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529 vs. Life Insurance
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Investing Mistake: Paying Too Much In Investment Vehicle Fees
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A Good Time to Sell?
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Nothing is Everything
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Retirement Planning Can Ease Anxiety

529 vs. Life Insurance

Over the past few weeks I have been asked (and pitched) the idea of whether cash-value life insurance makes sense as a vehicle for saving and paying for college. By cash-value life insurance, I am including whole life, variable life, universal life and variable universal life policies.

First, in almost all cases, it does not. The very few cases where it may make sense will be covered shortly.

Here are some reasons why a 529 college savings plan is better than cash-value life insurance.

  1. 529 plans have very high contribution amounts. Depending on your state, the total amount you can
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Investing Mistake: Paying Too Much In Investment Vehicle Fees

There can be great value in the sage advice of a fee-only fiduciary advisor. Even if they brought no value for their investment management, they could still bring great value for their help in comprehensive wealth management.

While a competent financial counselor can bring value, an expensive investment product cannot.

Given two S&P 500 funds, the fund that charges less in fees and expenses allows investors to keep more of the underlying returns. A small difference in returns has a large affect over long periods of time.

Imagine two investors who each take our advice and …

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A Good Time to Sell?

I got a call this week from a client who wanted to sell more than 50% of their investments over fear that the North Korea situation might balloon into something big. Despite my assurances that the market is trading within 1% of an all-time high, and if institutions with billions of dollars under management weren’t selling, why would we? What do we know that they, with their millions of dollars in market and geo-political risk assessment research, don’t know? And once you sell, how will you know when to get back in?

So far, the world markets seem to be …

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Nothing is Everything

I’m a fool for doing this, but I do read some comments on Facebook posts. I saw a rather touching one recently, where a young woman noted, “When you have kids, they’re your everything”. Boy, do I know what she means. In my uber-Mommy phase, I went so far as to wear a corduroy jumper  appliquéd with a teddy bear carrying a Christmas tree, just because it would delight my then-little daughter. Luckily there are no pictures.

Over time, I’ve also heard people declare their spouse, lover, job, and pets to be “everything”. Then there are the magic bullets we …

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Retirement Planning Can Ease Anxiety

Louise Nayer, author of Poised for Retirement: Moving From Anxiety to Zen, kept a diary right before she officially retiring and during the first few years of retirement and she used this, along with interviews and research, to write a book to help retirees.

Nayer told Forbes in an interview that she found whether people were well prepared or ill prepared for retirement, they were all worried about money.

In hindsight, Nayer considers some financial decisions her family made and says she might have done some things differently. She muses that her children may have been just …

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