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Split Annuity Strategy

Split Annuity Strategy

Here's one strategy that combines two different annuities to generate income and rebuild principal.

Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

Looking forward to retirement? It's critical to understand the difference between immediate and deferred annuities.

 

Understanding Homeowner’s Insurance

Purchasing homeowners insurance is critical for protecting your home.

The Investment Risk No One’s Ever Heard Of

You face a risk for which the market does not compensate you, that can not be easily reduced through diversification.

Protecting Your Business from the Loss of a Key Person

Business owners may be able to protect themselves from the financial consequences of losing a key employee.

A Primer on Dividends

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Certain Uncertainties in Retirement

The uncertainties we face in retirement can erode our sense of confidence.

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Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

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Estimate the total cost in today's dollars of various mortgage alternatives.

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This calculator compares employee contributions to a Roth 401(k) and a traditional 401(k).

Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

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Can Election Results Predict the Market?

How do the markets usually react to elections? Was the 2016 election any different?

Charitable Giving: Smart from the Heart

Do you have causes that you want to support with donations? Here are three tips.

Women and Retirement

Women must be ready to spend, on average, more years in retirement than men.

Estate Management 101

A will may be only one of the documents you need—and one factor to consider—when it comes to managing your estate

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

Retiring the 4% Rule

A portfolio created with your long-term objectives in mind is crucial as you pursue your dream retirement.

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