5 Questions About Long-Term Care

5 Questions About Long-Term Care

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER 1. What is Long-Term Care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a… Read more »

Financial Caregiving

Should I Plan for Financial Caregiving?

Age, illness, or injury can affect our ability to handle our finances. It’s a difficult subject to think about, and it can be even harder to discuss with loved ones. But having a plan in place is essential to protect your financial wellbeing and future. Who Should Think About Planning? Preparation is for everyone. A… Read more »

Wills vs Trust

Wills vs. Trust: Know the Difference

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Wills and trusts are common documents used in estate planning. While each can help in the distribution of assets at death, there are important differences between the two. What is a Will?  A last will and testament is a legal document that lets you direct how your property will be dispersed… Read more »

Beware of Common Money Scams

Beware of Common Money Scams

Scammers are always looking for innovative ways to separate you from your money. Whether their goal is to gain access to your cash, or to gain control of your personal information so they can commit fraud, they frequently play on psychological manipulation to get you to comply. Here some common scams to be aware of:… Read more »

Coping with Market Volatility

Coping With Market Volatility: Be Sure to Use Appropriate Benchmarks

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Do you find yourself glued to the daily news reports on market movements wondering about your own savings and investments? Before you make any hasty decisions, be sure you understand how these reports relate — or don’t relate — to your individual portfolio. The variance in the returns of different portfolios… Read more »

Investment Biases

How Do Biases Affect Investment Decisions?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER When it comes to your finances, “go with your gut” might not be the wisest adage to follow. In fact, it may work against you, particularly in periods of market turbulence. Before jumping to conclusions about your finances, consider what biases may be at work beneath your conscious radar. Recency bias… Read more »

Car Ownership

5 Money Saving Tips for Car Owners

Car ownership is an investment that gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel on your terms. But as car owners know, it can be expensive. Besides budgeting for the payments, you must plan for the costs associated with registration, insurance, fuel, and routine and emergency maintenance. Here are five ways you can save money… Read more »

Budgeting Tool

Tackling Your Finances? Try Our Budgeting Tools

Having a budget sets the foundation for financial wellness. After all, you need to know where your money is going in order to make a plan to save more or to pay down debt faster. SESLOC makes it easy with a variety of tools to get started.  Starting a budget as a couple? Check out… Read more »

Let's Go to the Credit Union

Let’s Go to the Credit Union — Youth Coloring & Activity Book

Download Let’s Go to the Credit Union, a fun activity book filled with coloring pages, puzzles, and more! Financial education is important, and it’s never too early to start. Let’s Go to the Credit Union is an introduction to money management concepts — like saving, depositing, withdrawing, and checking your balance. Check out more fun… Read more »

Home Buying

What’s the Difference Between Pre-approved & Pre-qualified?

Buying a home? You’ve probably heard that getting pre-approved or pre-qualified for a loan is an essential step forward in the process. But what’s the difference? Pre-qualified Getting pre-qualified is relatively quick and simple process. The lender does an initial review of your income and expenses to generate an estimate of the loan amount you could likely… Read more »