Habits of a Savvy Saving Family

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When people warn you that having kids is expensive, it’s no joke. From diapers to food, braces to sports activities the costs add up quick. For a middle-income family in the U.S. raising a child up until age 18, costs an estimated average of $245,340 (or $304,480, adjusted for projected inflation), according to the 2013 “Cost of Raising a Child” report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Investment to Watch: Smart Home Technology

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The term “smart home” sounds like something out of a movie on Syfy or a place where intelligent people go to converge. Yet, the concept isn’t new by any means. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, referenced the concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1999.
Annuities have provided retirees with a safe and secure retirement solution for generations.  Deferred annuities have been a solid way to accumulate retirement assets on a tax deferred basis, and immediate annuities are still considered to be the soundest way to generate a dependable, guaranteed income for life, or for a specified period.
If you’ve ever played the Game of Life board game, it becomes clear that compressed into the colorful path there are various stages of life. Each stage holds its own major financial challenges as well as prospective profits in addition to surprises (new baby!) and forks in the road.
The annuity industry must have studied the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears because, after recognizing that investors weren’t very keen on low fixed yields or the vicious volatility of the stock market, they came up with a product, that for most people, would seem to be just right – Indexed Annuities.
You're 25 and feeling alive. You're settling into life after university, paying off your debts and slowly figuring how to "adult". But with the responsibility of bills, rent, and even keeping up social appearances, prioritizing financial planning is something far too often pushed to the side.
When most people think about life insurance, it is something to be purchased when we’re young with financial responsibilities and dependents to protect. Any discussion about purchasing life insurance after we retire is often met with strong opinions as to whether or not it makes any financial sense. After all, the cost of life insurance increases significantly over the age of 65.

Your Emergency Fund and You

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Summer’s finally here. The sun is out, it’s warm, the days are longer, and your worries seem just a little bit further away. But folks, I’m sorry to say, sometimes storms roll in on the sunniest of days.

How Political Climates Affect the Financial Markets

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If you’re a fan of political dramas on televisions, you’ll know that the turbulent world of politics has an affect on the global financial markets. But what about in real life? How much does art - if you can call shows like Scandal, Veep, and House of Cards art - imitate life, and vice versa?