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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

When it comes to annuities, misinformation surrounds them. To help you make a sound decision on whether or not an annuity is right for you, here’s the truth behind some of the most common misconceptions:They’re only for retirees. While...

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

When it comes to retirement, both men and women face many risks. However, women are faced with greater financial obstacles:Living longer. It’s a known fact that women enjoy a longer lifespan than their male counterparts. As a matter of...

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

For many of us, we look forward to this time of year where we can expect some extra money in our pockets. The sooner we file, the sooner we can receive our tax refund. And you can do so by filing electronically, requesting your refund...

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Many of us look forward to our golden days, the days where we can simply kick back, relax, and do a lot more things we didn’t have time for during our days of labor. How comfortable and secure your retirement will be depends on how...

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Running out of money in retirement is a worry for many people. In fact, 55% of baby boomers and 57% of Generation X expressed outliving their savings is one of their greatest fears. 47% of millennials also have similar concerns.1...

 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Making the decision to place your spouse, partner, or family member in long-term care (LTC) might be one of the hardest decisions in your life. Nobody wants to think about putting their loved ones in assisted care. For many, it is a...

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Filing season for the 2018 tax year is officially underway. To help you stay organized as you prepare to file, use the checklist below to gather all the forms and documents you’ll need.1Identification for You and Your SpouseFull...

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nearly 50 percent of Americans aren’t prepared for retirement.1 However, there’s still time to catch up. Here’s some insight on how you can better position yourself for securing a happy retirement:Pay off large debts. By focusing on...

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

It’s January of the New Year and other than starting fresh and enduring frigid temperatures, tax season has arrived. Below are some of the 2018 tax deduction changes you should know when filing in 2019.1Medical and dental expenses. You...

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Every birthday is special – but these are particularly important in your retirement journey.1 Here are some age milestones to keep in mind:Age 55 – Penalty-free distributions allowed from 401(k), if retiredAge 59 ½ – Penalty-free...

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We are officially in 2019, and there’s no better time to start fresh with your finances than now by laying out your goals for the New Year. Follow these simple tips below to help your financial year start off on the...

 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

You’ve worked hard this year and it’s that time of the year again for New Year’s Resolutions. And for many of us, that means getting your finances in order. Follow the calendar below to track important deadlines and notices for your...

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

There are millions of different ways a person can get themselves to be financially-stable in retirement, but what is the ideal way? Through examining studies and compiling expert opinions, MarketWatch came up with an ideal timeline for...

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Now’s the time to observe your entire financial situation. The new year is upon us, so it’s only smart to start looking towards next year so you aren’t caught off-guard. Follow this quick tips and be on your way to a current financial...

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There are some things in life that are just worth knowing. Retirement terms is one of those things. Regardless if you’re far off from retirement or in the middle of it, it pays to understand some common retirement lingo, so you’re not...

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Many factors come into play when you consider an annuity. They come in various shapes and sizes, so it’s important to know which questions to ask to come away with the right annuity for you. We’ve compiled a list of questions you’ll...

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In retirement, annuities can be an essential part of your income strategy. They can provide guaranteed income for as long as you live, and are often a great way to supplement income from the likes of a pension or Social Security....

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

If retirement is in your future, listen up: A secure retirement plan isn’t just about savings, it’s about generating income, too. If you’re focusing only on your retirement savings, you likely will miss out on the retirement you want...

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Do annuities and retirement go hand-in-hand? Not always. But, annuities do serve as a great way to secure income in retirement, especially under certain conditions. Here are four situations where annuities make most sense in retirement...

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A recent study found that there were 16.7 million victims of identity theft in 2017, combining for a total loss of $16.8 billion.1 Still to this day, one of the most effective ways to prevent identity theft is to spot and stop the...

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sending a child off to college? Sit down together and go over these important financial issues before dropping him or her off for the semester.Get your student set up with a credit card.If your child doesn't already have a credit card,...

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There are some things in life that are just worth knowing. Retirement terms is one of those things. Regardless if you’re far off from retirement or in the middle of it, it pays to understand some common retirement lingo, so you’re not...

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How much do you know about Social Security in 2018? Because of the program’s complexity, chances are you don’t know every little piece of information. These four facts serve to fill in some gaps in your Social Security knowledge. If...

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

If you’re retired or nearing retirement, you know how long you’ve been saving for your best years. Are you ready to manage your distributions well and budget correctly? If not, you may run out of money. Consider this tips when you’re...

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

With retirees living longer than ever before, it’s becoming more and more important to accrue enough savings during your working years to help you live the retirement you deserve. The three strategies below can help you get your...

 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

There are many types of annuities, but immediate annuities are one of the most popular options. These annuities are purchased with one lump-sum payment and begin paying out the agreed-upon amount right away. But, to be sure this...

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Technology today allows for access to more information and choices than ever before across all industries – and financial advisory is no different. But, before you think about trying the next up-and-coming “robot advisor”, consider...

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Did you know that 65% of Americans end up saving little or nothing at all? And only 39% can cover a $1,000 emergency. This begs the question, are you saving enough money? Here’s four signs that you need to be saving more.You don’t have...

