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Kids & Money: Nurturing Your Child’s Financial Growth

Most kids learn the basics of money and making change in elementary school, but probably won’t learn how to manage money unless they choose finance as a career path. That means it is up to all of us to see that our children reach adulthood prepared to face life’s fiscal challenges.

Keeping Up With Your IRA: Tax Season Tips

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who owns either a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) or a Roth IRA, then the approach of tax season should serve as a reminder to review your retirement savings strategies and make any changes that will enhance your prospects for long-term financial security. It’s also a good time to open an IRA if you don’t already have one.

Maintain a Good Credit Rating

For better or for worse, the American way of financial life relies on debt as a way of solidifying a desired lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to establish a good credit history if you intend on making more substantial, debt-financed purchases in the future.

A Clean Slate: Review and Rebalance Your Portfolio

There is no better time to take a fresh look at your investment strategies than the beginning of the new year. And while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to investing for the future, reviewing your goals annually can help you stay on track from month to month--and year to year.

It Pays to Plan Ahead: 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

As 2013 draws to a close, the last thing anyone wants to think about is taxes. But if you are looking for potential ways to minimize your tax bill, there’s no better time for planning than before year-end. And, with the higher rates put in place with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, being tax efficient is more important than ever.

An Estate Planning Checklist

Because you have worked hard to create a secure and comfortable lifestyle for your family and loved ones, you will want to ensure that you have a sound financial strategy that includes trust and estate planning. With some forethought, you may be able to minimize gift and estate taxes and preserve more of your assets for those you care about.

Changing Jobs or Retiring? Don’t Forget Your Retirement Savings!

If you’re like many Americans, you probably intend to rely on your employer-sponsored retirement plan savings for a significant portion of your retirement income. So when it comes time to make important decisions, such as what to do with the money in your plan when you change jobs or retire, you should be fully aware of your options...

Consider Prepaid Tuition Plans for College Savings

If you’re currently investing for your children’s college education or are planning to do so in the near future, you may want to consider a state-sponsored prepaid tuition plan. Generally speaking, these plans, which are now available in many states, allow you to pay tomorrow’s tuition bills at today’s tuition rates. In addition...

Understanding and Managing Risk in a Bond Portfolio

As interest rates spiked in the second quarter of this year, many bond investors shifted gears from intermediate and long-term bonds to bonds with shorter maturities. The relationship between interest rates and bond prices is just one of many potential risks associated with bond investing. So why consider bonds?

Using Life Insurance to Ensure Business Continuity

The loss of critical personnel can be life threatening to small businesses; however, it's a risk that life insurance can often mitigate. In fact, life insurance policies are frequently used in plans aimed at making it possible for a business to survive a change of ownership or the loss of a partner, the chief executive or an employee whose creative talent, technical knowledge or salesmanship drives the business...

How to Work With a Financial Advisor

The continuously shifting investment climate, the sheer number of investment products to choose from and the emergence of employee-driven retirement savings plans, such as 401(k) plans, have all contributed to the increased need for qualified financial advice. No matter what your level of investment experience or sophistication, you may benefit from developing a relationship with a financial advisor...​

Home Refinancing Basics

In recent years, Americans seeking to capitalize on low interest rates have lined up to refinance their mortgages--often resulting in significantly lower monthly payments. While it’s true that refinancing has the potential to help reduce the costs associated with borrowing money to own a home, it is not necessarily a strategy that makes sense for every individual...

Key Questions About Retirement Income Planning

Managing money in retirement involves decisions about withdrawal rates, asset allocation and a host of other factors that will impact your lifestyle and how long your assets will last. Following are some straightforward answers to commonly asked questions about planning for income needs in retirement.​

Small-Business Financing: Debt vs. Equity

Business owners who seek financing face a fundamental choice: Should they borrow funds or take in new investment capital? Since debt and equity are accounted for differently, each has a different impact on earnings, cash flow and taxes...

Strategies for Tax-Efficient Investing

Just about every investor knows, it’s not necessarily what your investments earn, but what they earn after taxes that counts. After factoring in federal income and capital gains taxes, the alternative minimum tax, and any applicable state and local taxes, your investment returns in any given year may be reduced by 40% or more.

