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  1. 3 Tips to Improve Your Estate Plan

    I recently attended a day of continuing education conducted by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers or NAPFA. About one-half of the day was dedicated to the review of an actual estate settlement and several examples of what is called “Post-Mortem Planning”. To be honest, the scenario probably doesn’t apply...
  2. SBP Payments Don’t Go On Forever

    Military Family recently received a question from a reader about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).  The question involved the duration of SBP payments.  The reader wanted to know how long her husband, an Air Force Retiree, would pay SBP premiums.  Her husband is 78 years old and retired from the...
  3. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

    Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, you can start thinking about the upcoming season…Tax Season that is.  I know, I know this is REALLY the Holiday Season, but you can also do a few things to reduce your taxes this year if you take the time now.  Here are 3...
  4. SGLI Is NOT Your Only “Life Insurance”

    If you are on active duty, there is no doubt you are aware of your benefits under the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program.  SGLI is a great insurance product and an excellent benefit available to all servicemembers that pay for it.  But, the government also provides insurance protection for those...
  5. 15 Minutes Could Save You…

    Turn on the TV for just a few minutes and someone will confidently tell you that they can “Save You a Bunch” on your Auto Insurance.  And, while that may be true, you can also save yourself “a Bunch” on your Auto Insurance.  There are four things you can do...
  6. Doing Some Last Minute Shopping? Don’t Buy a Tax Bill

    As the year comes to a close, there are a lot of different reasons why you might be considering investing in (buying) a mutual fund. Perhaps you got that Christmas Bonus…o.k. I know you’re on Active Duty and Uncle Sam hasn’t found it in his heart to give Christmas bonuses yet,...
  7. Blocking and Tackling: The Key to Your Financial Future

    If you’ve spent much time watching football at some point you’ve heard the following from a football coach…”We need to concentrate on Blocking and Tackling and then the wins will come.” What does the coach mean by that? Well, I’m not an expert on football but I’m pretty sure the...
  8. Military Tax Break: Sale of Primary Residence

    Let’s face it. If you are in the military and have purchased a house, often times the real estate market and your PCS orders don’t always agree with each other. Sometimes you’re forced to move when it just doesn’t make sense to sell. Many of you (and myself in the...