The 4 Keys to Effective Investment Diversification

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At its core, diversification is deliberate uncertainty recognizing that it is difficult to know with particular subset of an asset class, or sector is likely to outperform another. Broad diversification, done effectively, seeks to capture the returns of different types of investments over time but with less volatility at any one time. Diversification done right should produce long term returns that outperform portfolios that are too heavily weighted in any one security, sector, or asset class.

A Primer on Life Insurance Costs

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You’ve spent hours figuring out your life insurance needs, researching products and speaking with agents. You’ve been provided with several premium quotes, and now, you’re scratching your head wondering why they’re so different from one another.  Your thoughts then turn to the more penetrating issue of how premiums are calculated and life insurance costs in general, a question few people really want to contemplate but would love to have answered.
Many people deal with credit card debt all of their lives with most of them giving little or no thought to what happens with their debt after they die. The fact that nearly 60% die without a will is a strong indication that they’ve given absolutely no thought to it. As a consequence, those that survive the debt holder are often left to deal with a myriad of issues that can be time-consuming and unpleasant.

Does Your Portfolio Embrace Market Volatility?

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Many investors, especially those still reeling from the 2008 – 2011 stock market roller coaster ride, have developed a low tolerance for volatility. As a result they have moved a significant portion of their investments into bonds or other fixed yield vehicles.
Once the need for life insurance is determined, the discussion almost invariably turns to the choice of term life insurance versus whole life or permanent insurance. Any comparison of the two, however, is like considering apples and oranges with each satisfying very specific needs, preferences and priorities.
If you’re over the age of 62 and in need of some extra cash flow in your retirement, you may be considering a reverse mortgage. Borrowing money from your home equity might sound like a good idea, but is it actually a wise move financially? Here are some things to consider when making the decision to take out a reverse mortgage on your home.

In many respects, people can be their own worst enemies in their quest for financial security. When you consider that our lives are nothing more than a culmination of the decisions we make each day, if we tend to make more bad decisions than good decisions, or worse, if we can’t make decisions at all, it’s should be no surprise when financial security  remains elusive.

Universal Life Insurance Explained

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Universal life insurance was launched in the early 1980’s at a time when interest rates were historically high and its forebear, whole life insurance couldn’t satisfy consumer appetites for high returns that were available in bank CDs and money market accounts.  Universal life offered an alternative means to purchase a permanent form of life insurance that also provided flexibi

A growing number of parents are becoming concerned over the limitations of their college savings options and the poor returns they’re generating. 529 college savings plans have been criticized for their anemic returns and high fees, and parents are often limited to plans available in their state.