Saving for Short-Term Financial Goals

Most of us know we need to save for our future goals. Buying a home, providing an education for our children and investing for a secure retirement are the most common long-term savings goals. But what about next year’s vacation, remodeling or refurbishing your house, or buying a second car?

Naming Beneficiaries of Insurance Policies and Retirement Plans

One estate planning concern that is shared by people from all walks of life is who gets what when you pass on. While some individuals logically may assume that a last will and testament is the only official forum to express such decisions, that is not always the case. Often, an equally important issue is determining who to name as beneficiary on life insurance policies, employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts and IRAs, since beneficiaries of these assets are paid directly as named...

Getting Your Children Involved in Saving for College

The planning required to send a child to college may seem overwhelming, but parents do not have to do all the work. Getting children involved in college planning may be an excellent way to teach responsibility to young people—a lesson that could reap benefits well beyond their college years.

Diversification: A Fundamental Strategy for Reducing Portfolio Risk

Diversification is one of the most basic investment concepts. It is used by novice investors and sophisticated portfolio managers alike to help reduce portfolio risk and dampen the negative effects of market volatility. The premise behind diversification is easy to grasp: When you own a range of investments, you may reduce risk by creating the potential for better performers to compensate for poor performers.

Good Debt, Bad Debt: Keys for Knowing the Difference

Today debt and instant credit are part of our everyday lives. The convenience of instant credit, however, has taken its toll. Many individuals use credit cards to spend more than they earn. Some, who never use credit, can be denied a loan or credit when they have a justifiable use for it. Using credit establishes a history of financial responsibility: Until you establish a credit history, your chances of qualifying for an important loan, such as a mortgage, are greatly reduced.

Making a Charitable Choice

The greatest benefit of charitable giving is the knowledge that you’ve made a positive contribution to others. At the same time, charitable giving can also provide tax breaks so long as you are aware of some rules and keep track of what you’ve donated.

Your Second Wind - Starting a New Business in Retirement

For generations past, retirement represented an extended period of leisure time punctuated by occasional games of golf and bridge. But today, with lengthening life expectancies and dwindling pensions, many Americans are looking to retirement as an opportunity to start a new business.

Using 529 Plans to Invest for College & Manage Wealth

Paying for a child’s or grandchild’s college education is an expensive proposition, even for many high-net-worth Americans. Today’s elite institutions promise graduates a rewarding future, but at a cost that more often than not extends well into six figures. Enter the 529 plan, a tax-advantaged investment vehicle generally available to families regardless of their income level. For affluent parents and grandparents, a 529 plan offers a variety of potential benefits

Women & Retirement: What You Need to Know

More than half of women (53%) surveyed recently are the primary breadwinners in their households, yet only 20% consider themselves “very well prepared” with their financial decision making.1 Nearly one-third of those surveyed said they earn more than their spouse as a direct result of the rocky economy. Among male breadwinners, 45% consider themselves

Pay Yourself First - and Regularly - With Dollar Cost Averaging

To remain financially responsible, everyone must pay bills on a regular basis. These bills include mortgages, utilities, car loans and credit cards. Unfortunately, many people do not also heed the oft-quoted advice to pay themselves first. The reality is that a steady saving and investing plan is sometimes necessary to help pursue such financial goals as paying for a wedding or new car, buying a house and funding retirement. One strategy that can help you develop a

Incentive Trusts-Keeping a Steady Hand on the Tiller

A good legacy may work wonders for those left behind, but you may feel that your heirs need more than just financial benefit from your estate. If you would like to provide direction to your heirs and help ensure that they pursue important life goals, you may consider including incentive trusts in your estate plans.

Rebalancing to Keep Your Portfolio on Track

Over time some asset classes or investments inevitably outperform or underperform others causing your portfolio allocation to shift. This is especially true during times of heightened volatility, like the markets are experiencing today. This shift, also known as “portfolio drift,” can significantly increase a portfolio’s risk and cause it to become misaligned with its target allocation.

 
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