• Unexpected Life Incidents
    January 18, 2018

    3 Unexpected Post-Retirement Events that Can Put a Strain on Cash Flow

    Preparing for retirement is a significant financial challenge during the working years, but the envisioned reward of enjoying stress-free golden years keeps most of us motivated to earn and save as best we can. Indeed, according to a story this week in the Wall Street Journal, “people at 65 to 74, the so-called time affluent, reported having more fun than any other age group,” according to a 2016 study by Age Wave and Merrill Lynch.

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  • Seniors Part Time
    December 18, 2017

    Seniors returning to part-time workforce in search of supplemental income

    The Wall Street Journal reported this week that, in the coming decade, the fastest-growing segments in the American labor force will be the 65-to-74 year-old and 75-and-older age groups. In fact, 40 percent of all Americans age 65 and older are working at least part-time right now.

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  • New Research In Retirement
    December 04, 2017

    Getting Past the “Ick” Factor

    The key point is that a life insurance policy is an investment asset—just like equities, fixed income or real estate—and should be reviewed from time to time to see if it still meets the needs for which it was initially purchased.

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  • Good Options for Long Term Care_SMALL
    November 21, 2017

    Good Options For Funding Your Long-Term Care

    Most Americans over the age of 65 will require long-term care at some point in their lives, with today’s average senior likely to incur $138,000 in future long-term care costs, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This is different from medical care and includes personal help with daily living activities such as bathing and dressing.

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  • New Research In Retirement
    November 06, 2017

    New research finds that American seniors, already postponing retirement, are now dying sooner

    A new report issued by the Society of Actuaries found that the age-adjusted mortality rate in America actually rose 1.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, the first increase since 2005 and just the second increase of more than 1 percent since 1980. Specifically, the report documented that pension plan participants – Americans in retirement – had a decline in their life expectancy of 0.2 years.

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  • Life Settlement Traveling
    September 21, 2017

    Survey finds retirees love to hit the road when they can find the travel funds

    If you’re one of the seniors caught in this dilemma between what you want to do and what you can afford to do, it might make sense to go in search of cash that may be hidden in assets you assumed were not liquid

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  • Health Care Expenses Rising 2x as fast as Social Security Income
    August 22, 2017

    Health care costs for retirees rising twice as fast as Social Security income

    It’s no secret that health care costs in America continue to escalate, creating anxiety for many over how they will afford medical expenses that could strike at any time. The ongoing political drama in Washington, D.C. over the future of health insurance policy in the nation only exacerbates this uncertainty.

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  • Living Past 100 issues
    August 02, 2017

    How living past age 100 has become a problem for some insureds

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal was entitled: “Happy 100th Birthday! There Goes Your Life Insurance.” The article discussed how some universal life policies do not pay a death benefit if the insured lives past his or her 100th birthday:

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  • Florida Life Settlement Law
    June 27, 2017

    Florida Legislation is Good News for Seniors Who Want to Make Changes to Life Insurance Policies

    The State of Florida, which has the highest percentage of residents over the age of 65 of any state in the U.S., just passed an important piece of legislation that will hopefully encourage other states to increase consumer disclosure requirements to protect seniors who are considering making changes to a life insurance policy.

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  • Victory for Florida
    June 15, 2017

    A Victory for Florida Life Insurance Consumers

    The Florida legislature recently passed H.B. 1007, a comprehensive bill intended to combat insurance fraud. One important provision of the bill requires that insurance consumers be advised of their options before making changes to a life insurancepolicy. The new law now awaits the governor’s signature or, unless vetoed, automatically becomes law 15 days after it was sent to the governor’s desk.

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  • 4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement Small
    June 14, 2017

    4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement

    Retirement is the time in your life when you can throw off the shackles of your daily responsibilities and truly enjoy the fruits of everything you spent years working toward. It’s an empowering feeling and you’ve earned it. You’ve planned and you’ve saved, but now that you’re here, don’t make the mistake of believing your financial planning is over.

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  • An Ongoing Issue on which Democrats and Republicans Agree in America
    May 23, 2017

    The Issue on which Democrats and Republicans Agree in America

    By many measures, our country is sharply polarized when it comes to our politics, with registered Democrats and Republicans lining up on opposing sides more so than ever before. In fact, a Pew Research poll taken during the 2016 presidential campaign found that the average American’s views of the “opposing party” are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century.

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  • Estate Tax Debate Comes to Washington
    May 08, 2017

    Estate Tax Debate Comes to Washington: Possible Implications for Life Insurance

    Life insurance has long been used as a tool for estate planning. It has the unique ability to satisfy a wide range of objectives including covering outstanding debt obligations, paying for burial expenses, providing for surviving family members, and offering liquidity to cover estate taxes.

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  • American-Workers-Retirement-Confidence-Slips-in-2017-as-Anxiety-Grows
    April 12, 2017

    American Workers’ Retirement Confidence Slips in 2017 as Anxiety Grow

    The 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey, an annual report published by the non-profit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), was just released and its findings provide more reason for concern about how prepared Americans are for retirement.

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  • Real-Financial-Stress-Among-Seniors
    April 01, 2017

    Financial Stress Among Seniors

    Retirement today looks very different than it did even 20 years ago. Because of the differing concerns retirees and soon-to-be retirees are facing now, many are choosing a path that’s different from the stereotypical, golf-and-gardening one that’s been the model for retirement for so many years. They’re also looking for alternative financial options.

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  • Solution-for-Seniors-Struggling-with-Life-Insurance-Premiums
    March 22, 2017

    Struggling to Pay Your Life Insurance Premiums? Know Your Options

    On average, a life settlement yields seniors seven times the amount of the policy's cash surrender value, LISA says, based on an analysis of a survey by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In fact, 90 percent of seniors with lapsed policies say they would have considered selling it if they had known life settlement was an option, an Insurance Studies Institute survey found.

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  • Reducing Health Care Expenses
    March 01, 2017

    4 Ways to Reduce Your Medical Costs in Retirement

    When you’re living on your retirement savings, any opportunity to reduce unnecessary expenses is welcome. There are lots of ways people go about this.

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    February 23, 2017

    Bridging the Gap Between Plans and Reality: Know Your Assets

    The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey found that the confidence American workers have in their ability to afford a comfortable retirement is remaining stable, with nearly two out of three workers reporting they are very or somewhat confident of having enough money for a comfortable post-career life.

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  • LISA4cprint_small2
    February 15, 2017

    Exploring Life Settlements? It’s always best to work with a LISA member

    A life insurance policy is one of the most valuable assets many Americans will ever own. Unfortunately, far too many consumers are unaware they have the right to sell a life insurance policy through what is known as a life settlement transaction. As a result, billions of dollars worth of life insurance is “irrationally lapsed” each year.

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