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Converting your individual retirement account (IRA) into an annuity can be an excellent way of supplying yourself with a steady income stream for the rest of your life. That doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, though. Here’s two pros and...

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Social Security is meant to lead people into a comfortable, stress-free retirement. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t encounter some unchartered territory along the way. These tips should help you navigate Social Security with greater...

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Estate planning is no easy task. There’s a lot of time and energy put into each plan. Every estate plan is unique, but unfortunately, the same mistakes occur. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these three classic mistakes are...

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The reality is many Americans – about 50 percent – aren’t prepared for retirement. If you don’t have enough saved up for your golden years, there is one way to catch up relatively quickly. Work a little longer. We know, we know, it’s...

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You may have heard about fixed indexed annuities (FIAs) through the news, your friends or family, or perhaps your financial advisor…but do you know what they offer? Here’s four important characteristics of FIAs. FIAs allow people to...

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Most of our lives are spent saving for retirement, but when the time comes, how do you turn that nest egg you’ve created into a steady income? We’ve broken down three ways. 1. Annuitization. Income annuities take a lump sum of cash...

 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Americans routinely report being anxious about their money and retirement plans. Today, over 50% of American adults report being either “very” or “moderately” worried about retiring with too little money. How can you achieve a...

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Even though required minimum distributions (RMDs) are due by the end of the year, there’s some practicality in taking advantage of your RMDs earlier rather than later. Here’s three reasons why taking RMDs out early can be advantageous:...

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The “bucket” savings strategy has been gaining traction in recent years, but is it right for you? The idea is simple: have three “buckets” of money where you save – one for now, one for soon, and one for later. Assets are then...

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Annuities have been a hot commodity in recent years but can sometimes get a bad reputation. While annuities aren’t for everyone, there are situations where annuities may be the best option available, especially as you near retirement....

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It’s that time of year—Uncle Sam is asking for money again. If you’ve kept up with the news, you probably know the tax laws have changed a bit. Here’s five important changes you should know before Tax Day. 1. Standard deductions...

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It’s not for everyone. But, if it’s possible for you, there’s a few great reasons to start collecting Social Security once you hit the age of 62. Check out the reasons below and see if it seems right for you. Reason #1: You may have to...

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Whether you're aware of them or not, there are some substantial benefits to having a 401(k) plan. Here are four benefits that make these plans worth having. 1. Payroll deduction. At the surface it may not seem ideal, but in reality,...

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A lot of people ask, “When should I start my estate planning?” The shorter answer is: it’s never too early. There’s lots of ways to go about planning, but generally there are three main steps to be followed when you start: Start by...

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The new year has begun, and with it, some tweaks and changes have been made to Social Security that its beneficiaries may notice. Here’s a look at what you can expect if you’re a beneficiary in 2018: A higher tax cap. Workers will now...

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Annuities: insurance contracts that offer guaranteed income, usually for life. Some even have capital appreciation. But, you probably already knew that. Do you know the five primary types of annuities, though? Each is unique, and all...

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A new year brings with it lots of excitement, but also a lot of uncertainty. As a family, are you taking to necessary steps to set achievable, realistic financial goals for 2018 that will help remove any uncertainty from your personal...

 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Giving to charities is a great way to help out your community and give back during the holiday season. Charitable gifting can take many forms, from cash donations to even donated appreciated assets. And individual donations make up...

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Financial information can often include confusing industry jargon and lingo. But understanding your financial details can help you use better judgment to make decisions. We are continuing our guide to help you get a hold of common...

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No matter your stage in life, saving money is essential to ensure you can afford your lifestyle. Yet, Americans have a money-savings problem: 69% of people do not have $1,000 in savings.[1] Without this financial buffer, we end up...

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Losing a loved one and life partner is a devastating experience that no one can fully predict. Despite the emotional heaviness one must navigate, another pressing topic requires attention: finances. Knowing how to move forward in your...

 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Financial literacy in America is staggeringly low. The U.S. ranks 14th on a global scale of financial literacy, and 1 in 5 teenagers do not have basic financial skills.[1] Helping our younger loved ones to understand the...

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

So, you have sent the kids off on their own and now find yourself an empty nester. This new life stage brings quieter vibes in the house and less multitasking to manage. But beyond the physical changes, you also have new financial...

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summertime is nearly here, along with running ACs, cooling off at the pool, and other quintessential summer actions returning across the country. Beyond the temperature increase, summer can also bring increased spending. Here are some...

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Have a new college graduate? Give your loved one the gift of financial readiness. The time of year is here when budding college graduates go out into the world to make their career dreams and goals a reality. Yet despite their new...

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When retirees have policies such as annuities, they receive distributions from these investments that can provide them with income. As such, when you hold annuities, you can typically elect different ways to receive this money, and...

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

When you are planning for retirement, creating a strategy to receive ongoing income is an important way to help ensure you can maintain the quality of life you desire. Annuities can be a helpful tool for many investors, due to the...