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Inherited Accounts Under the CARES Act
April 20, 2020

Greetings! Tucked into the gigantic “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” (“CARES”) Act were two key changes you should know about, regarding required minimum distributions (RMDs). Both were designed to give people more control over their money and to help manage selling investments during an emergency.[1] One provision allows retirees to forego taking RMDs from …

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How Women Can Prepare For Retirement
March 25, 2020

When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life, and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. The Social Security Administration estimates that today’s average 65-year-old woman will live to age 86½. Given these projections, it appears that a retirement of 20 years or longer might be in your future.[1][2] …

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Your Extended Care Strategy
March 12, 2020

Do you have an extra $33,000 to $100,000 to spare this year? How about next year, and the year after that? Your answer to these questions is probably “no.” What could cost so much? According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, a year of in-home care costs a senior roughly $33,000. A year at an …

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Ways to Fund Special Needs Trusts
March 10, 2020

If you have a child with special needs, a trust may be a financial priority. There are many crucial goods and services that Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income might not pay for, and a special needs trust may be used to address those financial challenges. Most importantly, a special needs trust may help provide for …

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Health Care Costs Are Cutting into Retirement Preparations
February 19, 2020

You may have seen this statistic before or one resembling it: the average 65-year-old retiring couple can now expect to pay more than $250,000 in health care expenses during the rest of their lives. In fact, Fidelity Investments now projects this cost at $285,000. The effort to prepare for these potential expenses is changing the …

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Buy-Sell Agreements
February 12, 2020

For most, creating an estate strategy is important to make sure your loved ones are taken care of after you’re gone. But it may be just as important to have an estate strategy for your business. Whether you’re a sole proprietor who will be passing on your business to your heirs or your business partners …

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Measuring the Value of a Financial Advisor
February 5, 2020

What is a relationship with a financial advisor worth to an investor? A 2019 study by Vanguard, one of the world’s largest money managers, attempts to answer that question. Vanguard’s whitepaper concludes that when an investor worked with an advisor and received professional investment advice, they saw a net portfolio return about 3% higher over …

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Creating a Retirement Strategy
January 29, 2020

Across the country, people are saving for that “someday” called retirement. Someday, their careers will end. Someday, they may live off their investments, plus Social Security. They know this, but many of them do not know when, or how, it will happen. What is missing is a strategy – and a good strategy might make …

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Coping with College Loans
January 22, 2020

Total student loan debt in America is now around $1.6 trillion. Since 2008, it has more than doubled. Federal Reserve data states that 44.7 million Americans are dealing with lingering education loans. The average indebted college graduate leaves campus owing nearly $30,000, and the mean monthly student loan payment is about $400.[1] Student debt influences …

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Managing Probate When Setting Up Your Estate
January 6, 2020

Probate process. Probate can take more than a year in some cases, and fees and court costs may add up over that time. In many cases, this is due to routine clerical work. So, how can you attempt to exempt more of your assets from probate and its accompanying costs? Read on to learn more.[1] …

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