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Everyone knows the benefits of a good night’s sleep. But when your mind is on money, sometimes it’s hard to sink into slumber. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans occasionally experience sleep problems due to financial woes. The cost of health care tops the list with more than a third of respondents saying their fretting […]

Springtime often requires some financial spring cleaning. This is the best time to ensure your accounts are up to date and secure. Here are 3 tips to help keep your finances safe and sound: 1. Update your beneficiaries listing. In the United States, unclaimed payouts from policies such as life insurance are vast. In fact, […]

For many investors looking to secure their cash flow in retirement, annuities are a common way to receive the guaranteed income they need. Different annuities exist, so knowing which option fits your financial life and goals is important. Here are some points on the differences between qualified and nonqualified annuities. What is a qualified annuity? […]

Developing a sound retirement strategy requires periodic reviews and analyses of projected income levels in order to maintain the lifestyle you envision. Annuities can serve as useful investments for retirees looking to generate guaranteed income. According to one investor poll, having a guaranteed income is a top priority of 56% of respondents.1 Yet, most Americans […]

Paying for health care in retirement is not an easy task. Despite rising costs and increasingly complex coverage requirements, you can take steps today to help ensure you’re not struggling tomorrow. As you explore your own retirement planning and health-care expenses, here are some facts to keep in mind: Fact 1: We Are Living Longer […]

More than one-third of Americans have little to no money saved for retirement. Most of them are part of generation X, who were most affected by the Great Recession of 2008.1 They lost almost half of their net wealth during a time when they carried hefty financial obligations including mortgages, aging parents, and children – […]

Saving for retirement to sustain your standard of living is a continual effort to prevent your quality of life from declining in later years. Unfortunately, for many retirees, this goal can be difficult to achieve. Even with planning, 52% of working-age households may not be able to sustain their lifestyles in retirement.1 You can take […]

Before you retired, you may have spent time developing strategies to help you reach your retirement goals. You might have invested for the income you would need, minimized your debt, or protected yourself with long-term-care insurance. By focusing on your financial goals and envisioning the lifestyle you wanted for that next stage in life, you […]

Saving money before and during retirement so their standard of living doesn’t suffer is important for many retirees. Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t saving nearly enough and are falling short of setting aside adequate funds to support their retirement needs. The average retirement savings for people aged 56-61 is only $163,577. Meanwhile, retirees can spend nearly […]

No one likes to think about dementia and cognitive decline in themselves or their loved ones. But, for many families, this is an incredibly important topic to address. In fact, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 10% of people aged 65 and older. When they pass away, 1 in 3 seniors has Alzheimer’s or […]

If you’re a federal employee, you have financial benefits available to you that are different from other retirement plans. If you directed your annuity benefits to your children, you have specific distribution details to consider. Here are answers to questions about managing annuity benefits for children: When do the benefits pay out? Your annuity as […]

Life insurance policies and annuities can be helpful in providing extra protection and income for you and your family. But you can also increase the value of these benefits with certain tax advantages that each investment provides. Here are some ways that life insurance and annuities provide you with tax benefits. Life Insurance Tax Benefits […]

Financial fraud is, unfortunately, a common practice in America that costs individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. Research shows that people often underreport financial fraud, which is difficult to investigate and prosecute. As a result, staying aware of different scamming techniques is an important way to protect yourself and your family. Here are […]

Losing a spouse is never easy and a difficult topic for many to even imagine. But when you become a widow or widower, moving beyond the grief to address important financial items in your life is essential. Whether you recently lost your loved one or you need to prepare for the road ahead, here are […]

The countdown to tax day has begun. December 31, 2017 closed the books on the old year and started the 15 week clock to the federal tax filing day on April 17, 2018. Officially set for April 15 of every year, the IRS moved this year’s date to April 17, a Tuesday. April 15 this […]

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