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Health Insurance in the Summer

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

Team Marathon for the Cure – a Postscript

$191,000+ Over 21 years – Simply Awesome! The weather was picture perfect, sunny blue sky and 65 degrees. The warmth of the sun added to the warmth of the energy from so many participants. With our Team, Marathon for the Cure, of 26 people there was no question that it was a day filled with emotions and success. With a list of names on the backs of our Team Members, walking in honor or in memory of a loved one, we found the inspiration

Marathon for the Cure: Join Our Team!

Breast cancer is one of the leading killers in our country, and we at Marathon Financial Advisors take seriously the responsibility to further the work to find a cure. As so many are impacted by this disease, it is in their honor and in, for some, their memory that we serve as agents for change as it relates to this disease. It is our responsibility to continue the resolve to help end breast cancer, once and for all. We must

4 Steps to Protect Your Family’s Financial Future

Did you know everyone has an Estate? Even you! Did you know YOU will have the power to say what happens to your estate even after you’re no longer living? You DO, and everyone, regardless of wealth amount, should have a plan in place for the final settlement of their estate.   Most people hear the word “estate” and think of mansions with horse barns and tennis courts. While this isn’t incorrect, it doesn’t describe estates in their most basic form. We

The pitfalls of handling your own financial matters: The Importance of Working With your Financial Advisor

We are now in the heart of tax season, and many of us have our taxes prepared by a Tax Accountant or CPA. In the same way we hire a plumber if we need a pipe unclogged, an attorney to write our wills and prepare other legal documents, an electrician for electrical work, and a mechanic to work on our cars. However, many balk at the idea of hiring a Financial Advisor to assist with investment planning or future money

How can I safely shop online this holiday season?

Shopping online is especially popular during the holiday season, when many people prefer to avoid the crowds and purchase gifts with a few clicks of a mouse. However, with this convenience comes the danger of having your personal and financial information stolen by computer hackers. Before you click, you might consider the following tips for a safer online shopping experience. Pay by credit instead of debit. Credit card payments can be withheld if there is a dispute, but debit cards are typically

Estate Planning – FREE Seminar

The occasion of a family member’s death is never easy. Not only does a family begin the grieving process, but they must plan funerals and events to honor the life of the deceased, but oftentimes, they must also face the overwhelming task of settling the estate. Estate planning is not often a point of consideration for most until it’s too late. Perhaps the largest contributing factor to this procrastination is a lack of clarity regarding estate plans, their purpose, and

Medicare: Complicated or Complex?

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

What are the new rules for 401(k) hardship withdrawals?

The Bipartisan Budget Act passed in early 2018 relaxed some of the rules governing hardship withdrawals from 401(k)s and similar plans. Not all plans offer hardship withdrawals, but the ones that do will be required to comply for plan years beginning in 2019. In order to take a hardship withdrawal from a 401(k) or similar plan, a plan participant must demonstrate an “immediate and heavy financial need,” as defined by the IRS. (For details, visit the IRS website and search for

Medicare Seminar – An educational event

Medicare can often be a daunting and confusing subject for most. When eligibility is reached, many find themselves with questions and unsure of how to take advantage of this program. Join Marathon Financial for a free Medicare seminar led by Jon Neal Selzer, LUTCF at the Dewitt Community Center on October 24th at 7pm.   In addition to education on the basics of Medicare, the presentation will cover enrollment periods, how to sign up, benefits of Medicare plans, Medicare supplements, prescriptions,