaries may be in for sticker shock when they receive a tax bill...

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Guaranteed returns, you ask? Yes, but it's complicated – one simple word can make a big difference. If you have a fixed annuity, you get a fixed rate of return. If you add one simple word "indexed" creating a fixed indexed annuity,...

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

We spend years of our life working and saving for that retirement dream, and as you get closer, it's important to take all steps to preserve your nest egg. Perhaps a move across state lines will help in that endeavor. Some states don't...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Cryptocurrency is a form of digital payment that can be exchanged online for goods and services. Many companies have issued their own currencies, often called tokens, and these can be traded specifically for the good or service that...

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for benefits would be 1.3%. Here's a closer look at some of the most significant changes affecting Social Security recipients...

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Financial Literacy Month suggests it's time to take advantage of available tools, resources, and tips for financial education that can help increase your financial success. This month put yourself back in the driver's seat! Do a...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Don't overlook the benefits that annuities provide during your retirement planning years. Yes, some myths make them appear to be a lousy choice, but there are reasons to trust in financial insight rather than the Google results on the...

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The loose definition of a financial professional is someone that provides insight intended to lead to a better outcome for your financial future. The workings of their daily routine include everything from planning to building your...

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) option, the benefits are worth the investment. The tax benefits of an HSA magnify the advantage of investing in, say, stock funds or diversified mutual funds. First, your contribution is...

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Retirees face multiple income traps, and many retired taxpayers will see a portion of their Social Security income make its way onto the taxable income line of their 1040s. Those who convert their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs are...

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season started on Friday, February 12, 2021, but it’s important to note that the filing deadline wasn’t extended. The February 12 start date for individual tax return filers...

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

As if the 2008 recession wasn’t rough enough, hardships struck millennials again in 2020. Already facing professional and financial challenges, including a dismal job market, sky-high levels of student debt, and soaring living costs,...

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Imagine if Goldilocks was planning her retirement: “this date is too early” and “this date is too late” but “this date is just right”! Sweet retirement can’t come soon enough for some of us, but it’s important to know precisely when...

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Your business’s success is in your hands when you're self-employed, so you need to be knowledgeable about and take advantage of whatever assistance is available—especially when it comes to lowering your tax bill. It’s commonly known...

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The face of identity theft has changed dramatically, evolving with the technology and economic landscape surrounding it. Understanding your exposure and staying informed of the trends and methods that thieves use to steal from you is...

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places...

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

This past year highlighted small businesses more than any other. The impact from a struggling economy has not gone unnoticed and the support from local shoppers has made the difference between open and closed for many small business...

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now certified their presidential election results, and President-Elect Joe Biden will drive our next four years. What does that mean for your investments as you move closer to retirement?...

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Happy New Year! It’s a new year, a new you, and a new time to do things differently—like your taxes. Tax-filing season is officially here, and there are many things you can do to be prepared and organized. Here are a few simple tips...

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Did you know it’s possible for your tax bill to go up once you retire? One possible reason: A portion of your Social Security benefits could be taxed. Another possibility: Your tax-deferred retirement account tax bill comes due when...

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that the 2021 annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for benefits will be 1.3%. That's a small but essential increase for millions of beneficiaries who will see a rise in...

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Go beyond maxing out your employee 401(k) to find the opportunities that could save you your hard-earned cash when it comes to paying taxes. Minimize the use of Active Management for Brokerage Accounts.The more you trade, the more...

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Are you wondering if you can deduct your credit card interest this tax season to move to a lower tax bracket? The answer is most likely no. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Trump in 2017 was the biggest overhaul of the...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In addition to the emotional high that giving to those you care about brings, giving can now also be a savvy tax move for families with substantial wealth. That’s because both the present value and any potential growth of the...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Consider this: about 70% of Americans will require long-term care, long-term care facilities cost between $80,000-$150,000 annually, and the average stay is approximately 3 years. Those figures all add up to one thing; it’s time to...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7, 2020, and there are a lot of changes that will impact Medicare Advantage plans and Part D coverage options for those ages 65+. Premium and deductible costs – The standard premium for Medicare...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Should you develop a health condition that requires part- or full-time care, and your health insurance doesn’t cover the costs, how will you pay for what you need? Answer: Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCi). The U.S. Department of Health...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

