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The Affordable Care Act Goes into Action

The Affordable Care Act Goes into Action

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of speculation and uncertainty since it was passed by Congress in 2010. Nonetheless, the law’s provisions have been enacted according to a specified timetable, and after surviving legal and political challenges, the ACA enters a pivotal phase of implementation in 2013. This may […]

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Tablets May Help Simplify Small-Business Tasks

Tablets May Help Simplify Small-Business Tasks

Not long ago, small businesses may have found it difficult to compete with larger companies, especially those with the financial resources to develop or purchase more advanced technology. In the last couple of years, however, innovative and relatively inexpensive apps for tablet computers may have helped some small businesses save time, increase productivity, and reduce […]

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Making Distribution Decisions in Retirement

Making Distribution Decisions in Retirement

More than one-third of retirees lack confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years.1 Committing to a savings strategy during your working career could go a long way to help alleviate this concern, but it’s also important to make sound decisions when withdrawing assets from the portfolio you worked so […]

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Are You Ready for E-Social Security?

Are You Ready for E-Social Security?

As of March 1, 2013, paper Social Security checks will be a thing of the past, and all retirement and disability payments (with minor exceptions) will be made electronically. Beneficiaries may choose to receive their monthly payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® debit card. The […]

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A Closer Look at Closed-End Funds

A Closer Look at Closed-End Funds

As an investor, you probably own mutual funds and have an understanding of how they work. However, you may not have considered that the vast majority of mutual funds are open-end funds that don’t restrict the number of shares but rather issue and redeem them in response to investor demand.1 You might want to expand […]

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Setting the Stage for Retirement Income

Setting the Stage for Retirement Income

In a 2012 survey, 73% of annuity owners said annuity investments are a critical part of their retirement funding strategies, and 63% said market volatility makes them more likely to consider buying an annuity.¹ When saving for retirement, some workers who are concerned about stock market volatility may turn to fixed-income investments, but the current […]

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A Legacy with a Special Purpose

A Legacy with a Special Purpose

According to the 2010 census, people with special needs make up nearly 20% of the U.S. population.¹ Furthermore, nearly 20 million American families are raising children with disabilities.² Taking care of a loved one with special needs can be an expensive proposition. For example, the lifetime care of a child with autism could cost an […]

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Understanding Beneficiary Designations

Understanding Beneficiary Designations

A will is a good starting point to help ensure that your assets are passed on to your heirs according to your wishes. However, it’s also important to specify beneficiaries for financial accounts and insurance policies on the appropriate forms, which may supersede instructions in a will. In any document distributing assets to your heirs, […]

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