Although the term fiduciary has been around for a very long time, most have not heard of it until recently. Our former president and the Department of Labor decided that it was in the best interest of the nation to hold financial professionals who provide advice to the public as it relates to their retirement accounts to what is called the “fiduciary standard”. Despite the enhanced visibility of the term ‘fiduciary,’ many people still aren’t entirely clear about its definition, let alone how the term impacts their own financial situation or choosing a financial advisor.Continue Reading
Going through a divorce is never fun. Not for you, and definitely not for your children (if you have them.) The results of a heated, adversarial divorce can be catastrophic – both financially and emotionally for you. And a truly vitriolic divorce can put your children into therapy for many years to come.Continue Reading
Contrary to many financial advice, there are times when you may want to continue life insurance coverage as you approach and enter retirement. There can be many reasons to keep life insurance coverage so don’t be too quick to pull the trigger on getting rid of your life insurance as you approach retirement.Continue Reading
There are many common investing myths that can be very costly, leading you to be too conservative, too risky or avoid investing completely. We’d like to steer you away from some of the most common investing misconceptions – better known as traps – that can significantly injure your investment power and financial strength.Continue Reading
With the election in full swing now, regardless of any political antics and personal attacks, what remains beneath the drama the media is reporting are the big issues facing our country. One of the biggest issue is Social Security and what is to become of it. And that is a very big issue, indeed, since it affects us all.Continue Reading
Few things can cause as many problems for your retirement outlook as inflation. You know that when the average inflation rate increases, things get more expensive. But did you know that the types of goods and services used by the elderly are affected more by inflation than the goods and services used by younger people? […]Continue Reading
If you’re among the many recent college graduates, you’re likely thinking about your future. You may even have a pretty impressive list of things you plan to do, like buying a car, taking a fabulous trip abroad or buying your first house. Your list may include dozens of adventures and treats, as reward for excelling […]Continue Reading
Long term care insurance is a particularly important type of insurance. This type of policy is meant to provide for your personal care and wellness when you reach an age or health condition where you need assistance with the basic functions of living.Continue Reading
It would seem that the phrase ‘Comprehensive Financial Planning’ is quite clear and easy to understand, but it’s fascinating to hear the different definitions I get when I ask people what they think comprehensive financial planning is. Answers range from managing investments only to including tax planning and maybe retirement planning.Continue Reading
We’re in an era of The New Retirement, which is a mindset and a necessity, considering the unique factors that face present and future retirement outlooks. It wasn’t that long ago when people worked until age 60, then retired and collected a pension. But the dynamic has changed tremendously in the past 15 years.Continue Reading
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