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The Value of Life Insurance through the Years

Life insurance is one of those products that never stops being useful. It's not something exclusively designed for the young and, in fact, policies can have so many different features that they can gain new uses as you age. Let's take a look at three different age groups who can especially benefit from life insurance.

In Search of the Right Financial Advisor

The challenge for most people today is finding the right financial advisor. The sheer number of financial professionals holding themselves out as “financial advisors,” makes it a daunting task at best. It is easier if you know what to look for, but that requires an acute sense of what exactly you want from an advisory relationship.

Estate Planning 101

Five Essentials of Social Security Benefits

You probably wouldn't expect to know how to effectively use all the features of a specialty saw in a craftsman’s workshop without some instructions. Likewise, you shouldn't expect to understand all the ins and outs of Social Security without a little help. Just like that specialty saw, Social Security is a tool you should try to thoroughly understand before you begin using it.

Financial Mistakes People Make at Different Ages

There's a saying that with age comes wisdom, but this may not always be true in the financial world. As people move through different life stages, there are new opportunities--and potential pitfalls--around every corner.

In your 20s

What is asset allocation?

Each type of investment has specific strengths and weaknesses that enable it to play a specific role in your overall investing strategy. Some investments may offer growth potential. Others may provide regular income or relative safety, or simply serve as a temporary place to park your money. And some investments may even serve to fill more than one role.

Have a Long Term goal? Financial Planning can Help You get you there

After several years of wallowing in financial upheaval caused by a severe recession and financial crisis, Americans are, once again, looking to the future. A renewed confidence has many people setting their sights on long term goals that, just a few years ago, may have seemed out of reach.

Five Ways to Manage Risk in Your Retirement Savings Plan

Your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan is a convenient way to help you accumulate money for retirement. Using payroll deductions, you invest for the future automatically, following that oft-noted advice to "pay yourself first." But choosing to participate is just one important step. Another key to making it work for you is managing risk in your portfolio.

Saving Money Versus Paying Off Debt

Prepaid Funeral Arrangements Can Have Grave Consequences

An important part of estate planning involves consideration of funeral or memorial arrangements, including paying for some or all of the costs in advance. Planning ahead not only spares your survivors from the stress of making these decisions, but prepaying for your services relieves your survivors from the burden of worrying about money during an otherwise difficult time.

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