Miscellaneous

13th Oct, 2017

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How safe is your online identity?

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

As Americans increasingly turn to the internet to connect, work and shop, the threat of malicious hackers and identity thieves continues to rise. We in the financial services industry are upping efforts to secure clients’ information, but there are additional efforts individuals must consider as part of a more holistic approach.

15th Sep, 2017

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Should you get travel insurance?

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

Vacations are worthwhile investments that require logistical and financial planning, often months in advance. What you put in shapes what you’ll get back. So when does it make sense to add travel insurance to your vacation checklist?

Consider the Coverage You Might Need
Most travel insurance policies address three main facets of travel: medical situations, loss/theft…

50 Things: What a Professional Financial Advisor Does for You

15th Sep, 2017

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50 Things: What a Professional Financial Advisor Does for You

Financial Planning

  1. Cares more about you and your money than anyone who doesn’t share your last name.
  2. Guides you to think about areas of your financial life you may not have considered.
  3. Formalizes your goals and puts them in writing.
  4. Helps you prioritize your financial opportunities.
  5. Helps you determine realistic goals.

31st Aug, 2017

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Estate Planning as a Gesture of Affection

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

An uncertain future can be a great motivator for putting together a financial plan. Knowing you’re prepared and that your loved ones will be taken care of after you’re gone can provide peace of mind to everyone involved.

While it’s a tough conversation to have, you can’t afford to put it off. In fact, as the boomer…

18th Aug, 2017

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When It May Be Good to Borrow Money

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

At first glance, the data looks bleak: Nearly three-fourths of Americans are in some kind of debt. While that may sound troubling, consider that not all debt is bad. In fact, borrowing sums of money with a legally bound promise to pay it back can demonstrate trustworthiness to institutions and is often a…

Financial Priorities Young Families Should Address

16th Aug, 2017

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Financial Priorities Young Families Should Address

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

Wise money moves for parents under 40.

As you start a family, you start to think about certain financial matters. Before you became a mom or dad, you may not have thought about them much, but so much changes when you have kids.

Parenting presents you with definite, sudden, financial needs to address. By focusing on those needs today,…

August 14th, 2017 – Economic Update

14th Aug, 2017

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August 14th, 2017 – Economic Update

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

TAME INFLATION PERSISTS

Can the Federal Reserve justify another interest rate hike in the second half of 2017? Given weak inflation pressure, maybe not. The central bank has set a 2% yearly inflation target, but the Consumer Price Index rose only 0.1% in July, resulting in a 1.7% year-over-year gain. Core consumer prices rose 0.1%…

Regulators say something about living wills, and are relieved that no one really cared

11th Aug, 2017

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Regulators say something about living wills, and are relieved that no one really cared

From: finreg.sourcemedia.com

Banking regulators managed to say a little something about living wills yesterday, and no one really cared. American Banker and Reuters offered brief items, probably because there wasn’t much to say beyond the fact that 21 banks have a little more time to turn in their homework….

What Is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

9th Aug, 2017

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What Is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?

From: taxfoundation.org

This map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Prices for the same goods are often much cheaper in states like Missouri or Ohio than they are in states like New York or California. As a result, the same amount of cash can buy you comparatively more in a low-price state than in a high-price state.

The Bureau of…

28th Jul, 2017

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Today’s Luxury Car Trends

From: REAP, LLC. | Retirement & Estate Advisors & Professionals

While automobiles are depreciating assets, they are necessities for many people. And with advances in technology, car owners have come to expect much more from their vehicles than simply transportation. Are you currently in the market for a new car? Are you familiar with the latest high-tech offerings? Consider your options and decide what’s most important to…