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Planning to meet the financial needs of your survivors is one of the most important and fundamental steps in creating a sound financial plan for you and your family.
Unlike a taxable account, a fixed annuity enjoys the benefits of tax deferral.
In addition, many annuity companies offer a higher first year bonus rate.
To be able to offer these higher rates companies typically require you to keep the funds invested for a period of time or suffer a surrender penalty for early withdrawal.
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created by the Medicare bill signed by President Bush on December 8, 2003.
HSAs are a form of medical savings account that must be accompanied by a high-deductible health insurance plan.
HSAs allow individuals/employers to set aside money on a pre-tax or tax-deductible basis and then withdraw the money tax-free to pay qualifying medical expenses.
With medical advances and improved lifestyles, the average life expectancy in the United States is on the rise.
Long gone are the days of being buried in a pinewood box.
Funeral expenses can vary from several thousand dollars up to $15,000 and more depending on which services you select.
Funeral homes and crematoriums provide a list of expenses some of which have been enumerated here.
Your chances of becoming disabled are far greater than your chances of dying.
It may surprise you that one out of three individuals will suffer a disability that lasts at least 90 days.
One out of ten will be permanently disabled prior to age 65.
There are basically three ways to fund your long-term care needs: self-insure, qualify for Medicaid, or obtain long-term care insurance.
Most people earn a small fortune during their lifetime. Yet many of them are unaware of how their annual income adds up over the years.
Deposits into an annuity are not tax-deductible, however you don't have to pay taxes on the interest earned until you begin making withdrawals.
This tax-deferral period can have a dramatic effect on the growth of an investment.
You may think that you are adequately insured in the event of your death.
It may surprise how quickly the tax-free insurance proceeds may be depleted by your survivor income needs.