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Using the FIRE Movement to Gain Financial Independence

by Ray Sagner on Sep 17, 2020

Many people dream of the day they can leave work behind and start pursuing their lifelong dreams. But for most people, you’ll need to achieve financial stability and independence before you can leave behind your day-to-day job in exchange for a more fulfilling path. This is where the increasingly-popular financial independence, retire early (FIRE) movement comes in. 

Three Reasons Why Life Insurance is More Than Just a Death Benefit

by Ray Sagner on Sep 10, 2020

Life insurance is universally recognized as an essential pillar of a financial plan for providing much needed capital in the event of a breadwinner. It is also fundamental to other planning needs, such as estate planning to pay for settlement costs and taxes, and business planning for business continuation or key person protection. However, considering the remarkable tax properties of permanent life insurance, it should also be considered as foundational planning tool for an entire financial plan. Here are three reasons why:

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Finances Against a Second Wave of Coronavirus

by Ray Sagner on Sep 3, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in ways that we didn’t anticipate at the start of the year, especially when it comes to our finances. And unfortunately, just as federal emergency benefits are starting to run out, signs of a second wave of the virus are looming—and some may even say it’s already here. 

The good news is that there are ways to protect your finances in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus. Whether you took a hit over the past few months or not, here’s some advice on what to do next to safeguard your finances moving forward. 

Retiring as a Small Business Owner

by Ray Sagner on Aug 27, 2020

There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States. Many people start their own businesses in order to become their own boss and take control over their schedules, career goals and finances. It can be incredibly rewarding to start and own a successful small business. But one thing that many small business owners may not think about is a retirement plan. 

Ups and Downs of Online-Only Banking

by Ray Sagner on Aug 20, 2020

The digital world has transformed professional industries in unique ways that prior to internet access would have been impossible. Doctors can monitor patients remotely, lawyers can offer counsel online, software can complete your taxes for you, and even financial investments and advertisements can be made without any face-to-face contact. To some this would sound ludicrous and to others it sounds convenient, but one thing is for certain—the robo-advisor is another option that’s here to stay for investors.

Do You Still Need Life Insurance When You Retire?

by Ray Sagner on Aug 13, 2020

4 Reasons You May Consider Keeping It

When it comes to retaining life insurance in retirement, there are two schools of thought regarding its necessity. The primary purpose of life insurance is to protect your family against a loss of income should you or your spouse pass away. Life insurance benefits are especially important for individuals who still have dependents or have accrued a significant amount of debt.  So, if you don’t fit this description and have plenty of income to live on in retirement, is it really necessary for you to retain a policy?

Calculating Retirement Savings: How to Add Up Your Financial Future Success

by Ray Sagner on Aug 6, 2020

How much money do I need to retire?

This is probably the question financial planners are asked the most when clients walk in to discuss retirement freedom. A simple question, in theory, but not an easy answer. Understanding what your optimal retirement savings are means peace of mind in your golden years.