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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...

 

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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...

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Life insurance isn’t just for those married with children, single adults without children can benefit from it, too. When you’re single, healthy, and childless, a life insurance policy is probably the last thing on your mind. You might...

 

Monday, January 6, 2020

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...

 

Monday, December 23, 2019

The New Year marks the opportunity for a new beginning. It’s a time to reflect, refresh, and recommit. A great way to start may be with solid financial resolutions that can help you reach your goals. You can start by making a list, but...

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The average age most Americans expect to retire is 66, but there are a number of people settling into their golden years early. Planning for a traditional retirement isn’t always that simple and striving to retire early requires even...

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Many of us get so caught up in the holiday madness that we toss our budget aside and fall into what seems to be a never-ending spending cycle. Last year’s report shows about 51% of Americans overspent their budget on holiday gifts and...

 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

As we set our eyes on the new year, it’s an ideal time to sit down and review your financial strategy. Take a few moments to review some of these deadlines and take advantage of the opportunity to grow your wealth and better position...

 

Friday, November 1, 2019

We all have financial responsibilities that can become a balancing act. Some that are significant to us while others aren’t. With competing financial obligations, there never seems to be enough money to go around and retirement becomes...

 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Today, Americans 65 and older are more likely to be working than in 1985. More than 20% are working part- or full-time, and the numbers are projected to continue climbing, according to a recent study.1 Reasons for working longer? There...

 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Every day, thousands of baby boomers are reaching their retirement age. A report revealed the U.S. population age 65 or older has increased by at least 50 million people in the last ten years.1 With the growth of the retirement...

 

Friday, November 1, 2019

If you’re like most people, you don’t like the thought that you might need long-term care (LTC) at some point in your life. Today, there’s a 70% chance that you’ll be needing some type of LTC service when you turn age 65.1 However, LTC...

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It’s a fact that many Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement with 69% only having 10% or less of their income saved.1 Reasons? They’re clouded by many misconceptions that leads them to ignoring the steps needed to secure their...

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Life insurance may seem bewildering at first glance, but it can be very simple. This insurance serves the purpose of lessening the financial burden on the family when a loved one passes away. If you have anyone that relies on you...

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Retirement might sound like a far-off dream, but it’ll become reality sooner than you think. You’ve worked hard for it and if planned right, you can enjoy the retirement that you’ve always envisioned. Here are a few tips that can have...

 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In the past few months, we’ve witnessed a number of natural disasters. With Hurricane Season looming over our coastal areas, being prepared can help you, your family or your business minimize the impact of not just hurricanes, but of...

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

For many retirees, Social Security is a key component of retirement with 97% either receiving or will receive it.1 It provides a foundation of income on which workers can build to plan their golden years. Though Social Security remains...

 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Believe it or not–someone turning 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care (LTC) service.1 When you think about it, the odds of being in a nursing home are a lot higher than totaling your car or losing...

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

As parents, we bear the great duty of raising our children to be strong, independent, and better versions of ourselves. This responsibility comes with many financial obligations to balance for the goal of setting them up for success...

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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, September 4, 2019

What does it mean to be truly happy in retirement? Is it financial independence, health, adventure, or all of the above? The vision of the ideal retirement is often different from person to person, but the foundation of a happy and...

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Many Americans are aware of the tax benefits such as individual retirement accounts, or 401(k) savings plans; but the less-known HSA can provide some major tax relief. Here are three ways:Tax-free contributions. All money you set aside...

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A person turning age 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care service. It’s considered one of the largest potential expenses in retirement with the average lifetime long-term care expenditure being $138...

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Congratulations! You’re finally at the finish line. Your years of hard work are coming to an end and your days of freedom are here. Although a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders, there are a few blunders to avoid in...

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Marriage is about joining your life completely with someone else’s. It’s not what’s his is hers or what’s hers is his. No one said it’s easy when it comes to having to share your entire life. Studies revealed one of the top issues...

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Retirement is the time where we should be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy being free of responsibility. While we’re relieved from the heavy demands of being in the workforce, in retirement, we’re in charge of our own lives and...

