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Financial Planning for Newlyweds

by Ray Sagner on Feb 1, 2018

Congratulations Newlyweds! Your fresh union symbolizes a new beginning facing the world. But before the glow of wedded bliss wears, it’s crucial to talk about finances. Let’s be straight, financial talks should be had well before the ring, but did you know that “68 percent of engaged couples surveyed held a negative attitude about discussing money with their fiancé.1

That’s a staggering percentage of couples who are afraid to have ‘the talk’. Below are a few tips and areas to consider if you’re in a serious relationship, newly engaged or if you’ve tied the knot!

Life Insurance and the Single Parent

by Ray Sagner on Jan 25, 2018

Pat does not currently receive any financial support from another parent and there wouldn’t be any upon her death.

Her sister and brother-in-law are her children’s legal guardians and would move into her house if she died. Pat felt that their income combined with her children’s estimated Social Security Survivor Benefits would be enough to provide for childcare and basic monthly expenses as long as her debts were paid.

5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Buy Life Insurance Right Now

by Ray Sagner on Jan 11, 2018

It’s no surprise that studies show young adults are not into insurance. There are too many other financial challenges to worry about, such as paying off crushing student loan debt and saving for future goals. Actually, other studies show that younger adults would rather spend their money on such things as travel premium TV streaming services than use it to buy life insurance. Most are quick to spend $120 a year to insure an $800 cell phone, but, very few would consider spending a few dollars more each year to insure their lives.

Go to the Gym for Lower Insurance Premiums

by Ray Sagner on Dec 28, 2017

It stands to reason that, people who manage to get to the gym on a regular basis are generally healthier people. What you may not know is that they can also be wealthier people because they may pay lower premiums on their insurance. Insurance companies are stepping up their campaigns to encourage healthier living and it is paying off for both the insurance companies and their policyholders. 

An Estate Planning Primer for Business Owners

by Ray Sagner on Dec 21, 2017

As if business owners didn’t have enough to contend in managing their business and personal finances, there is one particular aspect of their financial lives that is often neglected until it’s too late, and that is the management of their estate. Yet, it is the one area of their financial picture that, if not thoroughly planned and managed, could have the most devastating consequences for their family and their business.

3 Ways to Tap Your Life Insurance While You’re Living

by Ray Sagner on Dec 4, 2017

Most financial planners agree that life insurance is essential for protecting families against financial loss, which is why many recommend purchasing the maximum amount needed at the cheapest cost using a term policy. Where they start to diverge in their thinking is in any discussion about life insurance as an asset. Clearly, term life insurance would not be considered an asset as it is purely a death benefit with no savings element.