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Should I Invest in Gold?

Should I Invest in Gold?

Learning more about gold and its history may help you decide whether it has a place in your portfolio.

A Penny Saved is Two Pennies Earned

A Penny Saved is Two Pennies Earned

Here are some simple and inexpensive energy-saving tips that may help you save money.

What the New Tax Bill Means for You

What the New Tax Bill Means for You

What does the Tax Reform and Jobs Act mean for you?

 

Best-Performing Asset Classes

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The History of Retirement

Do you know where the idea of “retirement” comes from?

The Anatomy of a Supplemental Health Plan

Here’s a guide to explain all the parts of Medicare.

Investment Challenges of the Affluent Investor

Affluent investors face unique challenges when putting together an investment strategy. Make sure you keep these in mind.

Social Security: The Elephant in the Room

Some people wonder if Social Security will remain financially sound enough to pay the benefits they are owed.

Retiree Health Care Coverage Overseas

Retirees traveling abroad need to know that their health insurance travels with them.

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Interested in a Fuel Efficient Car?

Estimate how many months it may take to recover the out-of-pocket costs when buying a more efficient vehicle.

Doubling Your Money

This calculator demonstrates the power of compound interest.

Long-Term-Care Needs

Determine your potential long-term care needs and how long your current assets might last.

Should I Pay Off Debt or Invest?

This calculator will help determine whether you should invest funds or pay down debt.

Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

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5 Smart Investing Strategies

There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

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The Other Sure Thing

Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime. Are you prepared?

The Power of Tax-Deferred Growth

Why are 401(k) plans, annuities, and IRAs so popular?

The Power of Compound Interest

Learn how to harness the power of compound interest for your investments.

It May Be Time for a Financial Checkup

It’s never a bad time to speak with your financial advisor about changes in your situation.

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Your DNA Test

If your family relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

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