Month: March 2017

Market Summaries

When we find ourselves infected with fear and panic, Psalm 46 is a strong dose of good medicine, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters...
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Diversification

When investing, particularly for long-term goals, there is one concept you will likely hear about over and over again — diversification. Why is diversification so important? The simple reason is that it helps ensure that your risk of loss is spread among a number of different investments. The theory...
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Indexed Annuities

If you want to limit potential losses while participating in the potentially attractive returns of a market-driven investment but would also like a guaranteed return, an indexed annuity might be worth checking out. The performance of indexed annuities, also referred to as equity-indexed or fixed-indexed annuities, is tied to...
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Why do people buy annuities?

Annuities are insurance-based financial vehicles that can provide many benefits sought by retirement-minded investors. There are a number of reasons why people buy annuities. Deferral of taxes is a big benefit, and so is the ability to put large sums of money into an annuity — more than is...
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Indexed Annuities 2

An indexed annuity (IA) is a contract between you and an insurance company. You pay premiums in a lump sum or periodically, and the issuer promises* to pay you some amount in the future. The IA issuer also provides a minimum guaranteed* interest rate on your premiums paid. With...
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Balancing Work and Family

At one time, the typical American family looked like this: a breadwinner father who commuted a short distance to work and earned a very good living, and a stay-at-home mother who took care of the kids and family home with aplomb. Life seemed easy and manageable, with plenty of...
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A Retirement Income Roadmap for Women

More women are working and taking charge of their own retirement planning than ever before. What does retirement mean to you? Do you dream of traveling? Pursuing a hobby? Volunteering your time, or starting a new career or business? Simply enjoying more time with your grandchildren? Whatever your goal,...
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A Woman’s Guide to Health Care in Retirement

At any age, health care is a priority. But when you retire, you should probably focus more on health care than ever before. That’s why it’s particularly important for women to factor in the cost of health care, including long-term care, as part of their retirement plan. How much...
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Getting Help from a Financial Professional

Are you suddenly on your own or forced to assume greater responsibility for your financial future? Unsure about whether you’re on the right track with your savings and investments? Finding yourself with new responsibilities, such as the care of a child or an aging parent? Facing other life events,...
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Women and Money: Taking Control of Your Finances

As a woman, you have financial needs that are unique to your situation in life. Perhaps you would like to buy your first home. Maybe you need to start saving for your child’s college education. Or you might be concerned about planning for retirement. Whatever your circumstances may be,...
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How Women Are Different from Men, Financially Speaking

We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes. In the financial world, women often find themselves in very different circumstances than their male counterparts. Everyone wants financial security. Yet women often...
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I’m marrying someone with bad credit. How will this affect me?

Answer: You are not responsible for your future spouse’s bad credit or debt, unless you choose to take it on by getting a loan together to pay off the debt. However, your future spouse’s credit problems can prevent you from getting credit as a couple after you’re married. Even...
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Medicaid Planning Basics

The best time to plan for the possibility of nursing home care is when you’re still healthy. By doing so, you may be able to pay for your long-term care and preserve assets for your loved ones. How? Through Medicaid planning. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides...
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Health Insurance for College Students

As your child prepares to head off to college, probably the last thing on his or her mind (and yours) is health insurance. But getting sick or injured away from home can be an unpleasant experience–more so if your child doesn’t know his or her health-care options. You’ll want...
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Research Tips When Choosing a College

It seems like only yesterday you were bandaging scraped knees and waving at the school bus, and now it’s time for your child to choose a college. You may think a hands-off approach is best to avoid interfering, but it’s important to help your child research schools. Not only...
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What expenses are included in the annual cost of college?

Most students start investigating colleges in their junior year of high school, though you can certainly start earlier if you want to. Beginning the search a full year before your child needs to apply to college should allow plenty of time to compare schools and help you feel in...
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Refinancing Your Mortgage

When you refinance your mortgage, you take out a new home loan and use some or all of the proceeds to pay off the existing one. There are a variety of reasons why you may want to consider refinancing your mortgage, such as: Lowering your monthly mortgage payment by...
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How Does Cash Value in a Life Insurance Policy Really Work?

When you own cash value life insurance, your premium payments are allocated three ways. First, a portion of each premium pays for the actual insurance costs. Like term insurance, a specific cost is associated with the policy’s death benefit, based on your age, health, and other underwriting criteria. Second,...
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Choosing a Credit Card

Like dandelions in a spring lawn, credit card offers pop up everywhere–stuffing your mailbox, flashing on the Internet, even falling from the magazines in your doctor’s waiting room. And they all sound so attractive. “0% APR until next year!” “No fee if you transfer a balance now!” “Low fixed...
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How Will I Manage to Send My Child to College?

Being able to send your child to college is near the top of the wish list for most parents. A college education can open doors to many opportunities, and is increasingly necessary in today’s economy. But that diploma doesn’t come cheap. Unless you are very well off financially, it’s...
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Paying for Graduate School

Maybe you’ve decided that graduate school is the path to advancement in your current job or your ticket to a better career. Or maybe you just want to take a few classes to upgrade your skills. Either way, returning to school as an adult often involves financial sacrifices. How...
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Laid Off

Did you lose your Life Insurance from work? Get a FREE Term Life Quote here: https://www.naaip.org/gfsfinancial/compare-life# There are a number of ways you can smooth the transition to your next job. To begin, you’ll want to plan on your job search taking six months and budget accordingly. Your budget...
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I need money: can I take funds from my IRA?

