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  • The Retirement Transition Window: Don’t Get Shut Out !

    Tom Kedzie, Financial Planner, Lincoln Financial Advisors

    The "transition window" is from age 62 to 70. During this period of your life, you will need to make a variety of decisions- some of which are irrevocable. A wrong decision will follow you throughout retirement! These decisions include Social Security elections, Medicare enrollment, and company retirement distributions options, to name a few. Learn how to manage this "transition window" so you will have a successful retirement. MORE >

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  • Back to Basics – 4 Areas to Secure Your Financial Well-Being

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    According to the Social Security Administration: 94% of the Baby-boomers are not prepared for retirement. The sad reality is that retirement is a financial position not an age. Far too many people think of retirement in terms of time however; that is only half of the equation. MORE >

    Retirement is time+money and so many people miss the second part “money”. There are many reasons for this bleak statistic however, there is only one solution: EDUCATION! We need your help in sharing with as many people as possible the information that can change this statistic.

    We offer a series of 4 lectures designed to equip the attendees with enough information to make informed decisions in the areas of Wills & Trusts, Long-Term Care, Safe Alternatives to the Stock Market and Final Expense.

    For the highest quality educational lectures in personal finance; the most trusted name in Illinois is R Hill Enterprises, Inc. Prominent organizations such as AARP, Manor Care Corporation, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees have featured these very lectures and workshops and they have also been presented at many National Credit Unions and Fortune 500 companies.

    There are many proven strategies that will aid in keeping more of our assets in our families and away from the government. These lectures are limited to a maximum of 30 participants in order to facilitate interaction between the audience and the speaker(s).

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  • Wills, Trusts and What Every Family Needs To Know About Estate Planning

    Robert J. Varak, Law Offices of Robert J. Varak

    Most people know that they should have a will, but why? When should you have your first will drafted? What is the difference between a will and a trust? How do I make sure that my children will be taken care of in the event of a family tragedy? What is probate and how does it work? I will give direct, understandable answers to these questions and any others you might have about the world of estate planning. MORE >

    Attendees will leave this talk knowing all the basics of the estate planning process, how to go about finding a qualified attorney, what is involved on their part and how much the process should cost them. It's the perfect one-stop primer to learn about wills, trusts, guardianship, powers of attorney and other sometimes intimidating but universally important topics.
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  • Retirement Investment Strategies – Managing Your Investments During Retirement

    Ted Buckley, Mooney Lyons Financial Services

    You’ve worked hard and saved diligently throughout your career. Now you deserve to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. But have you considered the possibility that your retirement savings may not sustain the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of? Focus on strategies for: MORE >

    - Calculating the cost of retirement
    - Investing for growth potential, income, and stability
    - Managing taxes and defending against the effects of inflation
    - Allocating your assets to match your investment profile and goals
    - Managing investment risk while maintaining growth potential
    - Potentially avoiding common pitfalls faxed by today’s retirees

    Mutual funds and variable annuities are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the mutual fund or the variable annuity contract and the underlying investment options, can be obtained from your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.

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  • Essentials of Estate Planning

    Gregory Kurinec, CFP®, MRFC, Bentron Financial Group, Inc.

    Essentials of Estate Planning covers the estate planning process from beginning to end. We will look closely at the need to plan, the most common planning techniques and the documents used in the planning process. The class will explain the difference between a will and a trust and will give attendees an understanding of: MORE >

    • Probate
    • Wills vs. Trusts
    • Power of Attorney for Healthcare & Financial matters
    • Guardianship Appointments

    At the end of this class attendees will have a thorough understanding of what steps they need to take to protect their spouse and heirs.

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  • The Fee Evolution

    Sanford J. Prizant, President, The Prizant Group, Ltd.

    Over the past 35 years, the 401(k)/403(b) have replaced the traditional pension plans as the main source of retirement income for the populace. Unfortunately, due to the greed of Wall Street, Insurance Companies, Mutual Fund Purveyors and Investment Advisors; the paycheck by paycheck contributions made by the workers have been "Eaten Up" by excessive fees. MORE >

    For example, you have your 401(k) with an insurance company and quietly, every day that vendor is nipping at your account for close to 2.5% annually in fees. Thus, your S&P 500 Index fund returns 4% instead of 6.5% and that goes on year after year. The participant has no clue and the plan sponsor is not paying attention. New ERISA fee disclosure rules enacted in 2012 (408(b)2/404(a)5) were supposed to have solve this problem. Alas, the providers have made sure that figuring out your plan's cost is about as easy as learning a new foreign language (My apologies to Roseatta Stone!).

    After my presentation, you will know what they are, how they are hidden,and how to remedy the situation.

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  • Investing for the Future: Considerations and Strategies for Any Type of Market

    Krzysztof 'Kris' Garlewicz, CFP, CRPS, Founder, LPL Registered Principal at Prosperifi

    There's a full court press on how one should invest their hard earned money. Active vs. Passive. Mutual Funds vs. ETFs. Stock, bonds and alternatives too. Is one approach superior to the next? Do they fit together? What's the appropriate blend and where does one begin? These are just some of questions we'll cover in a fast based, ambitious environment covering the strategies and considerations needed for any type of market. MORE >

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  • Retirement Planning – From Incubation to Manifestation

    Karen L. DeRose, Certified Financial Planner, DeRose Financial Planning Group

    This program will focus on the psychological and financial strategies and opportunities that help people transition to retirement.

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  • Invest In Yourself

    John Pankau, Attorney, The Law Offices of John Pankau

    Learn what a Will can and can’t do for you and your estate plan. What is a Living Trust and why do you need one? What are the differences between a Will and a Trust and what does that mean for your estate plan?

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  • Retirement Plans: What You Know, What You Think You Know and What You Really Don’t Want To Know

    Sanford J. Prizant, President, The Prizant Group, Ltd.

    This is an all-inclusive presentation (Think of those all-inclusive resorts!) that was given to the practice managers at the American Association of Orthopedic Executives in April of 2015. The goal was to reaffirm conventional knowledge, educate on present day plan design and fee disclosure issues, and warn of the terror that an IRS/DOL audit will bring upon your house. This presentation is about one hour and is extremely fast paced, informative, and entertaining. MORE >

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