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Where Should I Invest My Cash: Stocks or Housing?

Where should I invest my cash: stocks or housing? Determining whether to invest your cash in stocks or housing probably depends upon what your goals are. If your goal is to build wealth then putting all your money in a house may not be such a good investment. Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller said at a Standard and  Click to Continue


How to Collect Social Security Benefits from Your Ex

Whatever happened to til death do we part? Statistics from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research show that despite the overall divorce rate in the U.S. dropping over the last 20 years, the divorce rate among Baby Boomers has doubled. Couples going through the tough and emotional process of divorce should be smart  Click to Continue


America Is Now Number 2

I’m at the airport as I read this headline. Brett Arends of MarketWatch writes, “It’s official: America is now number 2″. The Chinese economy overtakes the U.S. economy to become the world’s largest. America is now number 2. Has anyone noticed? Since about 1945 we have lived in a world dominated by the United States.  Click to Continue


The Truth about Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts (QLACs)

Ever since the IRS and the Treasury Department made the monumental announcement that longevity annuities (aka deferred income annuities, aka your own “private pension plan”) can now be allowed in qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and IRAs, there has been a ton of chatter about these qualified longevity annuity contracts (aka QLACs). Sadly,  Click to Continue


5 Steps to an Early Retirement

Wouldn’t you like to retire early? Of course you would! The thought of retiring from an 8-5 job and being in charge of your own financial destiny before “retirement” age is a dream that can become a reality if you have an action plan. Although there is no perfect, one size fits all formula, following  Click to Continue


3 Retirement Plan Essentials

Are you ready to start coasting into retirement? You’ve accumulated some savings, you’re ready to begin Social Security and live the good life. Sounds simple, right? In reality, tax legislation, Social Security laws, contribution limits, type of retirement account and expensive medical care make a seemingly simple process, much more complicated. The Lincoln Financial Group conducted a  Click to Continue