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Most of my retirement- focused clients like the cash accumulation potential of indexed universal life (IUL).  For some people though it is just too darn complicated or has too many moving parts.  Some people like (and need) the low cost death benefit protection that term life insurance offers but don’t like the idea of at […]


One of the under appreciated and often ignored sources of value many families have is existing life insurance policies.  If you haven’t sat down with your agent and done a “policy audit” recently I’d encourage you to dig those policy documents out of storage, dust them off; and with the help of a good agent, […]


I’ve already lost a lot of eyeballs with my relatively tame, non-provocative title.  I’m sure a title like “Real Photos of Aliens Storming City Hall” would generate more views.  Make them naked aliens and I’d generate even more page views.  There is a great deal written about our shortening attention spans as a society.  I […]


Helping people to live better and retire better really is my mission professionally. More and more I’m finding that people I interact with in everyday life simply do not understand the retirement plans they have through their employer (like a 401(k) or IRA).  They don’t understand their exposure to 4 huge limitations or “Wealth Eroders” […]


“Rule #1 Never Lose Money. Rule #2 Never Forget Rule #1.” – Warren Buffett Since 2000 the S&P 500® has had two years of declines greater than 20%[1].  In fact going back to 1900, history suggests we can expect a market “correction” (decline) of at least 10% once every 3 or 4 years.  History also […]


In 2010 alone, Americans paid $5.8 Billion in penalties for early withdrawals from qualified plans according to IRS numbers Qualified Plans (like 401(k)s and IRAs) were designed to facilitate saving for later or post-working years.  One of the key benefits is the deferral of taxes.  That’s the carrot.  The stick is a penalty structure that […]


Well if you don’t, you’re in good company. According to Secure Retirement Institute (SRI) research, 50% of participants have no idea what they pay. Nearly 40% of participants in a qualified (to pay taxes later) retirement plan like a 401(k) think they don’t pay any fees and expenses at all. Reform & Disclosure Regulations? Huh? […]



That’s the conventional wisdom the Wall Street Propaganda Machine and the Government sure pumps at us. “It’s a good idea to save for retirement using a 401(k) because once you’re retired your tax rates will be much lower because you won’t be working.” There are two reasons you ought at least reconsider that conventional wisdom […]


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