Today’s political environment and recent volatility in the U.S. stock markets, particularly February’s correction, caused concern for some investors. If you’ve met with a financial advisor who designed a strategy to fit your individual financial goals, timeline and tolerance for risk, it’s generally recommended you stay the course.1 But that doesn’t mean to hold steady…

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Unlike Social Security, the age for Medicare eligibility is the same for everyone: 65 years old, no matter what year you were born. If you have already filed for Social Security benefits by age 65, you will be automatically enrolled for Medicare. If not, your initial enrollment window begins three months before your 65th birthday…

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If you’re nearing retirement, chances are you’re paying closer attention to your social security statement these days. But the truth is, that doesn’t even begin to tell you the whole story. Your benefits could be significantly higher, or lower depending upon how and when you claim your benefits. Learn how on Retirement Solutions Radio show,…

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On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed a continuing resolution authorizing $2.1 billion to extend the Veterans Choice Program (VCP) in 2018.1 This is a temporary funding solution that will enable the VCP to continue providing veterans access to health care within their communities. The VCP program was set up to allow Department of Veterans…

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Not everyone has dramatic success as an investor. For many, the key isn’t to have great stock market insights or great luck, but rather the foresight to consistently invest in regular installments over a decades-long timeframe. This is a prudent and time-tested means to accumulating a nest egg for retirement. However, growing assets in a…

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In the days before cash, people bartered goods and services. Then we established various forms of “cash” payments, from paper bills and coins to checks, credit and debit card payments. It seems that the more we progress, the less we use physical cash. Naturally, just because we’re not breaking out a wad of bills doesn’t…

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In August, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the launch of the final portion of the new “fiduciary rule” until July 2019. Part of the rule went into effect in June of this year, mandating that any financial professional making financial recommendations to a client with regard to an individual retirement account (IRA)…

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It is common to have a very traditional interpretation when we think of investment risk, such as the belief that stocks are seen as a risky investment, and bonds less so. But many issues have come to light in the past decade that cause us to think about risk differently. For example, there’s the risk…

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What does the phrase “long term” mean to you? For children, long term can mean waiting for Christmas or summer vacation that feels like a million years away. For young adults, long term may reference how long it takes to pay off student loans. As we get older, we begin to understand that long term…

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