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College Planning for Grandparents

By Richard Micliz | November 27, 2018

More and more, grandparents are helping pay for their grandchildren’s college education. A recent survey shows that upwards of 50 percent of grandparents are actively saving to fund these education expenses. Here are six steps you should take when it comes to college planning for your grandchildren.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make in Saving for Retirement

By Penn Mutual | November 6, 2018

In my experience, when people say they’re planning for retirement, that simply means they’ve been putting money away every year. Don’t get me wrong – that’s an important first step – but simply saving for retirement may not count as planning for retirement.

The 4 Discussions You Must Have About Life Insurance

By Al Dickens III | September 11, 2018

People don’t fully understand all that life insurance can do for them while they are alive. As a result, they miss out on the numerous benefits that make up what many have discovered to be “The Miracle of Life Insurance.” Sure, life insurance is best known for its death benefit protection, but that is often where the conversation seems to end. It is now time for everyone to resume the conversation regarding life insurance.

The Importance of Cash Flow in Your Personal Financial Planning

By Mark Mappa | May 23, 2018

We think of cash flow as something only businesses or governments contend with, but it is integral to our personal financial lives as well. Cash flow enables us to do what we want, and to help achieve our goals or objectives — whether to get a mortgage, save for college, take a vacation, or save and invest for retirement.

A Strategy for Optimizing Your Retirement Income

By Walter Young | March 14, 2018

“Save for retirement.” We’ve all heard the message of how important it is to save for retirement. But for all the talk about socking money away, there’s seldom any discussion of how to use that money in retirement so that it can last your entire life.

5 Reasons to Buy Life Insurance in Your 20s

By Penn Mutual | December 6, 2017

Buying life insurance in your 20s can yield some key benefits that you may lose out on by waiting to get covered. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing life insurance, but you’re not sure the time is right, here are five reasons not to put it off.

The Living Benefits of Life Insurance

By Zach Hamilton | September 26, 2017

While the death benefit is the essential component of life insurance, there are many ways that permanent life insurance can be a valuable resource for you over the course of your life, while you are alive. We call these the “living benefits of life insurance,” and they can be significant.

Using Life Insurance to Fund College

By Nicholas Hoeschel | August 15, 2017

Saving for college is an excellent strategy, but parents often don’t realize that there are some ways to save that are better than others. There are times when having too much savings can reduce your child’s chances of qualifying for financial aid for college. In addition to the death benefit protection it provides, life insurance can be useful in helping to fund college.

Securing the Financial Health of Your Grandchildren with Multi-Generational Life Insurance

By Frank Howell | June 20, 2017

Creative use of life insurance can play an important role in a multi-generational legacy planning strategy, one that allows grandparents to set aside assets specifically to benefit their grandkids, yet still retain control over those assets during their lifetimes. This is a strategy I’ve used with my own clients.

Relationships and Values: Four Generations of Navigating the Unknown

By Tod Lashway | January 17, 2017

Last year, about this time, my father passed away. It was not unexpected, but I lost one of the formative people in my life – tall, strong, a disciplinarian, but he had a big heart beneath all the bluster. My mother showed me how to treat others with respect and dignity, to be considerate of others’ perspectives and well-being. Together, they taught us family values and responsibility for each other. Relationships and values.