These insurance products offer the promise of guaranteed income, an attractive proposition for many retirees in a volatile market. Variable annuity sales rose 16% in the first quarter over the same period last year.  What’s an annuity? In simple terms, an annuity is a contract between a customer and an insurance company. The customer makes…

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Term life insurance offers a more affordable option than permanent life insurance for anyone looking to protect their loved ones against unexpected financial expenses upon their death. Read our guide on what is term life insurance to understand how it works, who it’s for, and how to get it. Term life insurance is a type…

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If you’ve been thinking about converting your traditional IRA into a Roth, this could be the year to finally do it. This type of retirement savings account is appealing because of its tax treatment. A traditional IRA (individual retirement account) is tax deferred — that is, investors receive a tax deduction on the money they…

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Throughout investment industry and financial media sources we constantly hear the message that our money should be diversified. By spreading assets throughout a number of different vehicles, we can take advantage of various market opportunities while helping protect them from some investment risks. But how much diversification is too much? And what exactly should it…

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If your tax return was a target, the bullseye would be $0. You don’t want a giant tax bill—that means you didn’t have enough money taken out of your paycheck for taxes. And that huge tax refund? That’s not free money—it’s your money, which you’ve been loaning too much of to the government throughout the year (with…

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What Is Legacy Planning? Legacy planning is the act of preparing how you will bequeath your property and assets to your loved ones after your death. It’s more or less a synonym of estate planning, but the term has gained popularity among financial advisors in recent years. This is perhaps because “estate planning” has come to evoke…

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