A radio listener of mine recently called to share an estate planning snafu that she experienced with her late father’s estate. Prior to her father’s death she had “put her name” on all of his accounts to avoid probate. However, she recently learned that her father’s broker had opened an additional account for him that…

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According to the Social Security Administration, if you are 65 you have a 25 percent chance of living to age 90 and a 10 percent chance of living to age 95. This means, not only do you need to have enough income to provide for your desired lifestyle at your retirement age, but that income…

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Many people spend decades planning for the day when they can stop working. Those who are conscientious generally try to save and invest enough in a tax-efficient way in order to create sufficient capital to produce the necessary income to last throughout their lives. However, once you reach retirement the planning doesn’t end.   In…

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Over the past few years, many of you have taken advantage of liquid modified endowment contracts as a way to safely grow your money without stock market or interest rate risk. These insurance contracts, which have similar properties to deferred annuities, can be designed without upfront loads or back-end surrender charges and with full liquidity.…

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