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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Financially preparing for retirement is essential in order to maintain your quality of life as you age. As long-term-care costs continue to rise, having adequate money to cover any medical situations is an escalating concern. And 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, October 4, 2017

Finding any helpful reason to pull down your tax liabilities is a welcomed benefit, no matter one’s age. But, once you move into your golden years, exploring new tax benefits is worth the time and effort—you may have specific tax...

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Once retired, many once-active people fall prey to the lure of the couch. With newfound time on their hands and a new life stage before them, finding ways to occupy themselves can be challenging. Yet, making a point to stay active and...

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness about the importance and helpfulness of having life insurance coverage. Over the years, life insurance has become an essential way to protect one’s...

 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

No matter what life stage you’re in, knowing your financial health is important. Just as a regular checkup with the doctor will give you insights on your medical well-being—and any course corrections you should take—so, too, will...

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ensuring you have the money you need to support you throughout retirement is an ongoing responsibility that shouldn’t be overlooked, no matter what retirement stage you’re in. When building and maintaining your plan, healthcare is a...

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Serving as a caregiver for your parents and children is a hefty responsibility that can impact many areas of your life. As a “sandwich generation” member, you are supporting aging parents—who may be ill, unable to be financial...

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aging can be a difficult topic for families to address when planning for seniors’ financial and care needs. Discussing emotional details such as wills and caregiving needs can feel heavy and complicated, making the conversations easy...

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Having enough money to last through retirement is essential, and retirees have a variety of financial strategies to help them build the lifelong income they need. One such financial option is purchasing annuities. Yet, many myths...

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Most of your adult life, you’ve probably focused on building a retirement savings that will cover your living costs. But once you officially retire, your financial planning shouldn’t stop. Managing your expenses to support your...

 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Our lives inevitably change requiring us to evolve with the momentum. And for those holding life insurance policies, keeping your policy up-to-date and relevant to your life is essential. A variety of events can come our way at any...

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

For many people planning for retirement, investing into annuities is a helpful strategy to build guaranteed income. Once you take retirement distributions, you receive a set amount based on details like the annuity you purchased and...

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No matter what stage of life someone’s in when he or she marries, a union brings reason to celebrate. And, for individuals who are 55 and older, remarrying is even on the rise.[1] When marrying later in life, people’s finances are...

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Everyday, more and more baby boomers retire, bringing with them a shifting retirement landscape. This large demographic began turning 65 years old in 2011, and by 2029, all boomers will be at least 65, forming 20% of the U.S....

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A seasoned military career brings a unique professional experience for millions of people each year. We have roughly 1.3 million active-duty military service members.1 And at least 1.47 million non-disability military retirees receive...

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

As retirees embrace their new life stage, many of them consider relocating to other locales. In fact, almost two-thirds of retirees plan to move or do move in retirement.1 While retirees move for a variety of reasons, relocating in...

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Many retirees invest in annuities as a helpful strategy for building retirement income. Since fixed-rate annuities can provide guaranteed payments at set amounts, retirees can more easily predict and manage their budget. And having...

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Divorcing later in life is becoming more normal for people who are 50 years or older. In fact, since the 1990s, this “silver divorce” rate has more than doubled. In 2015, for every 1,000 married people 50 and over, 10 divorced — an...

 

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...

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Navigating complex terms when managing your finances is an ongoing responsibility. Yet, with all the information to process, understanding the plethora of jargon and industry-specific terms can be cumbersome. We’re continuing our...

 

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...

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

With the spring season budding, now is a great time to ensure your financial accounts are up to date and secure. Just like the dust that can collect in your house, so too can your financial accounts grow stale. No one wants to add...

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Know The Difference Between Qualified and Nonqualified Annuities For many investors looking to secure their cash flow in retirement, annuities are a common way to receive the guaranteed income they need in the future.1 Different...

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paying for healthcare in retirement is no small task. With costs escalating and coverage growing more complex, you can take steps today to help ensure you’re not struggling tomorrow. As your explore your own retirement planning and...

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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...

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Last week, all four of the indexes we discuss in these market updates saw their performance stumble. The S&P 500 lost 1.44%, the Dow was down 1.52%, the NASDAQ gave back 1.22%, and the MSCI EAFE declined 0.07%. 1 On Tuesday, March 21,...

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Being a small business owner is a unique life experience that can provide many personal and professional rewards, such as being in control of your career. But, this also brings specific financial challenges when creating a path to...

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Before you retired, you spent time creating strategies that could help you reach your goals in retirement. You might have invested for the income you need, minimized your debt, or protected yourself with long-term-care insurance,...

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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, February 22, 2017

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...

 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Losing a spouse is never easy — and a difficult topic for many to think about. But when you become a widow or widower, moving beyond the grief to address important financial items in your life is essential. Whether you recently lost...

