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Maximize Your Social Security

Maximize Your Social Security

Using software, we analyze hundreds of possible election strategies and identify the one that offers the highest lifetime value. Electing Social Security is one of the biggest decisions you'll make about retirement. Many people stand to gain or lose more than $100,000 in benefits depending on how they make this one decision.

 

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Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

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Here’s a quick guide to checking to see if you have unclaimed money.

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The Value of Insuring Against Life’s Risks

Building wealth requires protection from the forces of wealth destruction.

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Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

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Determine if you are eligible to contribute to a traditional or Roth IRA.

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Estimate how much of your Social Security benefit may be considered taxable.

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Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

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Principles of Preserving Wealth

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There are some smart strategies that may help you pursue your investment objectives

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There are three things to consider before dipping into retirement savings to pay for college.

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When markets shift, experienced investors stick to their strategy.

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For women, retirement strategy is a long race. It’s helpful to know the route.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

The Real Cost of a Vacation Home

What if instead of buying that vacation home, you invested the money?

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