As we head toward the finish line of 2020 and gear up for 2021, setting goals and getting your life in order should be a priority. One of the best places to start is by understanding your net worth and determining if you are on track...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

You have worked hard to build up your retirement savings, but you can’t keep retirement funds in your account indefinitely. However, thanks to the recent SECURE Act, if your 70th birthday is July 1, 2019 or later, you can delay taking...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment starts October 15, 2020 and if you’re new to Medicare or if you need to review and make changes, it’s time to talk with your financial professional to ensure your future medical needs will be covered....

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Social Security (SS) faces a financial challenge from the impending retirement of the largest generation in American history, the 76 million people born in the “baby boom” years (1946 through 1964). These boomers began to hit...

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

For most families, navigating elder care decisions falls somewhere between adult siblings happily gathering together and planning for their parent’s future and siblings who barely speak making rash decisions in an effort to end a...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2020 came in like a hurricane and it’s still stirring up the landscape nine months later. Unemployment is at an all-time high and consumer spending at its lowest. Any changes from this year’s election won’t come in time to get your...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The elections are coming up fast and with the current state of the country, we can expect a lot of changes to take place soon after the election, regardless of the outcome. Many of these changes will impact you financially so you want...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

With COVID-19 at the forefront of everyone’s mind, many who have been holding off on estate planning are now prompted to quickly finalize estate plans so they will have something in place should illness or worse come calling. Without...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

For young couples just getting started, new commitments, such as buying your first home or having children, bring with them the responsibility of making sure your loved ones will be provided for financially. Life insurance can help...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

If the fear of outliving your retirement savings really haunts you, then looking into income sources that will keep going as long as you do may not be such a bad idea. You can potentially alleviate this financial anxiety by considering...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Election years historically bring uncertainty to the stock market, and uncertainty often translates to economic volatility. While the changing of the guard will have an impact on your retirement, changes you make today can determine if...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Have you discovered the value of podcasts for financial insight? Gaining outside perspectives is a smart way to look at your financial future. There are podcasts for all ages, genres, and cultures and they can be fiction or nonfiction...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

As we head into the second half of 2020, you may notice a change in the way investment plans are presented to you by your financial advisor. The SEC implemented a new ruling called Regulation Best Interest (REG BI) that is aimed at...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced it has expanded retirement fund withdrawal eligibility to "take into account additional factors such as reductions in pay, rescissions of a job offer, and delayed start dates." The updated...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Select premium credit cards often come with a concierge service benefit and most cardholders don’t know or don’t take advantage of the service. Much like having an assistant at the office, a concierge can do the legwork for your...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is colossal and everyone is feeling the impact. We all know someone who needs extra care during this pandemic. Do you have the financial resources and peace of mind in place to help? Perhaps you are a child...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Everyone ages and, as a result, they eventually need personal and medical care in a comfortable living environment. Seniors are tasked with deciding what their care will look like and where they want to wake up each morning. With...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

For some, the onset of COVID-19 brought about a much-needed reprieve from the traditional Spring tax deadlines. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the deadline for all taxpayers to July 15, 2020. Anyone, including Americans...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

These days women not only have to worry about balancing their duties as a family manager, but must focus on their own identity as financial contributors as well. Despite being great savers and increasingly influential in the workforce,...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

“I’m getting a divorce.” When one hears that statement, the first thought that frequently comes to mind is prepare for an emotional roller coaster and all the expenses that come with it. Every divorce is emotionally and financially...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Did you know that Medicare typically doesn’t cover nursing homes or any in-home care? According to statistics, someone turning 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care assistance.1 This includes...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

With warmer temperatures, longer days, and spending more time at home, summer may be the prime time for home renovations. Whether it’s repainting your home, building a backyard deck, or remodeling the kitchen, modifications can not...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

When it comes to growing and preserving wealth, it’s important to bear in the mind the volatility of the markets and how it could impact your retirement income. Fortunately, there are ways to help shield your savings from market woes....

