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October Is Financial Planning Month

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:15 AM on October 15, 2020

Six areas of personal finance to review.

When training to become a financial professional, much of our course work centers on the six critical areas of creating a financial strategy. Some recognize October as Financial Planning Month, so it's an excellent opportunity to review those six personal finance areas.1

Cash Management: This is a broad topic that can address many issues. One area is creating an emergency fund, which is money that's set aside for unplanned expenses. Cash management also can include looking at your "sources and uses" of money. Financial Planning Month focuses mainly on cash management and spending habits.1

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Topics: Wealth Advisor, Wealth Management, Financial Planning

What do I do When a Loved One Passes?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:30 AM on October 8, 2020

A checklist of some of the first steps.

When you lose a spouse, partner, or parent, the grief can be overwhelming. In the midst of that grief, life goes on. There are arrangements to be made, things to be taken care of – and in recognition of this reality, here is a checklist that you may find useful at such a time.

First, gather documents. Ask for help from other family members if you need it. Start by gathering the following:

* A will, a trust, or other estate documents. If none of these exist, you could face a longer legal process when settling the person’s estate. If a trust exists, we would recommend contacting the professional or firm who helped set up the document. Depending upon how the estate is set up you may need to secure a Letter of Testamentary.
* A Social Security card/number. Generally, the person’s Social Security number will be retired shortly following the death.

Then, gather these additional highly important items.

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Topics: Widow, Life Insurance, Surviving Spouse, Inheritance

Facts About Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:45 AM on October 1, 2020

How much do you know about the different coverage options?

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. If you are enrolling in Medicare for the first time, give yourself plenty of time. You may discover that it is much more complex than an employer-sponsored group health plan.1

When you enroll in Medicare, you pay multiple premiums for multiple types of coverage (Parts A and B, as well as the Part D prescription drug plan). Unlike a group health plan, there are no caps on out-of-pocket costs and a risk that you might have to pay a hospital insurance deductible more than once per year. Original Medicare also does not cover some costs that many seniors would like to cover, such as dental and vision care expenses.2

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Topics: Details about Medicare, Retirement, Medicare Enrollment

How Much Do You Really Know About Extended Care?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 12:36 PM on September 24, 2020

Separating some eldercare facts from eldercare myths.

How much does eldercare cost, and how do you arrange it when it is needed? The average person might have difficulty answering those two questions, for the answers are not widely known. For clarification, here are some facts to dispel some myths.

True or false: Medicare will pay for your mom or dad’s nursing home care.
FALSE. Medicare is not extended care insurance.1

Medicare Part A will pay the bill for up to 20 days of skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, but after that, you or your parents may have to cover some costs out-of-pocket. After 100 days in a SNF, you will have to cover all costs out of pocket. The only way to “reset the clock” for Medicare coverage of these services is if 

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Topics: Financial Planning, Insurance, Life Insurance, Retirement

Why Roth IRA Conversions May Now Be Advantageous

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:42 AM on September 17, 2020

Thanks to a couple of factors, some investors are thinking about this move before 2020 ends.

Roth IRAs have attracted retirement savers since their introduction in 1998. They offer the potential for tax-free retirement income, provided Internal Revenue Service rules are followed.

Do Roth IRAs seem even more attractive these days? Perhaps. You can cite two factors: current tax rates and the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act.

Roth IRAs differ from traditional IRAs. Typically, distributions from traditional IRAs must start once you reach age 72, and the money distributed is taxed as ordinary income. When distributions are taken before age 59½, 

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Topics: Investing, Retirement, Roth Conversions, Roth IRA

Dow 30 Changes Its Starting Lineup

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 2:41 PM on September 10, 2020

What you should know about the change.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the most widely followed stock market indices, has made some key changes to its starting lineup.

Salesforce.com, Amgen Inc., and Honeywell International Inc. have replaced Exxon Mobil Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Raytheon Technologies Corp. The change went into effect before the market opened on Monday, August 31.1

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Topics: Investing, Retirement, Stock Market

Conquering Retirement Challenges for Women

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 7:22 AM on September 3, 2020

Looking ahead can help you conquer these unique obstacles.

When it comes to retirement, some women face obstacles that can make saving for retirement a challenge. Women typically earn less than their male counterparts and often take time out of the workforce to care for children or other family members. Added to the fact that women typically live longer than men, retirement money for women may need to stretch even further.1

Despite these challenges, there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful.2

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Topics: Working Women, Financial Planning, Retirement

Get Your FAFSA Ready

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 11:12 AM on August 27, 2020

The application window for federal student loans opens on October 1.

Mark this date on your calendar: October 1. That is the day when current and future traditional college students can start submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-22 school year. For many students, the FAFSA is frequently the gateway to significant financial aid: federal and state student loans, grants, university scholarships, and work-study programs.1

FAFSAs should be sent in as soon as possible. The closer to “opening day” (October 1) you can do it, the better. Some states offer aid on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some universities set fall deadlines for financial aid requests.1,2

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Topics: College Planning, FAFSA

What Are Stock Splits?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 10:15 AM on August 20, 2020

Here’s what you need to know.

Two high-profile companies—Apple and Tesla—have announced stock splits in the past few weeks, which makes it a great time to discuss what’s involved when a company announces a stock split.

Remember, any companies mentioned are for illustrative purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, timeframe, and risk tolerance.

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Topics: Investing, Stocks

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 7:15 AM on August 13, 2020

It depends on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance..

"Will I outlive my retirement money?" That's one of the top fears for people who are starting to prepare for their retirement years.

So I have to chuckle a bit when I see headlines that say, "Here's how much money Americans think they need to retire comfortably."1

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Topics: Financial Planning, Investing, Retirement

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