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Equifax Breach – Steps You Should Take

As you may have seen on the news over the last 24 hours, Equifax – one of the three major credit reporting agencies – had a significant data breach at the beginning of this summer.  If you’ve ever run a credit report in the past, it’s likely your personal information was exposed.  Per reports, the […]

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Preventing Financial Elder Abuse – Part II

Advisors and family members can team up on a loved one’s behalf In Part I, we looked at the sources and warning signs of elder financial abuse.  In this installment, we will talk about how to work with the elderly once they have become victims and how to prevent elder financial abuse. Don’t shame elders […]

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Preventing Financial Elder Abuse – Part I

Advisors and family members can team up on a loved one’s behalf. Key Takeaways The vast majority of financial elder abuse is perpetrated by family members and caregivers—not by strangers and professional crooks. Only a tiny fraction of elder abuse is actually reported. Look for the warning signs of financial elder abuse. As many of […]

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Lost and Found – How to Locate Missing Money

As an advisor, I love to tackle the tough and complex issues that clients face.  Here are examples of some challenging questions we handle on a regular basis: What is the right asset allocation for a client? How can we reduce taxes for a client in their portfolio? What amount of life or disability insurance […]

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3 Reasons to Consider Umbrella Insurance

Do you own a home?  Do you have a long commute?  Are you a dog owner?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, an umbrella insurance policy is worth looking into.  As you probably know, we don’t sell insurance here at Independence Advisors. However, risk management is a key part of any comprehensive […]

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The Safe Savings Rate

Key Takeaways • Where it all started–the safe withdrawal rate. • My transition to the safe savings rate—the amount of income you need to sock away for retirement. • A comprehensive financial plan is best, but off-the-shelf tools and two popular “rules of thumb” can help. The Safe Withdrawal Rate About 20 years ago, a […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Key Takeaways:  The purpose of most life insurance policies is to ensure that your loved ones will be financially secure upon your death. Keep the big picture in mind. Instead of using rules of thumb, consider your specific situation and determine an amount that will allow your loved ones to maintain their standard of living. […]

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