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Money Management Wisdom

Take these financial lessons to heart.  You have a chance to manage your money better than previous generations have. Some crucial financial steps may help you do just that. Live below your means and refrain from living on margin. How much do you save per month? Generations ago, Americans routinely saved 10% or more of…

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Are You Fully Covered?

Take a moment to see if you are adequately protected. Not all home insurance policies are alike. Coverage amounts obviously vary, and so do coverage areas. Taking ten minutes to scrutinize what your policy does (and does not) cover is a wise idea. Tricia London with Alandale Insurance Co. in Los Alamitos states, “Insurance companies…

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You Know Real Estate. Do you know REITs?

These alternative investments let you own real estate without having to be a landlord.  What is a REIT? A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a real estate investment company that manages a portfolio of income properties, distributing the lion’s share of its profits as dividends. By getting into a REIT, you can gain an…

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Stay Invested, Ignore the Noise

Expect more volatility, but avoid letting the headlines alter your plans. Recent headlines have disturbed what was an unusually calm stock market. The political uproar in Washington may continue for weeks or months, and it could mean significant, ongoing turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor, a retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter…

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Robo-Advisors vs. Human Advisors

If an investor chooses a non-human financial advisor, what price could they end up paying? Investors have a choice today that they did not have a decade ago. They can seek investing and retirement planning guidance from a human financial advisor or put their invested assets in the hands of a robo-advisor – a software…

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You Have Unclaimed Cash!

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How can you find & obtain it?   More than $40 billion in unclaimed cash & property waits to be returned. At first glance, that figure seems staggering, unbelievable – and, yet, it is true. To be more exact, the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administration (NAUPA), a coalition of state unclaimed property programs, puts the…

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How Financial Professionals Are Paid

A look at an ongoing discussion that impacts retirement savers & investors.   Fee Historically, financial services professionals have been paid in the same way. Sales or trading commissions linked to investment transactions were the norm. Brokers sold products and made trades to earn a living. Retirement planning or wealth management strategies were not emphasized. Fee…

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Parents, Alzheimer’s & Money

Easing into a difficult conversation. FIDUCIARY Every eighth American aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease, and 43% of Americans aged 85 and older have it, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Consider those percentages in light of the Social Security Administration’s estimate that about 25% of today’s 65-year-olds will live past age 90. These shocking…

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