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

There’s a common misconception that estate planning is only for the wealthy. Regardless of your financial situation, an estate plan allows you to have a plan in place after your death. Especially if you have a house, children, and...

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The last thing you’d want to think about is your own death. But the fact is–death is inevitable. While it’s a difficult topic to process, it’s a good thing to be prepared and plan ahead for when the time comes. Ask yourself these...

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July marks the halfway point of the calendar year and is the perfect time to financially reflect on what’s already passed and what’s to come: Have I saved enough? How much have I spent so far? Where am I in reaching my goals? Is it too...

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Over the years, the cost of nursing home and long-term care costs have risen and continues to surge. Studies reveal 69% of retiring Americans will need some sort of long-term care during their life.1 And if there’s a single unsolved...

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Among the many challenges of retirement planning is whether you should pay off your mortgage before you retire. Though it’s collective knowledge to be debt-free as much as possible, it may not make sense or be possible for everyone. On...

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Running out of money in retirement is a major concern for many Americans. You don’t work hard to just save for retirement and hope for the best. You want security and the stability and annuities can provide just that. Think of a...

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Social Security benefits are the bedrock of retirement income for many Americans as they approach the end of their careers. As a vital part of a retirement plan, it’s important to understand what Social Security can mean to you and...

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

As retirees look ahead to a retirement with uncertainties, they need to have an adequate, dependable, and long-lasting stream of income. With an unpredictable stock market, grim outlook on Social Security and pensions, and a continuous...

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

When it comes to investment types, annuities are often misunderstood. Annuities can play an important role in your retirement plan because it’s not just about saving, it’s also about generating a steady stream of income so you can...

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We can all almost say money is always on our minds…how much do I have in my account? Am I able to afford that? Do I simply enough? Being aware of your financial health is important. Studies reveal Americans could be saving more with...

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Many people may think life insurance is just another unnecessary expense without realizing its purpose and benefits. The question to ask yourself is would someone in your life suffer financial hardships if you were to pass away? If the...

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Life insurance policies and annuities can be a helpful tool for providing extra protection and income for yourself and your family. But, you can also receive deeper benefits thanks to certain tax advantages that each investment offers...

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It’s never too early nor too late to start thinking about retirement and planning for one. It takes careful planning for your money to last a lifetime. Here are simple action steps you can take today to start preparing for your golden...

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Maintain Your Standard of Living in Retirement Saving for retirement, and working to maintain your standard of living, is an ongoing responsibility so you don’t see your quality of life drop in your later years. Unfortunately, for...

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Many Americans significantly underestimate the impact that a loved one’s long term care needs could have on their own lives, marriages, work, and not to mention their finances. As a matter of fact, 57% of caregivers surveyed tapped...

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Oftentimes we tend to be unrealistic when it comes to planning how much we can achieve and how long it will take, especially when it comes to setting money goals. A general rule to reaching your financial goals is to establish a plan...

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For many, our children’s high school graduation is just around the corner and then they’re off to college. And we ask ourselves–where did the years go by? Besides seeing an empty nest, parents are also seeing empty pockets; thus,...

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Estate planning is something that’s never easy to do or even to begin thinking about for that matter. But it can help give you comfort knowing your estate and loved ones are protected after your death. Avoid missteps and get your...

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Today, women are providing more financial value to their household than ever before. Studies show 51% of women are responsible for household finances while 37% reported to be the primary breadwinner of their family (compared to 31% in...

 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Financial fraud is, unfortunately, a common practice in America that costs individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. And research shows that people underreport financial fraud, which can also be difficult to...

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Seniors can benefit from many discounts and offers; however, taxes aren’t one of them. Retirees will be shocked to find that much of their income is, in fact, subject to taxes. Here are a few that you can expect to face in...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Have a life insurance policy? That’s great! If you don’t, well, you may want to reconsider. But what are some of the features that a life insurance policy should have built-in to it? There are a lot of different options, but here are...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

Thursday, March 21, 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...

 

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...