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How Savvy Investors Plan for Education Expenses (2020 Update)

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There is a changing reality for many parents: that advanced planning and a long-term strategy for financing a child’s education are becoming more of a necessity than a luxury, even for families of significant means. Education funding is one of the largest expenditures most American families will undertake, and costs continue to grow, far outpacing inflation. Today, average costs for just tuition and fees, not including room and board, exceed $36,880 per year for private schools, and $10,440 for in-state residents (or $26,820 for out-of-state residents) attending public schools. Funding four years of college, or potentially more, requires forethought, and…
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The Importance of Working With a Fiduciary Advisor

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Deciding to work with a financial advisor can be a stressful decision. It requires sharing intimate financial details with a stranger and implies a deep level of trust that takes time to build. A reasonable assumption would be that the advisor on the other side of the table is required to act in your best interest over their own. In today’s fractured advisor marketplace, however, the simple truth is it is not always so. What is a Fiduciary? A fiduciary is a person (or entity) acting on behalf of another party who must put that party’s interests ahead of their…
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What To Do With an Inherited IRA

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Losing a loved one can bring not only an emotional burden, but also significant financial responsibilities related to settling the estate. If you are a beneficiary to retirement plan assets, you may inherit control of all or part of a retirement plan account. So, what exactly can one do with an inherited Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a Roth IRA? What responsibilities do you have to the newly inherited account? The answers to these questions may depend on your relationship to the deceased. Here I will discuss several factors that will determine what you can do with inherited retirement assets.…
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Integrating Military Benefits into Your Financial Planning

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As a financial advisor for over three decades and a former U.S. Navy officer with a daughter on active duty and several veterans in the family, a recent conversation I had with a client brought my two worlds together. The client’s son was beginning their military service and had several financial questions about military benefits. This reminded me of the importance of working with an advisor who understands these benefits and can help weave them into a greater financial plan. Whether you are retired military, established in your career as an active duty or reserve member of the military, or…
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Understanding and Maximizing Your Employee Benefits

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While salary is one of the most important benefit considerations for any job, it certainly isn’t everything. Whether you’re evaluating job offers or simply reviewing options at your current workplace, understanding everything available to you is the key to properly evaluating a job opportunity and ensuring that you don’t leave anything on the table. Though many of our clients and readers are well-versed in their own benefits options, it can be challenging to consider all angles of a benefits package at the early stages of your career, or conversely, difficult to re-assess as life progresses and your needs change. To…
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How to Avoid Outliving Your Assets

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According to the Social Security Administration, average life expectancies for current retirees are now 86.5 for women and 84 for men. While this means people can expect to enjoy more than 20 years in retirement, it also means that their retirement savings must sustain them for decades. But for many, the idea of living off one’s savings is terrifying. In its 2019 “Retirement Planning Survey,” Financial Advisor Magazine reported that 45% of advisors said outliving assets is one of the biggest threats that their clients face in retirement. Another 2019 study from Employee Benefit Research Institute found that only 42%…
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Ways to Take Financial Action During the Pandemic

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The sweeping impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have upended all of our lives in different ways. Given the seriousness of the situation and for many, a new work from home reality, there has never been a better time to re-examine you and your family’s financial plan. We have written about the need for financial planning given unexpected situations such as incapacitation before, but given this unique situation and the passage of the CARES Act, we feel it is necessary to return to a few key planning opportunities. Review Estate and Incapacitation Documents Use this opportunity for a complete review of…
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