Do you have someone in your household who traditionally “takes care” of the bills, or is “in charge” of your finances? When meeting with potential clients, all else being equal, I will hear that there is one person who is the “go to” for all things financial. This may be because they have an interest or aptitude in that area, or they’ve just had that responsibility allocated to them in the division of household duties. Though it is encouraging to hear
A recent Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo, together with recent amendments to the insurance and banking regulations (the “regulations”) issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“Department”), extend grace periods and give you other rights under your life insurance policy or annuity contract if you can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. These grace periods and rights are currently in effect but are temporary, though they may be extended further.
Significant Changes for Employer-Sponsored Plans and IRAs On December 20, 2019, the President signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, which includes the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act provisions previously passed by the House in April 2019. This is one of the most comprehensive retirement plan reforms in more than a decade, and this is a brief overview of some highlights. Many of the provisions are effective January 1, 2020. Congress has attempted to pass major
Health insurance isn’t a topic that’s approached during the summer months. With all the traveling and busyness of the season, we tend to put the consideration of health insurance plans off until Open Enrollment in November. However, summer is a perfect time to begin the process of examining your health insurance needs and doing your due-diligence in finding the best suited health plan for you and your family. This topic is one we often help our clients navigate. Here are
Comparatively speaking, of all the different types of life insurance available, term is usually the least expensive. Generally, term life insurance provides protection for a stated or defined period of time, usually from one year to 30 years. If you die during the coverage term, your beneficiary receives the death benefit from the policy. But what if you outlive the term? With return of premium (ROP) life insurance, you receive the return of all your premium payments at the end
As Autumn arrives, we start to see a lot of attention being given to two things: political campaigns and Medicare Insurance. I won’t even try to address the former in this blog. (As an aside: My hope is that those who are able, will go to the polls on Election day and vote for the candidates of their choice. Participation does matter.) As for the latter, I often hear from clients: “Why does Medicare need to be so complicated?” While
I met with a young couple a few weeks ago. They have 2 young children, both work full time, and were ready to learn more about how to develop a financial plan. In their middle thirties, Tanya and David have a combined annual income of $119,000. They have student loans of nearly $58,000, some credit card debt, and a new mortgage of $190,000. The couples’ situation is familiar, and not uncommon. Recently, a friend’s serious illness motivated them to contact my
The increasing cost of healthcare is a concern for workers of all ages. Each year healthcare becomes more expensive, meaning a larger portion of retirement savings will be spent on health related costs. A health savings account, commonly referred to as an HSA, is a tax-advantaged account that can be used to pay for medical expenses now or in retirement. The account is FDIC-insured, and can be invested for greater returns. Who qualifies? To be eligible to establish a health savings account,
Marathon Financial Advisors 2018 Events Tackling Topics to Gain Financial Understanding Like many of you, Marathon Financial Advisors is taking a look back to reflect on some of the ways we served our clients in 2017. One of the more successful endeavors last year was offering the educational seminar “2Young2Retire” with Leslie Rose McDonald, an event designed to shed light on a subject of interest to our clients and others as they make financial plans for their future.
You may think that the chances of becoming disabled during your working years are slight, and even if you did get hurt or had to miss time at work, you could get by because you have group disability insurance. Unfortunately, you may be in for a big surprise. Here are some myths and misunderstandings about group disability insurance. Myth 1: It won’t happen to me. You’re not really worried about your group disability insurance coverage because you’re sure you won’t suffer a