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 »

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 »

CARES Act

CARES Act Provides Relief to Individuals and Businesses

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. This $2 trillion emergency relief package is intended to assist individuals and businesses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and accompanying economic crisis. Major relief provisions are summarized here. Unemployment Provisions The legislation provides for: An additional $600… Read more »

Coronavirus Concerns?

Coronavirus Concerns? Consider Past Health Crises

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER During the last week of February 2020, the S&P 500 lost 11.49% — the worst week for stocks since the 2008 financial crisis — only to jump by 4.9% on the first Monday in March.¹ By all accounts, the drop was largely driven by ever-increasing fears about the potential effects of… Read more »

The SECURE Act & Your Retirement Savings

The SECURE Act and Your Retirement Savings

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was enacted in December 2019 as part of a larger federal spending package. This long-awaited legislation expands savings opportunities for workers and includes new requirements and incentives for employers that provide retirement benefits. At the same time, it restricts popular estate planning strategy for individuals… Read more »

Employee Financial Advice

What Financial Advice Would You Give Your 18-Year-Old-Self?

If you could hop in a time machine to give your 18-year-old-self a financial tip that you wished you knew back then, what would it be? We asked our employees to weigh in. And while some joked that they shouldn’t have bought so many horses or lamented not investing in certain companies that rhyme with grapple, what… Read more »

Plan for Retirement

I Think it’s Time to Start Planning for Retirement. Where Do I Begin?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER To get started, you’ll need to set lifestyle goals for your retirement. At what age do you see yourself retiring, and what would you like to do? You’ll need to account for basic living expenses (food, utilities, transportation, etc.), the cost of a mortgage you may still be paying off, or… Read more »