Archives for Financial Literacy

Estate Planning Basics

October is “Estate Planning Awareness Month.” Here are some basics about estate planning that everyone should know. Everyone should have a plan Even if you think “you’re not rich enough” to have an “estate,” unless you’re homeless or destitute you should have an estate plan in place. Estate plans provide for the people you leave behind when you pass away, and help ensure that your final wishes get carried out. The last thing you want is your family members fighting over dishes or fishing poles when you’re gone, or having to sell the family home or take other drastic measures
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Categories: Estate Planning and Financial Literacy.

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

Risk Management Is About More Than Your Investments A lot of financial services professionals talk about “risk” when it comes to your stock market investments. But risk can encompass more than your investment risk tolerance. The broader definition of financial risk is the possibility of loss from any unexpected life event. For instance, what will happen to your family’s income if one spouse passes away, becomes disabled or unable to work, or needs long-term care? What happens to your kids’ education fund, or your retirement? Risk management in this case means shifting risk of financial loss from adverse events to
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Life Insurance.

April is Financial Literacy Month. Here Are the Top 10 Things You Should Know.

Tax reform changes a lot of things starting in the 2018 tax year. (And a lot of the new law sunsets in 2026, returning to 2017 levels.) Under the new tax law passed last December—the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act”—some of the changes include new tax brackets, new limits to mortgage interest deductions, lower deductions for local property/sales taxes, higher standard deductions, higher estate tax exemptions, and more. We suggest that you meet with both your financial advisor as well as your tax professional to see how you will be affected, and how you might best prepare for 2018 and
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Categories: Financial Literacy.

4 Tips to Get Your Finances In Order

4 Tips to Get Your Financial House in Order In addition to that rewarding tradition of spring cleaning to get your house in order, this is a great time to get your finances in shipshape condition. We offer these tips to help you. 1. TAKE A HARD LOOK AT YOUR CREDIT CARDS Even though new credit cards are equipped with computer chips that make it harder for hackers to hijack your data, it’s a good idea to check your statements to make sure there are no mistaken or duplicate charges. 2. CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORTS ANNUALLY It’s free to check
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Uncategorized.

April is Financial Literacy Month

April is “Financial Literacy Month” and one of your best financial “teachers” can be your tax return. Here are some lessons to consider: 1. AVOID A BIG REFUND OR BIG TAX BILL Does your payroll withholding amount need adjusting? That’s what a huge tax bill or hefty refund is telling you. Shoot for the middle. Themore allowances you claim on your W-4 on file with your employer, the less tax is withheld. 2. A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA) MIGHT HELP Even with health insurance, steep medical bills can accrue. Unless they total 10% of your adjusted gross income, you can’t
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Categories: Financial Literacy and Uncategorized.