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  • Should I Get Health Insurance for My Pet?
  • Should I Get Health Insurance for My Pet?

  • Many pet owners share a common concern: what if my beloved animal gets sick or injured? Will I be able to afford the care that he or she will need? .This is a valid concern. From MRIs to radiation therapy, there are many options for veterinary care that used to be only available for humans. There are even a growing number of veterinary specialists, including cardiologists, oncologists, and neurologists Ads Find...
    An Alternative to Pet Health Insurance: The Pet Health Discount Program
  • An Alternative to Pet Health Insurance: The Pet Health Discount Program

  • The popularity of pet insurance is increasing. Taking care of one’s pet’s needs now goes beyond just food, shelter and some love. Currently, an increasing number of pets have regular visits with their veterinarian just as their human owners have done for years with their doctors. In addition, surgeries for medical issues to extend a pet’s life and comfort are also increasingly more common. It is understandable Ads Find...
    Indexed Universal Life Insurance: A Rip-Off with a Fancy Name
  • Indexed Universal Life Insurance: A Rip-Off with a Fancy Name

  • How would you like to put money into a financial product that lets you benefit from market gains, but never feel the pain of its losses? The money and growth inside the policy will be 100 percent tax-free for life. That’s the seductive pitch often used to tout an investment called indexed universal life insurance. Based on that sales pitch, it would be no wonder if your response were, “Sign me up...
    5 Life Insurance Policies You Really Need to Cancel
  • 5 Life Insurance Policies You Really Need to Cancel

  • Life insurance is sold based on one thing: fear. Fear of dying, of being injured. Fear of a catastrophe befalling you or your family. If worrying about death isn’t enough of an inducement, there’s the financial fear of not being able to replace a breadwinner’s salary once they’re gone. Insurance companies know this, and they use those levers. And they should: Financial peace of mind...
    To Succeed in Life (and Beyond), Master 4 Phases of Wealth
  • To Succeed in Life (and Beyond), Master 4 Phases of Wealth

  • The baby boomers are retiring and preparing to retire by the millions: According to the AARP, 8,000 people turn 65 every day in America. But even if boomers are ready to retire physically, psychologically and chronologically, many are not ready financially. I’m not talking about the usual question of whether or not you have enough money to retire. This discussion is about the proper use of that money....
    How to Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Really Need
  • How to Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Really Need

  • Protecting the financial security of your kids is just as vital as keeping them healthy and making sure they get an education. Yet for many families, the pressure of keeping up with current expenses pushes one strong tool for doing that — buying life insurance — to the bottom of the to-do list. A 2013 survey by life insurance and financial services association LIMRA found that 30 percent of U.S....
    A Pension Strategy That Could Backfire
  • A Pension Strategy That Could Backfire

  • Couples who qualify for an employer pension need to make a big decision before they retire. Should a retiree take a life-only annuity, which provides the highest monthly payout but ends when the pensioner dies? Or choose a joint-and-survivor benefit, which offers a lower payout but one that continues after the retiree dies for as long as the spouse is alive? If the employee due the pension is likely to die...
    4 Personal Financial Planning Musts for Dads
  • 4 Personal Financial Planning Musts for Dads

  • Hey, dads: You know that “World’s Greatest Dad” T-shirt you sport every Father’s Day? Well, you deserve it! You not only work hard from 9 to 5 to provide your family with a good life, but also dutifully slog through your honey-do list and coach the Little League team. In return for the love your kids will show you this Father’s Day, give back to your family by implementing these...
    4 Common Pieces of Money Advice You Can’t Afford to Follow
  • 4 Common Pieces of Money Advice You Can’t Afford to Follow

  • Few of us feel like financial experts, so when it comes to money matters, we generally welcome advice. The trouble, though, is that not all the financial advice the professionals dish out is sound, despite often seeming so. Below you’ll find several examples of bad financial advice. There are plenty of others, though, so carefully assess any guidance you run across. 1. Save 10 Percent for Retirement. It’s...
    How to Pick the Right Life Insurance Policy
  • How to Pick the Right Life Insurance Policy

  • I’m 24 years old, and I have a wife and child. We’ve been following your plan, and I’m about to buy life insurance. Should I get a 20- or 30-year term policy? -Derek Dear Derek, I think the big question is how long will you need this life insurance. If you and your wife are planning on having more kids in the next 10 years, I’d suggest a 30-year policy. That could put you in a situation...

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