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Category: Financial Planning

Should You Upgrade Your Homeowners Insurance? - Sep. 01, 2022

Should You Upgrade Your Homeowners Insurance?During the first year of the pandemic, many homeowners spent their down time upgrading their homes. The year 2020 alone experienced at 3 percent uptick in spending on home improvements – to the tune of nearly $420 billion nationwide. This included modifications for remote work, online schooling and leisure activities at home. Between remodeling, high […] read more

Stock Splits, Explained - Aug. 01, 2022

Stock Splits, ExplainedImagine selling slices of a large pizza. You can cut it into four even slices and charge $2 a slice. Or, you can cut it into eight even slices and charge $1 per slice. Either way, the total value of the pizza will still be $8. That’s what happens when a stock splits. Let’s say […] read more

Building Wealth Through Home Equity - Jul. 01, 2022

Building Wealth Through Home EquityOften the first house a person buys is an affordable condominium, townhouse or older single-family dwelling, also referred to as a “starter home.” It might be small and lack features they dream about, from new appliances in the kitchen, to dual sinks in the bath, to a large yard or a garage. However, the key […] read more

How Social Security Benefits Are Affected by Earned Income - Jun. 01, 2022

Thanks to the Great Resignation trend over the past year, there is a high availability of jobs. Therefore, now is a good time for retirees who would like to go back to work to ease into the job market. However, if you’ve already begun drawing Social Security benefits, you should understand how earning income will […] read more

New Required Minimum Distribution Rules for 2022 - May. 01, 2022

New Required Minimum Distribution Rules for 2022Starting in 2020, new legislation increased the age to begin Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from 70½ to 72. More recently, the IRS updated the Uniform Life Table for alignment with longer life expectancies. Note that it takes years for actuaries to work up new data for this table, and the recent changes do not reflect […] read more

Give a College Savings 529 Plan For Graduation - Apr. 01, 2022

Give a College Savings 529 Plan For GraduationIf you really want to make impact in your new grad’s life, make an investment in his or her future with a 529 College Savings account. There are two versions: an investment account and a prepaid account. Assuming you are opening an account now and don’t have time for investment growth, you may need to […] read more

How To Maximize the Potential of Your 401(k) Plan - Mar. 01, 2022

How To Maximize the Potential of Your 401(k) PlanOne of the easiest ways to save for retirement is to participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan. You simply select a percentage of your paycheck that you would like transferred to your 401(k) (or similar) account. Not only does your employer make the transfer for you, but it comes out of your paycheck before income […] read more

Create a Healthcare Plan for Retirement - Feb. 01, 2022

Create a Healthcare Plan for RetirementIf you pay $250 a month for cable and premium channels, that’s $3,000 a year. Over a 30-year period, the total cost would be $90,000. We don’t tend to think about how much we pay in regular expenses over the long term. However, that’s how various industry analysts report the cost of healthcare during retirement. […] read more

Long-Term Investment Opportunities Presented by the Infrastructure Bill - Jan. 01, 2022

Long-Term Investment Opportunities Presented by the Infrastructure BillIn November, President Biden signed legislative funding that represents the largest transportation spending package in U.S. history. The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized funding for roads, highways, bridges, public transit systems, utility systems, electrical grids, energy projects and broadband infrastructure. Because the funding extends over a five-year period, it should not have […] read more

Venture Capitalism and 'Unicorns' - Dec. 01, 2021

Venture Capitalism and 'Unicorns'Venture capitalism comes from an investor who offers money to start-up companies in exchange for an equity stake – much like you see on the ABC television show, Shark Tank. As a general rule, a venture capitalist (VC) invests after the new venture is up and running and looking for additional capital to further commercialize […] read more