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It Is Not If But When

"It's not "if," but when..." According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, as of July 1, 2019, the U.S. is officially in its longest expansion ever. For over 120 months, the economy has been growing. However, in recent weeks, there have been signs of a potential slowdown. While I tend toward optimism, I do [...]

By |2019-12-13T22:13:28+00:00December 13th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

Women And The Retirement Nightmare

For several years I worked as a volunteer for the local food bank. It supplied those in need with weekly baskets of food and other necessities of life. It was very special to help, and I have numerous memories of that time. I met many people who wanted nothing more than to be of help [...]

By |2019-11-22T07:22:16+00:00November 22nd, 2019|Retirement Planning|

Baby Boomers And Mortgage Debt

I  remember when our church in Emmett Idaho finally was able to retire the mortgage. Our parish had a pot luck dinner; several parish members spoke, including my mother, and then a ceremony to burn the mortgage. I was 11 years old then and knew nothing of money or a mortgage; what I do remember [...]

By |2019-11-19T05:50:52+00:00November 18th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

There Are Fees And Then There Are Fees

I believe in full transparency when presenting solutions to my clients for their goals and needs. There is no one perfect product for everyone, and so we need to do a complete fact-finder to find the right product to satisfy the situation. Sometimes there is no solution that I can offer, and I will state [...]

By |2019-11-18T15:00:55+00:00November 18th, 2019|Annuities, Retirement Planning|

Self Directed Individual Retirement Accounts IRA

Learn the benefits and the downside of directing your own IRA Even many of the more sophisticated, adventurous investors among us know little to nothing about Self-Directed IRAs (SDIRAs). These alternatives to traditional IRAs offer knowledgeable investors the opportunity to customize an exclusive IRA account with a diverse array of products not commonly available in [...]

By |2019-11-12T18:29:32+00:00November 12th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

These Annuities Can Give You A Little Extra TLC

Planning for annual expenses is only part of what it takes to create a more prosperous and happy post-career life. It's also crucial to consider the costs associated with age-related loss of independence. Chronic illnesses, accidents, and injuries can happen throughout a person's lifetime. These occurrences are especially impactful in the later years and often [...]

By |2019-10-25T18:07:55+00:00October 18th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

7 Things You Must Know About Claiming Social Security

Social Security is a great program, but knowing when and how to claim your benefits can determine how much you collect. Here are seven potential problems you need to consider so you can maximize your Social Security income. 1: Remarrying Before Age 60 If your spouse dies, you will be entitled, in most situations, to [...]

By |2019-10-16T13:52:31+00:00October 16th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

The Black Swan And Retirement

What is a “Black Swan” event and how could it affect your retirement plans?   "Go ask your portfolio manager for his definition of "risk," and the odds are that he will supply you with a measure that excludes the possibility of the Black Swan-hence one that has no better predictive value for assessing the [...]

By |2019-10-18T16:00:35+00:00October 14th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

The Wisdom Of Planning For Possible Illness

How Medicare Supplemental And Long Term Care Planning Can Make All The Difference In Your Life When people enter their Golden Years, many transition from an employer-sponsored health plan to Medicare with confusion. The importance of adding an effective Medicare supplemental policy, and also considering adding plans to cover long term care expenses cannot be [...]

By |2019-10-14T21:45:33+00:00October 14th, 2019|Retirement Planning|

Fear And Ignorance In Retirement Planning

A recent report from the American College illustrates the lack of information and knowledge most Americans have when it comes to their financial lives. This can become a significant problem for those working towards a retirement that has enough funds to make the “golden” years “golden.” The simple fact that so many Americans are misinformed [...]

By |2019-10-08T21:26:42+00:00October 8th, 2019|Retirement Planning|