financial planning

We’re all looking forward to the new year more than usual. Even though COVID will remain in 2021, the changing of the calendar can bring about a new mindset and optimism. But before we forget all about 2020, let’s look at the latest COVID relief bill, which includes more stimulus checks and some changes that…

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retirement planning questions

Will 2021 be your retirement year? And how do you know when it’s time to retire? For some, retirement comes at a milestone. Maybe it’s 35 years on the job or your 65th birthday, or maybe your goal is to retire when you have a certain amount in savings. Retirement is different for everyone, and…

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goal planning

Only 28% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions that are financial in nature, according to a recent MassMutual survey.[1] Perhaps more should – retirement requires significant planning and there is no better time to start than at the beginning of a new year. If you’re wondering how to do this, then you might consider…

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financial planning

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on 2020, how your financial situation may have changed, and your goals for next year. You can look at how your investments are doing, review your portfolio, and think about how close you are to retirement or the state of your finances in retirement.…

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money smart gifts

You can get away with handing out cards drawn with colorful crayons as your go-to gift when you’re young, but when you get older your shopping list grows. As we age, we have more and more relatives and friends that we exchange gifts with, which means more money and more time spent shopping. So, when…

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healthcare deadlines

An average 65-year-old couple retiring today will need an estimated $285,000 to cover their healthcare costs.[1] This doesn’t even include long-term care costs, which can run as high as $253 per day on average for a private room in a nursing home or $119 per day on average for care in an assisted living facility…

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financial education planning

It’s graduation season, and along with all the wonderful things a college degree comes with are also student loan debts. If you’re attending high school or college graduations, no one may be talking about it, but the graduates and their parents likely have the high cost of college on their minds. You might be writing…

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giving to charity

You’re probably looking forward to Thanksgiving, even if it looks a bit different this year or you’re not a big fan of turkey. Whatever your Thanksgiving is like this year, it’s a good time to think about how you express gratitude. Some people donate their time or money to a charitable organization, especially around the…

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If you have elderly parents or know someone who does, you already know that there are many hard decisions to make when it comes to long-term care, especially during the pandemic. And figuring out the finances can be even harder. Trends could change in the coming decades, such as moving long-term care into the home,…

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financial planning

Nobody has a crystal ball to tell us exactly what the future holds, but don’t let uncertainty be the reason you’re unprepared for retirement.  As someone who has worked hard for what they’ve earned and is likely invested in America’s future, you may be concerned about what the future could bring.  But, it’s important to…

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