Why You Need Long-Term Disability Insurance

Wouldn’t it be great if your income never stopped, even if you were seriously injured or too sick to work?  I’m not talking about some generous, benevolent gesture from your employer, or the kindness of strangers, your family, or your community. I’m talking about a guaranteed, reliable way to keep your income flowing. The good news is, such a product does exist, and it’s called long-term disability insurance (LTDI). Continue reading

Take Control. Start Here. Do One Thing.

Do you want to take control of your finances, but just don’t know where to begin? Here’s something that you can do today, which will both boost your confidence and empower you to move forward on other personal finance projects.

The first step is to make a list of everything you own (your Assets) and everything you owe (your Debts or Liabilities).  Subtract the Liabilities from the Assets, and you have what we call your Net Worth.  The most basic form of this list, what I call the “Index Card” approach, can simply include the name of the asset’s owner, (account, property, artwork, etc.), where the account is held or located, and its current value.  It’s simply an inventory of everything, and helps ensure that nothing gets lost or overlooked.  Continue reading

What Should Your Financial Plan Really Look Like?

How should your financial plan be structured?  The graphic below shows an approach that I like to follow when working with clients (whether they are just starting out with very few assets, or quite established with significant assets).  Please note that this is not representative of a comprehensive financial plan, nor is it meant to represent your unique situation.  It’s simply a tool to help clients prioritize where to begin and how to deploy their assets most effectively.  And where exactly do we begin?  At the bottom:

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Does Your Financial Plan Look Like This?

It should. 

Why?  Because if you are saving for retirement, you need every advantage you can get; and every level of protection you can get.  As you work to earn money for your expenses, and invest your savings to reach your ultimate goal – retirement, for example – you, like the tank – could be hit with some bombs along the way.  You need a financial plan that provides protection from just about anything that life throws in front of you.  Continue reading