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10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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10 Common Estate Planning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Estate planning and end of life planning are about taking control of your situation. Death and long-term care later in life might be hard to fathom right now, but we can’t put off planning out of fear of the unknown or because it’s unpleasant. Don’t wait for life to happen to you, though.

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4 Ways To Improve Your Estate Plan

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4 Ways To Improve Your Estate Plan

By Jamie Hopkins Everyone’s heard the stories of celebrities who died without a proper estate plan in place. It’s been a hot topic in the last few years with Prince and Aretha Franklin serving as unfortunate faces of the phenomenon. But it’s not just freewheeling entertainers. Abraham Lincoln – a lawyer by trade – didn’t have one either, which leads me to say something you’ve probably never heard anyone say: don’t be like Abraham Lincoln.

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Breaking Down The Basics Of HSAs

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Breaking Down The Basics Of HSAs

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) might be the single most powerful tax-advantaged savings vehicle in the IRS tax code. You can deduct contributions, experience tax-deferred gains and withdraw money tax free for qualified tax expenditures.

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Busting Three Half-Truths About Reverse Mortgages

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Busting Three Half-Truths About Reverse Mortgages

A few years back, I conducted and published research in the Journal of Financial Planning that showed Americans don’t understand reverse mortgages. In fact, respondents scored below 50 percent on a 10-question true-false quiz.

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How to Get Investors to Save More for Retirement? Perhaps by Saying Hello to Their Future Self

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How to Get Investors to Save More for Retirement? Perhaps by Saying Hello to Their Future Self

The number of Americans prepared to meet their basic expenses in retirement has drastically declined in the last 20 years, according to research published by Boston College.

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Breaking Down The Complex World Of Social Security Spousal Benefits

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Breaking Down The Complex World Of Social Security Spousal Benefits

Social Security is part of the bedrock of retirement security in the United States. For one-third of all retirees, Social Security represents nearly all of their retirement income. For two-thirds of retirees, Social Security makes up more than half of their retirement income. Overall, Social Security represents nearly one-third of all retirement income for retirees.

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Wall Street pros aren’t the only investors feeling the heat in the current market plunge

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Wall Street pros aren’t the only investors feeling the heat in the current market plunge

Investors are likely getting more volatility than they bargained for this late in the year. With the stock market continuing its downward slide, individual investors may be tempted to sell stocks and sit with their cash on the sidelines until the carnage ends.

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Wall Street Managers have cost Americans more than $600 Billion over the Past Decade

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Wall Street Managers have cost Americans more than $600 Billion over the Past Decade

Over the last decade, fund managers who oversee the pensions of the nation’s teachers, firefighters, police and other government workers have doubled down on an investment strategy that has cost U.S. taxpayers at least $600 billion, possibly more than $1 trillion, investment data and calculations by Yahoo Finance found.

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