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Check Your Financial Adviser Now (and Every Year) or Regret It Later
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Check Your Financial Adviser Now (and Every Year) or Regret It Later

Fewer than 10% of investors use free background checks like Investor.gov, BrokerCheck or IAPD to check their financial advisers’ backgrounds. These on…
September 21, 2020
Being a Woman Cost Me $2 Million, But Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stood Up for Me
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Being a Woman Cost Me $2 Million, But Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stood Up for Me

Thanks to pioneers like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women have come a long way in this country … or have we? A look at the progress, the continuing struggles…
September 21, 2020
10 Reasons to Own Life Insurance in Every Decade of Your Life
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10 Reasons to Own Life Insurance in Every Decade of Your Life

With competing financial priorities throughout your lifetime, it could be easy to overlook life insurance, especially in your younger years. But life …
September 21, 2020
Don’t Be Paralyzed by Uncertainty
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Don’t Be Paralyzed by Uncertainty

You definitely need a plan, because what’s ahead could be scarier than what’s behind us.
September 21, 2020
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When Businesses Fail or People Can’t Pay Bills, Liability Limits Can Save the Day
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When Businesses Fail or People Can’t Pay Bills, Liability Limits Can Save the Day

From LLCs to trusts, protections are here to help — not just companies and individuals, but our whole economy itself. So, anyone struggling in these t…
September 18, 2020

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5 Unfortunate Estate Planning Myths You Probably Believe
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5 Unfortunate Estate Planning Myths You Probably Believe

These all-too-common misconceptions can steer your estate plans in the wrong direction right from the start. Here’s how to overcome them and tips to b…
September 17, 2020
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
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10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement

We spend a lot of time worrying about running out of cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you'll find yourself spe…
September 16, 2020
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How to Get Property Insurance in High-Risk Areas
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How to Get Property Insurance in High-Risk Areas

From wildfires to hurricanes and riots, some homes and businesses are more risky than others to insure. If you’re having a hard time finding coverage,…
September 15, 2020
3 Tips to Help You Navigate Open Enrollment in Your ‘New Normal’
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3 Tips to Help You Navigate Open Enrollment in Your ‘New Normal’

With all the changes going on in workplaces across the country since COVID-19, your insurance and benefits needs might have changed, too.
September 15, 2020
Prenups for Breadwinning Women: 4 Pitfalls to Avoid
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Prenups for Breadwinning Women: 4 Pitfalls to Avoid

Protecting the assets you bring into your marriage takes some planning. Take some time to do it right.
September 15, 2020
Take These Steps to Make Your Finances Impenetrable to Threats
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Take These Steps to Make Your Finances Impenetrable to Threats

Your home’s windows keep out all sorts of threats. A good financial plan — one that’s resistant to cracks — does the same thing.
September 14, 2020
What Does the Upcoming Election Mean to Your Investments?
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What Does the Upcoming Election Mean to Your Investments?

For smart investors, the surprising answer may be very little. Here’s why, and what you should do (and not do) as election season heats up.
September 11, 2020
Should You Move Forward with Your Divorce or Wait?
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Should You Move Forward with Your Divorce or Wait?

Despite the tensions brought on by the pandemic, a number of couples are waiting right now, with good reason.
September 10, 2020
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6 Ways the Pandemic Has Been a Dress Rehearsal for Retirement – and How You Can Take Advantage
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6 Ways the Pandemic Has Been a Dress Rehearsal for Retirement – and How You Can Take Advantage

What do lockdowns and retirement have in common? Quite a bit. And the parallels can be helpful in your retirement planning.
September 10, 2020
This Year’s Benefits Open Enrollment Period Is an Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss
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This Year’s Benefits Open Enrollment Period Is an Opportunity You Don’t Want to Miss

Plan ahead to do a deep dive into the benefits your employer offers. Given what we’ve been through so far in 2020, you may need them!
September 9, 2020
Qualifying for Social Security Spousal and Survivor Benefits
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Qualifying for Social Security Spousal and Survivor Benefits

A guide for spouses, ex-spouses, widows and widowers on their Social Security benefits and how to make the most of them.
September 8, 2020
Guidance on Choosing the Right Trustee (or Trustees) for Your Estate
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Guidance on Choosing the Right Trustee (or Trustees) for Your Estate

From a spouse or child to a bank or lawyer, you have several options to consider. To help make your decision, here are some questions to answer.
September 8, 2020
Considering a Structured Settlement? Watch Out for Fraud by ‘Bad Apples’
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Considering a Structured Settlement? Watch Out for Fraud by ‘Bad Apples’

It’s happened again: Millions in payments to child victims of medical malpractice were stolen by fraud. Before you agree to any structured settlement,…
September 8, 2020
Does a 40% Bond Allocation Make Sense in Today’s Portfolios?
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Does a 40% Bond Allocation Make Sense in Today’s Portfolios?

For many investors, the short answer is no. Here’s why, and what you might consider instead.
September 7, 2020
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For a Happy Retirement, Try ‘Retirement Dating’ First
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For a Happy Retirement, Try ‘Retirement Dating’ First

Take advantage of the years before you punch out for the last time to do a little experimenting with your life.
September 4, 2020
What’s Your ‘Money Type’? Knowing It Could Help You Avoid a Financial Blunder
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What’s Your ‘Money Type’? Knowing It Could Help You Avoid a Financial Blunder

Financial advisers are seeing some interesting stress responses to financial uncertainty. With that in mind, here are some practical tips for three of…
September 3, 2020
Want Stock Market Gains but Hate Risk? Buffer Annuities May Be for You
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Want Stock Market Gains but Hate Risk? Buffer Annuities May Be for You

Index-linked annuities are a new-ish way to help buffer your portfolio from market downdrafts while still allowing for some growth. Here are three thi…
September 2, 2020
Talk to Your Financial Professional about What Keeps You Up at Night
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Talk to Your Financial Professional about What Keeps You Up at Night

As Americans re-evaluate their finances, they may not be opening up about all their worries. They should.
September 2, 2020
Are Bonds Passé?
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Are Bonds Passé?

Not quite, but annuities can provide more income, plus tax advantages and longevity insurance.
September 2, 2020
No Summer Vacation This Year? What to Do with the Money You’ve Saved
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No Summer Vacation This Year? What to Do with the Money You’ve Saved

Maybe that trip to Hawaii you dreamed about didn’t happen, but look at the bright side: You have a nice little windfall to plan for.
September 2, 2020