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Financial lives are inherently complex and require thoughtful perspectives and strategies for yourself and your loved ones. And you have even more financial nuances to organize if your family has two or more adult generations living in...

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Enjoying a comfortable retirement depends on how well you prepared ahead of time to support your desired lifestyle — and how well you keep a pulse on your financial wellbeing after your retire. You may need to periodically check in and...

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Life insurance and annuities can bring protection and retirement income that is essential for many people’s financial needs and goals. And when you purchase these items, you gain the opportunity to name beneficiaries who will receive...

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When preparing for retirement, imagining the new lifestyle you’ll embark on can be exciting. From travel to family time to relaxation, a fulfilling retirement looks different to each individual. But preparing for the quality of life...

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The financial world is filled with confusing industry jargon and lingo. So, to help you get a hold of common terms you should know, we’ve put together a quick guide for your reference. From life insurance to annuities, use this...

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

For most of your adult life, you’ve had the protection of life insurance to help safeguard you and your family. But as your life evolves, your family's needs and financial goals will inevitably change, too. With every transition and...

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

For most of your adult life, you’ve protected yourself and your family with life insurance. Having a back-up tool in place to help replace income for your family should you pass away is part of a sound wealth-preservation plan. For...

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

For many Americans, preparing to retire takes decades of investing and careful saving so you have the income you need to support your lifestyle. And once that retirement begins, you have to start collecting on your investments into...

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

With 2016 ending in a handful of weeks, we’ve officially entered into the terrain of year-end tax planning. And if your assets include annuities, then you have specific details to be aware of when managing your taxes. A variety of...

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thanksgiving flew by, and now here we are, deep in the holiday season. And if you’re a grandparent, finding the perfect gift for your grandchildren can be challenging. While the hottest new toys and gadgets offer an exciting present...

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Your Beneficiary Planning — Life Insurance and Annuities Investing brings with it a world of planning complexities to navigate as you pursue your unique financial goals. And your beneficiary planning when you have life insurance and...

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

No matter what life stage you’re in, making sure you have the income you need for retirement is an ongoing planning need. However, fewer than half of Americans are prepared to afford at least 80% of retirement expenses1. Retirees have...

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Managing your family’s financial needs requires daily, ongoing oversight and planning if you want to uphold lifelong wellness. And for families who have loved ones with disabilities, the planning needs become even more intricate. You...

 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Owning a small business can be an incredibly rewarding experience. But, when you’re your own boss, you also control your business’ destiny — which can directly affect your own life outside of being a business owner. And in order to...

 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

So, you’re looking to save more money to support the income you need in retirement and are considering or want to revisit your annuities. As a retirement-income investment, annuities can help you grow tax-deferred savings until you’re...

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Growing older in America today isn’t what it used to be. Twenty years ago, the average person’s life expectancy was 76 years1. Fast forward to 2016, and a woman turning 65 today can expect to live until 87 years old and a man can...

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Life with grandchildren means getting to spend your later years doting on your favorite little ones. For some, it also means a new chapter of raising a family in a “second parenthood.” In fact, across the U.S., 2.7 million people are...

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Retiring in America is how many people look to their futures. Saying goodbye to your working years and entering a stage of enjoying your life in new ways — often in ways you’ve dreamed of — is a rite of passage for most Americans. Of...

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

So, you’ve saved with your 401(k) and maxed out your IRA contributions and other traditional retirement-savings strategies. And you still have taxable money that should be helping you develop lasting retirement income, rather than...

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We all know that life isn’t static. A constant ebb and flow of events like family developments, career changes, and retirement inevitably bring changes to your financial needs and lifestyle. When these events occur, they can often...

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

For most people, life insurance is an essential tool for protecting your estate and loved ones should anything happen to you. When you take out a permanent life insurance policy — whole, universal, or variable — you gain another...

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sending a child or grandchild to college comes with new insurance responsibilities. Whether they’re already in college or still have a few years to go, your family’s insurance needs change when your children go off to school....

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

If you’ve ever had your credit card number stolen or found unauthorized activity on one of your financial accounts, you know what a headache financial fraud can cause. A 2016 study found that 13.1 Americans became the victims of...

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

You know you should be saving for retirement, but what about your other goals? Intermediate goals can be more challenging to plan for because they have a shorter timeframe ¬– three-to-seven years – and may be given short shrift by...

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We’ve all made financial mistakes. Whether it’s living beyond our means and accumulating debt, buying a too-expensive house, saving too little for the future, or any other blunder – we’ve all been there. Here are some tips for learning...

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

If you are seeking to cut costs, reducing or dropping your life insurance may seem like a safe bet. In some cases, it might even be a good idea. However, think very carefully before making changes to your policy; once you drop...

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

There are many reasons to own an annuity and there are some situations in which using tax-deferred money to purchase an annuity can be a good idea. You want to turn some of your retirement savings into guaranteed income. Income that...

