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45% of American workers have saved less than $25,000 for retirement, and 26% have saved less than $1,000.
Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2018

Will you outlive your retirement income? Are your financial expectations for the coming year realistic? Our financial newsletters are designed to provide helpful information on a wide variety of financial topics. Simply click on one of the newsletter topics below to read the article in its entirety.

January

ABLE Accounts for Disability Expenses

Explore ABLE account requirements and potential benefits, including new saving opportunities under the 2017 tax law.

Are Your Designated Heirs Up-to-Date?

The New Year might be a good time to review and update beneficiaries on estate documents, insurance policies, and financial accounts.

Consider a Customized Disability Policy

Review the potential benefits of an individual disability income policy vs. a group policy, as well as common riders.

Technology Trend: How Blockchain Could Impact the Future

Businesses and governments are exploring blockchain applications as they seek to improve transparency, increase productivity, and reduce costs.

Some Small Companies Facing Tariff Troubles

Small-business owners should watch for trade policy changes that could impact their products, supply chains, or competitors.

FEBRUARY

Need to Tap Your 401(k)? Proceed with Care

Explore an overview of rules and tax consequences for 401(k) plan hardship distributions and other early withdrawals.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

See the indicators economists rely on to understand the past, present, and potential future direction of the economy.

Getting Real About Retirement

This article features a worksheet and relevant information to help estimate retirement expenses and income.

Seeking Synergy: Why Mergers and Acquisitions Matter to Investors

Find out how and why mergers and acquisitions take place (and why they matter to investors).

A Business Plan Can Be Your Guide to Growth

A business plan can be an important step toward success. Here are some key components to consider.

March

HOT TOPIC: Keeping an Eye on Corporate Debt

This article looks at credit quality in the corporate bond market and the potential impact on fixed-income portfolios.

Taking a Team Approach to Retirement Savings

Even if you and your spouse have separate retirement accounts, you may still be able to craft a unified savings and investment strategy.

IPOs: Consider the Risks Behind the Hype

Discover why it might be worth waiting for a record of financial results before investing in an initial public offering.

Bridging the Gap Between Retirement and Medicare Eligibility

See three options that may help you bridge the health insurance coverage gap between retirement and Medicare eligibility.

Estate Taxes: Should a Trust Own Your Life Insurance?

An irrevocable life insurance trust can help pay estate taxes, but recent exemption level increases may warrant a new insurance strategy.

Succession Plans Often Hinge on Reliable Valuation

Discover the role a reliable business valuation can play in succession, tax, and retirement planning.

April

HOT TOPIC: The Fed Hits the Brakes: No Rate Hikes Projected in 2019

The Fed signaled a pause in raising interest rates. How markets reacted and what the change says about the direction of the U.S. economy.

Do You Need a Power of Attorney?

Explore three types of powers of attorney and find out how a living will can supplement a durable POA for health care.

Why Americans Are Eating Out Less Than Ever

Dining out is on the decline. Discover why Americans prepared about 82% of their meals and snacks at home in 2018.

Trusts Offer More Than Estate Tax Protection

Find out whether a testamentary trust, living trust, or special-purpose trust can benefit your family.

Considering Preferreds? Proceed with Caution

Considering investing in preferred stocks? This overview examines the risks and potential benefits.

Clarifying Tax Deductions for Meals and Entertainment

Wondering if you can still write off 50% of the cost of business meals? Find out what is and isn’t deductible.

May

HOT TOPIC: 1040 Postmortem: Making Sense of Your Taxes and Withholding

Surprised by the final numbers on your 2018 tax return? Here are some tips for adjusting withholding to help avoid surprises next tax season.

Bonds Can Offer Stability Even with Rising Rates

Explore three major categories of bonds, plus ideas for navigating the bond market amid climbing interest rates.

SRI Investing: Not Just for Stocks

Find out how individual impact bonds may allow investors to preserve principal and generate income while supporting activities that are important to them.

