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Handling Unwanted Annuities

October 1, 2007

A number of people bought annuities years ago that no longer suit their needs. Sometimes there has been a major life change relating to marriage, death, or inheritance. Other times a person’s financial needs have changed. They want money now instead of waiting for annuity payouts. Some simply are dissatisfied with the returns of the […]


How to Plug a Leak in Your Safety Net

October 1, 2007

About 60% of U.S. homes are underinsured by more than 20%, according to a survey by the Chubb Group. Many people do not understand their home-owner’s insurance and how it has changed over the years. It is not the simple product it seems to be, and many people are overlooking some key details. The more […]

October 2007

October 1, 2007

October 23, 2007 02:25 a.m. Global Boom or Global Bust? Just as investors were developing unbridled optimism about stocks, corporate executives pulled them up short. A spate of earnings reports last week dimmed investor enthusiasm and caused stock prices to tumble. The Nasdaq fell 2.6%, as did the S&P 500 and Dow. Small stocks represented […]


Starter Funds for Youngsters

October 1, 2007

Investing will a key to the financial security of today’s youth. It will be more important to them it was to previous generations. Today’s youngsters will rely primarily on their own resources for retirement. The earlier someone starts investing, the easier it will be for him or her to become financially secure. Yet, financial services […]


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How to Ensure the Medical Care You Want

October 1, 2007

Essential parts of any financial or estate plan are the health care documents. Everyone needs these documents, regardless of the value of the estate. Even if you are not ready to put the rest of the plan into place, the health care documents should be prepared and executed. One problem with many plans is that […]

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Estate Planning for Shifts in the Estate Tax Law

October 1, 2007

Big changes are due in the estate tax law, but no one can be sure what those changes will be. Yet, all estate owners need to have an estate plan in place, and that plan needs to meet the owner’s goals whatever the tax law is. The plan should be flexible, address the most likely […]


Surprising Tax Havens

October 1, 2007

State tax laws discriminate based on age, and that can be a good thing for some taxpayers. Even notoriously high tax states can be tax havens for retirees. In fact, Florida and other retiree magnets might not be the tax havens they are promoted as when the full tax picture is considered. Florida has no […]


The Safe, Profitable Way to Invest in Hedge Funds

September 1, 2007

Hedge funds continue to make the headlines, largely because of funds that did not hedge anything. As many investors are finding out, these days “hedge fund” is a generic term that identifies any investment vehicle not subject to SEC regulations. Traditionally a hedge fund purchased investments the managers liked and sold short those that appeared […]

October 2020:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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