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Business Cents: Is Now the Right Time to Go Roth?

Provided by Garrett German Will federal income tax rates ever be lower than they are right now? Given the outlook for Social Security and Medicare, it is hard to imagine them falling much further. Higher federal income taxes could very well be on the horizon, as the tax cuts set by the 2017 reforms are […]

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Business Cents: 5 Retirement Concerns Too Often Overlooked

Provided by Garrett German Retirement is undeniably a major life and financial transition. Even so, baby boomers can run the risk of growing nonchalant about some of the financial challenges that retirement poses, for not all are immediately obvious. In looking forward to their “second acts,” boomers may overlook a few matters that a thorough […]

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Business Cents: Comprehensive Financial Planning: Why It Matters

Provided by Garrett German Just what is comprehensive financial planning? As you invest and save for retirement, you may hear or read about it – but what does that phrase really mean? Just what does comprehensive financial planning entail, and why do knowledgeable investors request this kind of approach? While the phrase may seem ambiguous […]

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Life Insurance Is Probably Cheaper Than You Think

Provided by Garrett German According to a new study, 41% of Americans lack life insurance coverage. The 2017 Insurance Barometer Study, conducted by the nonprofit organizations LIMRA and Life Happens, also discovered that while 84% of Americans felt life insurance was appropriate for most people, just 70% thought it was a good idea for them. […]

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Avoid These Life Insurance Missteps

Provided by Garrett German Are you about to buy life insurance? Shop carefully. Make your choice with insight from an insurance professional, as it may help you avoid some of these all-too-common missteps. Buying the first policy you see. Anyone interested in life insurance should take the time to compare a few plans – not […]

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Business Cents: The Sequence of Returns

Provided by Garrett German What exactly is the “sequence of returns”? The phrase simply describes the yearly variation in an investment portfolio’s rate of return. Across 20 or 30 years of saving and investing for the future, what kind of impact do these deviations from the average return have on a portfolio’s final value?  The […]

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Should You Pay Off Your Home Before You Retire?

Provided by Garrett German  Should you own your home free and clear before you retire? At first glance, the answer would seem to be “absolutely, if at all possible.” Retiring with less debt … isn’t that a good thing? Why not make a few extra mortgage payments to get the job done? In reality, things […]

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The Retirement Gender Gap

Provided by Garrett German What is the retirement outlook for the average fifty-something working woman? As a generalization, less sunny than that of a man in her age group. Most middle-class retirees get their income from three sources. An influential 2016 National Institute on Retirement Security study called them the “three-legged stool” of retirement. Social […]

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