Answer: Yes, but the taxable portion of your distribution may be subject to a 10 percent penalty for early withdrawal if you’re not yet age 59½. If you are 59½ or older and take money from your traditional IRA, you will not be assessed a penalty, though you may...
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What is COBRA?

Health Care During Transitional Periods The term “COBRA” is commonly used to refer to certain provisions of Title X of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986. This law provides an opportunity for employees and their dependents who have been covered by an employer-sponsored health insurance plan to...
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Dealing with Periods of Crisis

What is it? By definition, a crisis is a turning point, a time when you have to make crucial decisions (often suddenly) that will affect your future. Although smart planning is the key to effectively dealing with periods of crisis, you may find yourself suddenly dealing with an unexpected...
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Unemployment Compensation

Unemployment Compensation What is unemployment compensation? Unemployment compensation (also called unemployment insurance) is a federal-state system of benefits that pays workers who are involuntarily unemployed a portion of their wages until they are able to find another job. How is unemployment compensation funded? Unemployment compensation is financed by employer...
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Coping with the Emotional Impact of Losing Your Job

Coping with the Emotional Impact of Losing Your Job Job loss can cause stress Losing your job can exact an emotional toll on you and your family. Recognizing these emotions and dealing with them positively can go a long way toward helping you and your family cope with the...
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Setting Up a Support Network When You’re Unemployed

Setting Up a Support Network When You’re Unemployed What is an unemployment support network? An unemployment support network is a group of people, organizations, or resources available to help you cope with issues that unemployed people must face. Setting up a support network when you’re unemployed is important for...
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Surviving Financially When You’re Unemployed

Surviving Financially When You’re Unemployed What is it? When you lose your job, you may have to put yourself on a financial diet. Just as losing weight is simple if you eat less (and exercise more), staying afloat financially is simple if you spend less. Is this process going...
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Starting a Family Checklist

Starting a Family Checklist General information Yes No N/A 1. Has relevant personal information been gathered? 2. Marital status? Time frame for starting a family 3. Has financial situation been assessed? Income Expenses Assets Debts and liabilities Insurance information Employee benefits available Notes: Money management Yes No N/A 1....
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Merging Your Money When You Marry

Getting married is exciting, but it brings many challenges. One such challenge that you and your spouse will have to face is how to merge your finances. Planning carefully and communicating clearly are important, because the financial decisions that you make now can have a lasting impact on your...
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Planning for Marriage to Someone with Children

Need Life Insurance? Click here: https://www.naaip.org/gfsfinancial/compare-life# What is it? Marrying someone with children means that your finances will become a lot more complicated as you take into account the needs of your spouse and any children who join your household. Many of the issues you confront will be the same...
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Tax Issues Related to Marriage

What are tax issues related to marriage? If you’re married (or about to be married), financial planning is certainly important. It’s also important for you to be aware of the income tax ramifications of your decisions. Although there are a number of tax issues related to marriage, you should...
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Property Ownership Issues that Concern Married Couples

What is it? The way that you as a married couple structure the ownership of your real or personal property is an important step in the financial planning of your future together. Whether you own a piece of real estate or a checking/savings account, the method of property ownership...
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Insurance Issues that Concern Married Couples

Insurance Issues that Concern Married Couples What is it? If you are married or planning to marry, you should determine how marriage impacts your insurance needs. The lack of proper insurance protection can lead a married couple into financial ruin. If you already have disability or life insurance policies,...
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Money Issues That Concern Married Couples

https://www.naaip.org/gfsfinancial/compare-life# Money Issues That Concern Married Couples What is it? Marriage is an important step in anyone’s life and brings many challenges with it. One of those challenges is the management of your finances as a couple. The money decisions that you make now as a couple can have...
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Planning for Marriage

  What is it? Planning for marriage encompasses more than just deciding whether to serve chicken at the reception and whether you should take a honeymoon cruise. If you are planning for marriage, you are faced with the enormous responsibility of combining your personal finances with your spouse’s, and...
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Applying for a Mortgage

Banks will try to sell you Very Expensive Life Insurance With Your Loan. IT IS ALWAYS CHEAPER TO OWN YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL POLICY THAN BUYING THE BANK’S “MORTGAGE INSURANCE”  GET A FREE QUOTE HERE: https://www.naaip.org/gfsfinancial/compare-life# Since most people finance their home purchases, buying a home usually involves applying for...
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Buying a Home Checklist

GET LIFE INSURANCE FIRST: https://www.naaip.org/gfsfinancial/compare-life# CLICK ABOVE FOR FREE TERM QUOTE General information Yes No N/A 1. Has relevant personal information been gathered? 2. Has financial situation been assessed? Income Expenses Assets Liabilities Notes: Choosing the right home Yes No N/A 1. Has a real estate professional been contacted?...
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