How do Presidential Elections Impact the Stock Market?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on November 2, 2020

Over the past months much has been said about how the presidential election might impact the stock market. Although we can't predict what will happen in this unexpected year, we can learn a lot from history.

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Topics: Tolerating Risk with Investments, Investing, Retirement, impact of presidential elections

Do you have a Zombie Retirement Plan?

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on October 29, 2020

Do you have a "Zombie Plan" roaming around somewhere in your financial past? An old 401(k), 403(b), or other employer sponsored plan that's been neglected and untouched for so long that it's almost left for dead!

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Topics: 401k, 403(b), Retirement, rollover

Year-end Financial To-do List

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 9:00 AM on October 26, 2020

We're quickly approaching the end of another year - for many it can't come soon enough! But, before you start on your holiday to-do list, you might want to check out this "Financial To-Do List." Experience tells us that those who run through these items annually are well set up to reach financial goals in the new year!

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Topics: Financial Planning

The Social Security Administration Announces 2021 COLA

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 6:30 PM on October 22, 2020

What you should know about the most recent cost-of-living adjustment.

On October 13, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Additionally, increased payments to more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020.1

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Topics: Financial Planning, Social Security, Social Security income

What to expect during your first meeting at Creekmur Wealth.

Posted by Creekmur Wealth Advisors on 1:35 PM on October 21, 2020

You've done it! You've made that call to schedule your introductory meeting with a financial advisor. You're taking control of your financial future, but you have a lot of questions about what happens next. Rest assured, you're not alone. We have found that many of the people who talk to a Creekmur Wealth advisor for the first time weren't sure what to expect, how much to share, or even what documents they should provide. 

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Topics: Financial Planning, Stay focused on objectives, Certified Financial Planner, CFP, getting started

Are all financial advisors the same?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 3:01 PM on October 19, 2020

One of the misconceptions we are faced with in the financial services industry is the idea that all “financial people” the same. We sometimes hear the question,

"What is the difference between the advisors at Creekmur Wealth and the insurance agent or broker's office down the street?"

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Topics: Wealth Advisor, Wealth Management, Financial Planning, Investment Advisor, Certified Financial Planner, CFP

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

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