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How long do you plan to live? Ridiculous question, right? If we could know exactly how long we will live, it would make life (and retirement planning) so much simpler. But, we don’t know. We can look at many variables to come up with...

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Traveling this summer? Save yourself a headache by using these tips to help keep your money safe while you’re away. Notify your financial institutions if you’ll be traveling abroad. Few things are more annoying than to have your cards...

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One of the best gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of being financially savvy. Unfortunately, many children leave home without understanding basic financial skills such as how to set a budget, use a credit card, or invest for...

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are you and your spouse on the same page about money? Do you talk regularly about your finances? If not, a monthly family finance meeting might help. I know, talking about money and budgets every month doesn’t sound like a lot of fun,...

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Many couples prefer to divide household tasks and take on separate family responsibilities. However, when one member of the couple handles all financial chores, the other spouse may find himself or herself in the dark about the family...

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

If you’ve been watching the news, you probably know that Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU) on June 23rd after being a member of the European community since 1973. The shocking news caused financial markets to whipsaw, and...

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Though it may be hard to imagine retiring early, many Americans manage to do it while still living comfortable lifestyles. If you’re serious about ending your career early, think carefully about the challenges you face: preparing for...

 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you’re like many Americans, the idea of spending your retirement on the couch isn’t all that attractive. The good news is that baby boomers are using their numbers and influence to redefine retirement. While some fill their time...

 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Muhammad Ali, possibly one of the greatest boxers in history, passed away last week, leaving behind an incredible legacy of strength, perseverance, and vision. While we might not be world-class boxers, we can still take away some...

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Social Security is a major source of income for most retirees, and deciding when to claim your benefit is critical to maximizing your guaranteed government income. Social Security rules changed in 2015, taking away two claiming...

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Grandparents are in a fantastic position to teach their grandchildren about money. Often, grandparents can more openly speak with grandchildren than their parents can. Grandparents often take on the role of family storyteller and...

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guaranteed acceptance life insurance can be a boon to people who can’t get term life insurance coverage because of age, medical history, or other issues. Applications don’t require medical exams or even detailed questionnaires and...

 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Most people have dozens of financial priorities competing for attention at any given time. Sitting down for an annual review can help you sift through those priorities and ensure that you are still on track to meet your goals. Though...

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A recent survey found that 68% of women and 56% of men are losing sleep over at least one money issue. While most respondents were concerned about saving enough for retirement, many also worried about healthcare, debt, education...

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Even though you may not be thinking about your estate yet, there are a few practical matters you don’t want to leave unresolved. Lack of preparation can leave your family scrambling during an already traumatic period. Though it’s not...

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An Allianz survey showed that 61% of Americans fear outliving their retirement nest egg more than they fear death. With lifespans stretching to age 100 and beyond, many Americans may spend 30 years or more in retirement. This...

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A generation ago, retirement looked more or less the same for everyone: you left your job with a pension and transitioned into your golden years. But today, retirement looks quite different for everyone. One reason for that is that...

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

All parents worry about what would happen to their children if something happened to them. Many people purchase life insurance to provide for their children, and it may seem like a natural choice to name them as beneficiaries on a...

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dave Ramsey, Suze Orman, Jim Cramer, and other gurus have made their fortunes telling others what to do with their money. Should they tell you what to do with yours? One of the challenges of being an investor today is the overwhelming...

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a retiree is whether you’ll stay in your current home or move. Some people prefer to stay in their homes for financial or lifestyle reasons while others relish the...

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Millions of homeowners are renting rooms (or even their entire house or apartment) to travelers and short-term tenants using Airbnb, VRBO, and many other online rental platforms. The income can help make real estate in expensive areas...

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring cleaning is the annual ritual of clearing out the accumulated dust and debris of winter for a fresh new spring. This year, as you sweep away the dust bunnies, do some spring cleaning on your insurance as well. 1. Give your auto...

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

If you have a cash-strapped senior in your life, you may have come across advertisements for “reverse mortgages,” a type of loan that gives older homeowners payments in exchange for the value of the property while allowing...

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

If you’re looking ahead at retirement, you might wonder what role “Medigap” supplemental insurance policies play in Medicare coverage. Medicare has four parts that, used together, offer coverage for most medical care...

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Long-term care insurance is complex, and there’s no way to predict with certainty whether you will actually end up needing coverage for expensive care later in life. However, the odds are good that you may one day need some type...

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Budgeting and monitoring your household’s spending are critical to building long-term financial success. However, money is an emotional topic for many, and it’s common for couples and families to dread budget talks. Here...

 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What would you do if you weren’t able to earn an income because of an illness or injury? The financial consequences of a disability can be severe; a short-term illness or injury might not set your family back too far if you have...

