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Long-Term Care Insurance Part 2: How Do I Fund It?

By Thomas "Greg" Darden, CLTC | March 6, 2020

This is the second part of a 2-part series on long-term care insurance where we look at its funding sources. In Part 1 we looked at what long-term care is, what it should cover, the care setting, and the cost of care. What are my possible funding sources? One thing is certain: long-term care (LTC) requires Read more…

Long-Term Care Insurance Part 1: How Much Do I Need?

By Thomas "Greg" Darden, CLTC | February 21, 2020

Every type of insurance you buy is a roll of the dice. Will you ever need it? And if you do, will it give you the coverage you thought you were buying? Long-term care (LTC) insurance is a classic case where you might ask these questions. The answers you get are typically just statistics. While Read more…

Five Positives and a Negative about the SECURE Act

By Bob Palechek, CPA | February 7, 2020

The U.S. Government is finally reacting to its concern that Americans are not saving enough for retirement. (About one-quarter of working Americans have no retirement savings.) So, Congress started writing bills and resolutions that would make it easier for certain employers to offer retirement plans to their employees – and for workers to save more Read more…

Flexible LTC Insurance Options

Long-Term Care Insurance: Four Key Features

By Thomas "Greg" Darden, CLTC | January 17, 2020

Your approach to funding a long-term care (LTC) plan may include insurance. While all LTC insurance policies are required by law to contain specific standard provisions, four features play a fundamental role when designing a long-term care policy that fits your needs. Each of these features affects the amount of premium you will pay. They Read more…

Tax Scams: How Not to Be a Victim

By Jo Madonna, E.A. | January 3, 2020

Thousands of people lose personal data and millions of dollars to tax scams each year, despite the IRS publishing its ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of top scams year after year. The IRS encourages Americans to remain ever vigilant and to become aware of the scams and tactics used in order to protect personal information. While scammers Read more…

Re-Balancing Your Portfolio: Part 2

Re-Balancing Your Portfolio: Part 2

By Scott Roark, MBA, PhD | December 20, 2019

Re-Balancing with Numbers In a recent blog post, I discussed the importance of re-balancing and how it fits into the spending phase of retirement.  In this article, I want to look at some specific re-balancing with numbers and how it has worked out over the past 5-15 years.  The numbers I put together actually go Read more…

Re-Balancing Your Portfolio: Part 1

Re-Balancing Your Portfolio: Part 1

By Scott Roark, MBA, PhD | December 6, 2019

Good discipline in investing is important in the years leading up to retirement – the accumulation phase of retirement planning.  It is important not to get too carried away if the market is going well by thinking stocks will move inexorably up.  Since March 2009, it feels like that has been the case and there Read more…

Possible Consequences of Long-Term Care

Possible Consequences of Long-Term Care

By Thomas "Greg" Darden, CLTC | November 22, 2019

The decision to be prepared for long-term care is often influenced by looking at the wrong issue. Many people view long-term care through the lens of risk, thinking that they might fall in that part of the population that reaches the end of their lives and never needs it. What colors their decision is the Read more…

Cap on SALT deductions

Understanding the Cap on SALT Deductions

By Jo Madonna, E.A. | November 8, 2019

Understanding the Cap on SALT Deductions Your first thought might be: “Does this apply to me?” Well, the easiest way to know is to look for a Schedule A (the schedule used for itemized deductions) on your most recent tax return. If you have a Schedule A, then the cap on SALT Deductions will apply Read more…

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Measuring Portfolio Performance

By Scott Roark, MBA, PhD | October 25, 2019

Jim and Chris spent some time discussing benchmarking in a recent Q&A podcast episode. It may be helpful to get in writing some more of the important ideas around this critical aspect of investment management. Measuring Portfolio Performance It is critical that a benchmark is used, because without benchmarking there is no objective measure of Read more…

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