Saving money when planning a trip—the dos, the don’ts. Imagine coming home refreshed from a wonderful vacation, made even more satisfying because you saved 20%-30% on its cost. That can happen. With a little planning, a trip can become notably cheaper. When you travel can make a difference. Book a trip during the off-season or the “shoulder seasons” adjoining it. Hotels and air carriers hike their prices in peak season, so avoid that time. The

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Waiting in a winding airport security checkpoint line is just one of many potential headaches today's travelers experience. Worrying about what to pack, what kind of identification is required, and how much cash to bring are yet others. In order to help ease the stress level before and during your next trip, it might help to review some guidance from the officials who oversee our nation's travel rules and regulations. What Do the Experts Recommend?

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What does giving to charity mean to you? Perhaps you think of dropping your change into a can at a local shop or placing a few dollars into a Salvation Army kettle during the holidays. Maybe you've bought Girl Scout cookies or donated clothing to a local relief organization. Opportunities for giving surround us each day. The greatest benefit of charitable giving is the knowledge that you've helped make a difference in the lives of

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How can you help your heirs sustain what you’ve created? Your wealth has meaning. It should be conveyed to your heirs or your favorite causes in a way that expresses your values. Through legacy planning, that objective can be realized. Legacy planning encompasses more than the transfer of assets. It is about how you want to be remembered by your heirs, your colleagues, and your community. It concerns the positive effect your wealth can have

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Because you've worked hard to create a secure and comfortable lifestyle for your family and loved ones, you'll want to ensure that you have a sound financial plan that includes trust and estate planning. With some forethought, you may be able to minimize gift and estate taxes and preserve more of your assets for those you care about. A Needs Evaluation One of the first steps you'll take in the estate planning process is determining

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As more Americans shoulder the responsibility of funding their own retirement, many rely increasingly on their 401(k) retirement plans to provide the means to pursue their investment goals. That's because 401(k) plans offer a variety of attractive features that make investing for the future easy and potentially profitable. What Is a 401(k) Plan? A 401(k) plan is an employee-funded savings plan for retirement. For 2018, you may contribute up to $18,500 of your salary to

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Many families cite saving for children's or grandchildren's education as one of their top financial goals. If you are among this group, you may want to consider a 529 college savings plan or a Uniform Gifts (or Transfers) to Minors Act account (UGMA or UTMA) -- or some combination of these -- to help you achieve your objective. Estate Planning Benefits A 529 college savings plan offer severals key advantages. You maintain control of the

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Think you have a good handle on the basics of investing? Take this 10-question quiz to see how you rate on basic investment skills. 1. If you buy a share of company stock, a. You own a part of the company. b. You have loaned your money to the company. c. You become responsible for the company’s debts. d. The company will return 100% of your investment to you, with a fixed rate of interest.

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Dear insert prospect name: Tax season can be stressful and can stir up conflicting emotions. While it is rewarding to note the growth of your earnings and assets, paying more taxes on those gains can be frustrating. I have the knowledge and experience to help you develop effective tax season strategies with your tax advisor to ensure that you are positioned to: • Pay no more than your fair share in taxes • Develop an

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The loss of critical personnel can be life threatening to small businesses; however, it's a risk that life insurance can often mitigate. In fact, life insurance policies are frequently incorporated in plans aimed at making it possible for a business to survive a change of ownership or the loss of a partner, the chief executive, or an employee whose creative talent, technical knowledge, or salesmanship drive the business. Most commonly, life insurance is employed as

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