Should You Take Early Social Security Retirement Benefits?

by Joel Dansby* on Oct 17, 2020

Most people are aware that they can begin collecting their Social Security retirement payout at age 62, and, in doing so, they are informed that they will be collecting a reduced benefit. And most people also know that, the longer they wait to collect benefits, they will receive a higher monthly benefit.

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How Exactly Does Life Insurance Work?

by Joel Dansby* on Oct 13, 2020

Few financial instruments are as complex as life insurance, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery as to how it works.  For most people, life insurance is the single most important part of their financial life as it may provide the only source of capital that will be needed to sustain a family’s financial security when one of the breadwinners dies.  It represents a substantia

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How to Plan Long-Term Care Before You Need It

by Joel Dansby* on Oct 10, 2020

It’s daunting to think about the day when you may not be able to live independently and care for yourself. But planning early for long-term care can keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the event that you develop a chronic illness, disability or other condition. By planning your care now, you’ll be more likely to have greater control over significant decisions and remain comfortable as you get older. 

Here are some ways that you can start planning your long-term care before you need it:

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Why Should I Buy Whole Life Insurance

by Joel Dansby* on Oct 6, 2020

For generations a debate has raged on over whether it’s best to buy whole life insurance or to buy term life insurance and “invest the difference”.  Proponents of each method are adamant in their positions and both offer sound reasoning in their answers.  But, for anyone to tell you which is the best for you without knowing anything about you is tantamount to someone

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Year-End Tax Planning Begins Now

by Joel Dansby* on Oct 3, 2020

With the holiday season looming, it’s not too soon to do your year-end tax planning. One of the consequences of achieving financial success is that, what was once a relatively straightforward tax return increasingly becomes more involved as more tax issues come into the picture.

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Is it Time again for Tax-Free Bonds?

by Joel Dansby* on Sep 29, 2020

Over the past few years, municipal bonds may have fallen out of favor due to the fact that, until recently, the returns in the stock and bond markets were generating steady returns.

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What You Should Know Before Buying Life Insurance

by Joel Dansby* on Sep 26, 2020

Throughout its recent history, life insurance has been a paradox for many people. It’s greatly appreciated when it is needed most, at the death of a breadwinner, and it’s dreaded when it is being contemplated to fill a need.

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Using the FIRE Movement to Gain Financial Independence

by Joel Dansby* on Sep 19, 2020

Many people dream of the day they can leave work behind and start pursuing their lifelong dreams. But for most people, you’ll need to achieve financial stability and independence before you can leave behind your day-to-day job in exchange for a more fulfilling path. This is where the increasingly-popular financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement comes in. 

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Why Should I Buy Whole Life Insurance?

by Joel Dansby* on Sep 15, 2020

For generations a debate has raged on over whether it’s best to buy whole life insurance or to buy term life insurance and “invest the difference”.  Proponents of each method are adamant in their positions and both offer sound reasoning in their answers.  But, for anyone to tell you which is the best for you without knowing anything about you is tantamount to someone

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The 4 Essential Elements of a Retirement Plan

by Joel Dansby* on Sep 12, 2020

Until recently, many retirees have been able to rely upon the three-legged stool of retirement income sources: A defined benefit pension plan that guarantees a lifetime income, their own savings, and Social Security.

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