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What Would It Take To Become Financially Fearless?

I was talking to a friend yesterday and we somehow arrived on the subject of how many of us, women especially, suffer anxiety over our finances. This can happen whether we are financially sound (earning a good salary, meeting our financial obligations, have money in the bank), or if we are in a tenuous financial situation (whether it be death of a spouse or partner, divorce, job changes, etc.). At this very moment I have several clients who are working well

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

Financial Homework Before The Year Ends

As we approach the end of the year, we all too often become so busy that we forget to attend to some very important issues.  Just as we should remember to change the batteries in our smoke detectors on the 1st of April [National Smoke Alarm Day] we should equally be vigilant to check a few other things in December. Find a day to devote a few hours to the following: Insurance policies: December is a wonderful time to check your

Ten Year-End Tax Tips for 2018

Ten Year-End Tax Tips for 2018 Here are 10 things to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year. 1. Set aside time to plan Effective planning requires that you have a good understanding of your current tax situation, as well as a reasonable estimate of how your circumstances might change next year. There’s a real opportunity for tax savings if you’ll be paying taxes at a lower rate in one year than in the other.

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

Life Insurance with a Refund

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

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