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Disability Insurance: Protecting Your Largest Asset

Here are a couple of interesting statistics for you: Just over 1 in 4 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire*. Only 5% of disabling accidents and illnesses are work related. The remaining 95% are not, meaning Workers Compensation doesn’t cover them**. During your career, you are 3.5 times more likely to be injured […]

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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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Think You Can’t Contribute to a Roth? Think again: Advantages of a 401(k) Roth Option

Key Takeaways The Roth option in 401(k) retirement plans eliminate IRS income limits applied to Roth IRAs. Participants in plans offering the Roth 401(k) option can split their contributions between both traditional and Roth accounts–thus, building two buckets of money to fund their nest egg. There are no income limits for Roth 401(k) accounts, and […]

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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part III: Capturing Return Premiums Requires Resolve

In our last post, we described how small-company and value stocks have served as a source for premium returns in the past. Today, we’ll explain how capturing these returns has rarely been as easy or obvious as 20/20 hindsight might lead us to believe. Figure 2 Consider Figure 2, from 1928–2014. It illustrates three critical […]

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Expected Sources of Premium Stock Returns Part I: Managing the “Daring Adventure”

When Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing,” she probably wasn’t thinking about the stock market … but she could have been. Recently, some investors have been wondering whether it still makes sense to pursue expected returns from small-company and value stocks. That’s understandable, as investing in these two asset classes […]

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File and Suspend No More: A Guide to the Recent Changes in Social Security

Key Takeaways: The recent budget deal eliminated the “File and Suspend” Social Security benefit strategy. File and Suspend allowed married couples to maximize their benefits by deferring collection of individual benefits until age 70 while still receiving a spousal benefit. If you will turn age 66 by May 1, 2016, or 62 by December 31, […]

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Scams Affecting Seniors

Key Takeaways Seniors are targeted by criminals for their wealth and naturally polite and trusting nature. Protect yourself by knowing what to avoid. Use your advisor and loved ones to help with decisions. Sam is one of the sharpest 87 year-olds I know.  Several months ago, he was contacted by a cyber-criminal masquerading as a […]

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