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Insurance – Don’t Set It and Forget It

Key Takeaways: People change over time and so their insurance needs change too. Insurance policy expenses and their underlying crediting rates can change over time Periodic insurance policy reviews are critical. Remember Ronco founder, Ron Popeil’s, signature tagline for his famous rotisserie oven– “Set it and forget it”?   That might be fine for cooking convenience, […]

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5 Things to Know About Executors

Key Takeaways This is a great honor, but also a big job Your duties as executor may be in conflict with the family’s wishes Organizational skills are very important  1. What is an executor? An executor is a personal representative who acts on your behalf after you die. You nominate or designate an executor in […]

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New Year…..Same Investment Principles

Key Takeaways: At the start of every year, you can count on news outlets, economists and fund managers bombarding us with varying opinions about the direction of the market. The only certainty for the market in 2016 is that it will be different from 2015. A disciplined, cost-sensitive, broadly diversified investment strategy creates a portfolio […]

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The Conversion Issue: Tax Me Now or Tax Me Later!

Key Takeaways Converting a traditional 401(k) or IRA to a Roth IRA has become a popular estate planning and tax mitigation technique in recent years. The basic idea of a Roth IRA is to pay some tax now to avoid paying tax on your withdrawals in your golden years. Roth IRAs have many benefits over […]

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My Daughter’s Surprise 18th Birthday Present: Not what she expected, but it will keep on giving

Key Takeaways Once your child turns 18, the law prevents you from making certain important financial decisions on his or her behalf. Purchase basic estate documents for your child: will, durable POA, healthcare POA. Help your child select a credit card (with reasonable limits and rates) to establish a credit history. For further reading on […]

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Know Someone Who Just Had a Baby? Let the Planning Begin!

Time goes fast when you’re a new parent. As I mentioned in a previous blog, my wife and I were expecting our first child in April. We were anticipating mid-April, but (much to my wife’s dismay) it turned into late April. My son Archie was born on April 28th, a happy and healthy little boy. A lot has changed in our lives during this time, and it’s all been a blur.

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What Happens to My IRA When I Die?

Key Takeaways Every situation is as unique as you are, so don’t shortchange yourself with an off-the-shelf, cookie-cutter solution. The beneficiary you designate for your IRA can have a big impact on what happens to your IRA when you pass away. Your age can have a big impact on what happens to your IRA. “What […]

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