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Not too long ago, everything was normal and seemingly under control. Since then, the spread of the pathogen has shaken the foundation of the world we once knew and exposed the vulnerabilities of our health care systems. On March 26,...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Over the past several months, the pandemic has led many Americans to financial hardships. Individuals are fearful of how they’ll meet their financial obligations. The stimulus package may help alleviate some of the concerns, but what...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

In response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act contains a number of essential measures important to the financial security of the American population. This far-reaching legislation offers protection and...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Kids and grandkids are out of school and many of us are looking for ways to keep them occupied and on track with their schooling. Below are a few free resources that you can use with your loved ones to explore the world with a simple...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Could COVID-19 change our lives forever? Undoubtedly so. The viral outbreak has absolutely upended our lives. With the stock market meltdown that began on February 20, 2020 and panicked headlines dominating the news, the financial...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Many of us are adapting to this new COVID-19-induced environment. While it can serve as a disruption, one can still be very productive in our work. To help you settle in and feel more in control of your own work while at home, we...

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A pandemic poses a number of challenges that not only harms our health and our communities, but also our economies. As we’ve witnessed, the rapid-moving pathogen COVID-19 has brought daily lives of tens of millions of people to a...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The coronavirus is keeping us indoors, but you may still have to step out for essential errands like grocery shopping, grabbing take-out meals or picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy. As you’re venturing out, be cautious of...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has shook the financial stability of millions of Americans. In addition to mortgage relief, many financial institutions of all sizes, including Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citi, and Fifth Third...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

With uncertainty swirling over the coronavirus (COVID-19), the markets are undoubtedly taking a hit. And while market volatility can be unsettling, it’s times like these when it’s important to remember we’re always keeping a watchful...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise, Americans are seeing their hours cut, jobs disappearing, and expenses adding up. While the situation remains grim and many are waiting to return to work, homeowners are...

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing. As your entrusted financial professionals, we value not only the financial health of our clients and their families, but also...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax deadline is being extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.1 This allows three additional months for taxpayers to file...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The federal tax deadline of Wednesday, July 15 (recently extended in response to COVID-191) will be here sooner than you think. And many of you may be excited about the possibility of receiving a sizable refund. After filing taxes,...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

If you’re feeling behind when it comes to retirement savings, you’re not alone. A surprising 70% of Americans are either falling short or don’t know where they stand.1 If you find yourself in this predicament, it’s time to stop...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As we get older and become frailer, we may find ourselves needing help with everyday activities that’s as simple as getting dressed, eating, or getting in and out of bed. Even if we’re healthy, accidents may necessitate assistance with...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

If there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on, it’s not wanting to pay taxes. After all, who wants to give up their hard-earned money to the government? The retirement savings gap is a multifaceted issue for many working people....

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Life insurance proceeds can allow the bereaved to properly grieve without worrying about money. It gives families the financial protection that’s needed for potential funeral costs, living expenses, or even their financial future. If...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

After working hard all your life and planning diligently to achieve financial independence, the last thing you want is having to fork over a large percentage of your income to the IRS. Even when you’ve left the workforce, taxes will...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Since its inception on August 14, 1935, Social Security has been instrumental in providing a foundation of income for many American retirees. Not only are Americans falling behind on savings for retirement, but Social Security was...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The retirement landscape is constantly in flux as Americans adapt to the ever-changing financial environment. On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act as...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

As you’re making resolutions to do things better in the new year, here are three resolutions to ensure your estate plan is where it should be in 2020: Resolve to have an estate plan in place. According to a survey, 57% of U.S. adults...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

When planning for retirement, annuities can be critical to your strategy. They can provide a guaranteed stream of monthly payments that’ll last the rest of your life. Even though annuities may come in all shapes and sizes, here are...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Saving is something many people wish to do more of, but a study finds 58% of Americans have less than $1,000 tucked away in their savings.1 Because we live in a society of consumerism and consumption, we spend beyond our means and have...