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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?
For most families college tuition is the largest expense they will face. Unfortunately, many families go into this stage in life uninformed and unprepared. Learn strategies that enable families of all income levels (not just low or moderate‐income) to make a college education more affordable and less of a financial burden.
Is it possible to build a reliable investment portfolio in today's market environment? This talk discusses what a reliable portfolio is, and how one might change their thought process when it comes to saving and investing.
In this presentation you will learn:
* When you should apply for Social Security.
* How to optimize benefits.
* When it makes sense to delay benefits.
* Strategies for coordinating spousal benefits.
* How to increase survivor benefits.
ERISA qualified retirement plans (i.e. Profit Sharing/401(k)/Cash Balance-Defined Benefit) are really the only "IRS Blessed" tax shelters still available to the common person. The Alternative Minimum Tax has taken away most deductions except for mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and charitable deductions. MORE >A business owner, law partner, or medical professional can "shelter" an extraordinary amount of taxable income by funding an ERISA approved plan for their business entity. Of course, if one has employees, they must receive a certain level of contribution. Thus, it is always a questions of does the benefit to the owner(s) outweigh the costs to the "rank and file."
This program will focus on the psychological and financial strategies and opportunities that help people transition to retirement.
Examine how to budget for retirement expenses, potential sources of retirement income and potential risks such as LTC and health care costs.
Your Prosperity Picture – A Five Step Program to: Manage your Money, Design Your Life, Create Your Future
Women are often conflicted about money. On one hand, they're more financially powerful than they ever have been, according to the Federal Reserve, controlling 51% of all wealth in the United States.1 On the other hand, 60% of them describe their investing and planning skills as "below average."2 MORE >"Your Prosperity Picture" seeks to help financial advisors build assets by bridging that divide with an entertaining, interactive, and inspirational approach rarely seen in the industry. Attendees are introduced to the key steps to creating prosperity, participate in five interactive discussions, and work with a unique hands-on visualization tool to help them connect their money with their lives. They leave armed with tools to potentially see personal financial management as a powerful means to a desirable end, see themselves as worthy, capable managers, and see their financial advisor as a valuable partner in helping them get there.
1. Financial Advisor magazine, "Financial Advisors Need to Focus More on Female Clients," by Mike Byrnes, December 2012. Used with permission.
2. Real Simple magazine "Women and Money," by Geraldine Sealey, September, 2012.
Learn some simple techniques you can use to train your children (whether they are five or 25) to develop good money habits they can use for the rest of their lives.