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How women can plan for increasing longevity

During your lifetime, a remarkable change has taken place. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average life expectancy at birth for women in the United States increased from 74.7 years in 1970 to 80.4 years in 2005. Greater longevity is a blessing for most women but it also has created new planning challenges.

How not to get burned by an investment scam

There is a good chance that you will be approached by someone soliciting a questionable money making scheme so, it’s best to equip yourself with knowledge of what “red flags” to look for in advance. Here are some tips to follow that will help you avoid falling victim to an investment scam.

What does the Supreme Court’s IRA decision mean to you?

Last month the Supreme Court made a very significant decision – they ruled unanimously that an inherited IRA is not a “retirement account.” This means that inherited IRAs are now NOT protected in the case of bankruptcy under federal law. The unanimous decision could have far reaching ramifications depending on your specific circumstances.

The benefits of life insurance protection

Life insurance is, without question, one of the most unique financial tools ever developed. Life insurance lets you create an estate – a reservoir of funds – to help protect and sustain your family and/or business following your death.

How fiscally fit are you?

Just as physical fitness can renew your vitality and increase your energy, fiscal fitness can help to invigorate your financial future. Don’t be fooled, because this too takes discipline.

Inflation ahead: 3 tips to protect your purchasing power

Inflation is on its way up! In inflationary times, the purchasing power of your dollar goes down. This can have a negative effect on your retirement savings because the money you put away now will be worth less in the future. However, there are steps you can take to make sure your nest egg can go the distance.

Make sure your investments match your goals

If you’ve ever waded into the sea of investment opportunities, you’ve probably learned that there are as many different investment strategies out there as there are investment professionals. So how do you choose a strategy that’s right for you?