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Many of us take advantage of credit cards to make everyday purchases and smooth out cash flow. However, you shouldn’t always reach for plastic. Here are three types of expenses that you should never put on a credit card: Tuition...

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Did you know that your lifestyle can affect life insurance premiums? Age is by far the biggest determinant, but there are a number of other factors that can affect how much you pay. Here are 3 common lifestyle factors that can boost...

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

For many people, having a new baby triggers the thought: I really ought to get some life insurance. One estimate put the lifetime cost of raising a child to age 18 at over $300,000 for a middle-income couple – not including the...

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 is here and we want to help you make it one of your most financially successful years to date. Here are a few simple tasks you can complete while your resolutions are fresh in your mind: 1. Get acquainted with your finances If you...

 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Did you know that most renters don’t have renters insurance? While 95% of homeowners carry homeowner’s insurance, a 2014 poll found that just 37% of renters own renters policies.1 Many renters wrongly assume that their...

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

If you’re worried about leaving your children or loved ones with expenses after you die, you may take a second look at life insurance as a senior. Seniors face special challenges when purchasing life insurance; premiums get more...

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When you’ve figured out the basics of why you need life insurance, how much you need, and how long you need it for, there are still some details that you need to work out. One area consists of the policy add-ons we call riders....

 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The end of the year is approaching, but there’s still time to maximize deductions and take advantage of tax breaks. Here are three tips that could help you reduce your tax burden and get ready for tax season: 1. Plump up your...

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

As we get close to the end of 2015, there are a few final tasks you need to check off of your to-do list for the year: Max out retirement account contributions Whether you have a 401(k), 403(b), 457, or other workplace retirement...

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Many pet owners treat their beloved companions like full members of the family and wouldn’t dream of denying them medical care. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that diseases and injuries that once spelled certain death can...

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If you are currently collecting Medicare or will be beginning soon, the news that many Medicare recipients faced a 52% premium hike next year might have shocked you. Fortunately, the budget deal signed in November 2015 brought the...

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Life insurance is a valuable tool in your financial arsenal that’s designed to help your family live comfortably in the event of your death. Unfortunately, mistakes can cost you dearly when you need insurance most. Here are some...

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it’s a good time to review insurance and make sure that you’re making the most of your options this year. Review your coverage Now is an excellent opportunity to review your home...

 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

If you’re approaching retirement, it might seem logical and comforting to pay off your mortgage before you leave the workforce. No mortgage means one less major bill to pay each month, and you might feel more at ease knowing that...

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Healthcare needs in retirement are complex and purchasing a long-term care insurance policy is a major decision that you should not undertake lightly. Long-term care (LTC) insurance is designed to transfer the risk and cost of...

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You buy insurance to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your finances from risk. However, all insurance policies aren’t created equal and you want to be careful to choose policies from companies that will be able to pay claims...

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Insurance-related Identity theft is a major problem in United States. Estimates suggest that life insurance fraud costs tens of billions of dollars each year.(1) Fraudsters can use sensitive personal information to make fraudulent...

 

Friday, September 18, 2015

If you own a business, what would happen to your business and your family if you were to die unexpectedly? Life insurance can help give your business and your family some breathing room to recover from the financial, emotional, and...

 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Millions of Americans risk running out of money during retirement or not being able to retire on time. The most common reason? Not having saved enough for retirement during their working years. While inflation, turbulent markets, and...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2012. While the elderly and those for whom English is a second language are often specially targeted by scammers, anyone can become a...

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Your child’s teenage years may be your last opportunity to teach valuable financial lessons before he or she heads out into the world. Today’s financial world is complex, and a solid financial base can help young adults adopt good...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 1, 2015 Like many important life transitions, retirement comes with a host of emotional and financial changes. Though you may have a lot of other things on your mind when you retire, you don’t want to make these...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 8, 2015 Life insurance for children is a controversial issue. On one hand, most children are born healthy and will live long, productive lives. Since they don’t work and contribute income to your family, one of...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 15, 2015 Everyone has goals that they'd like to reach. Maybe it's running a marathon, writing a novel, retiring early, or taking control of your finances. Whatever your personal goals are, reaching them takes...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 22, 2015 Suffering an injury or illness abroad can be extremely expensive, especially if it requires emergency medical care or unplanned evacuation. If you're planning a cruise or vacation overseas, take some time...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - July 29, 2015 If you have life insurance, you probably sat down at some point and calculated how many years of income your family might need or what costs your death might incur for your loved ones. However, rules of...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - August 5, 2015 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. Update insurance coverage: While some homeowner's policies...

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Update - August 12, 2015 Ever wondered about the differences between term and permanent life insurance options? Though every type of life insurance is designed to provide a death benefit, policies can differ in length of...

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

It takes most people a lifetime to build significant wealth, but a few mistakes can completely derail your progress. Usually, it's not just a single bad decision or a few bad calls that hurt; instead, it's often a pattern of mistakes...