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When “Financial Planning” Is Not Financial Planning

Whenever I surf television cable news channels, I can’t help but notice the plethora of ads for financial planning. Some of them sound compelling, even to me. I often find myself thinking, “Dang, that’s exactly what we do.” Then I notice the...

No, Home Title Thieves Can’t Steal Your House

Home title theft. This is a “threat” I only learned about from frantic radio commercials warning that your home can be stolen from you. They claim thieves can deed your property to themselves and then mortgage or even sell it without your knowledge. In...

Catastrophe Reinsurance: A Unique Asset Class

Typically, we view insurance not as an investment, but as tool to protect assets or replace income. However, investing in one type of insurance, called reinsurance, is becoming increasingly popular. It even might be considered an asset class all of its own....

Happy 65: Moving to Medicare a Mixed Bag

Watch this video on YouTube This month marks a rite of passage for me. I am officially a senior citizen. I don’t feel the way I thought 65 would feel when I was 25, even though I see a 65-year-old in my mirror. The good news is that I now qualify for every senior...

Immediate Annuities May Fit Into Retirement Plan

Watch this video on YouTube Recently, a life insurance agent wrote me about my railings against the SECURE Act now allowing annuities in 401(k) plans. He politely—and accurately—noted my “unfavorable opinion towards annuities (and by extension insurance sales...

If Money Can Fix It

Watch this video on YouTube “If money can fix it, it isn’t broken.” These words, said by a friend during a recent conversation, grabbed my attention. Her statement challenged my definition of “broken.” The passenger side mirror on my car...