Be Aware of Observation Care

Covered by Medicare? Discover how observation status can impact your out-of-pocket costs and eligibility for post-hospital skilled nursing facility coverage.

Retirement Planning: How Secure Is Social Security?

View Social Security’s financial outlook, plus seven proposed fixes for a looming shortfall that may affect future benefits.

Watch Out for Scams That Target Businesses

Financial scams aimed at businesses are on the rise. See which potentially costly schemes owners and employees need to look out for.

June

HOT TOPIC: U.S.-China Trade War: Who Pays the Price?

A look at the issues behind the trade war with China, as well as who will carry the costs of the tariffs and the potential effect on the U.S. economy.

A Steady Strategy in Turbulent Times

Dollar-cost averaging can help investors focus on building their portfolios through regular investing rather than reacting to market swings.

College Savings: Roth or 529 Plan?

Can a Roth IRA double as a college savings tool? Find out how a Roth IRA compares with state-based 529 college savings plans.

Avoiding Probate with a Transfer-on-Death Deed

Many U.S. states offer a way to avoid probate when leaving the family home to your heirs. Learn more about transfer-on-death deeds.

Interest Rates and the Economy

Do you know which factors influence bond yields and why the gap between short- and long-term yields is often viewed as an economic indicator?

Steps to Executing an Exit Strategy

Monetizing a closely held business can be a difficult process, so owners may want to plan an exit strategy before they really need one.

July

HOT TOPIC: All Eyes on the U.S. Economy as It Caps Off Decade of Growth

This article compares the current economic expansion with prior business cycles and examines developments that could affect future growth.

Seeking Balance in a Mutual Fund

Balancing stocks and bonds can be a central part of building an investment portfolio. Find out how balanced funds follow a similar strategy.

What’s the Real Return on Your Investments?

Tax rates, interest rates, and inflation can all cut into the value of investment dollars. This article looks at real return on investments.

Indexed Annuities: Growth Potential with Downside Protection

Discover how indexed annuities work, including the risks and potential benefits of purchasing an indexed annuity contract.

New Study Finds Widespread Job Loss After 50

A job loss after age 50 can carry serious consequences. These tips may help you prepare professionally and financially for a late-career challenge.

Calculating Key Financial Ratios

The financial ratios that help measure an organization’s performance may also be used by potential lenders and investors. Learn more.

August

HOT TOPIC: How Geopolitical Tensions May Affect Oil Prices and the Economy

Explore the relationship between fuel prices and economic growth, factors that influence prices, and how U.S. production altered the global oil market.

Caught in the Middle: The Sandwich Generation

Tips to help balance the competing demands of saving for retirement and providing financial support to adult children and aging parents.

Consider REITs for Income and Diversification

Explore the basics of equity real estate investment trusts (REITs) including their potential benefits and risks.

Life Insurance with Long-Term Care Benefits

Concerned about the costs of long-term care? Discover two strategies that combine life insurance coverage with LTC benefits.

Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts (QLACs)

Worried your retirement might outlast your savings? A qualified longevity annuity contract could provide an income stream later in life.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Credit

Learn about four financing options that might help small businesses expand, pursue new opportunities, or cover operating expenses.

October

Seven Classic Investing Quotes

Seven classic quotes about investing from successful investors, economists, and other insightful thinkers.

Social Security 101

An overview of basic Social Security rules and options that are often misunderstood, whether workers are looking forward to claiming benefits in 1 or 30 years.

Choosing and Using a College Checking Account

Some tips for parents and college students to consider, whether opening a new checking account or using an old one.

Dealing with Divorce

Some considerations for a divorcing couple who are dividing marital assets, such as retirement accounts, and filing for Social Security.

Key Tax Breaks for Business Owners

Small-business owners will want to take full advantage of every legal tax break available, such as deductions for a home office and automobile expenses.

November

Is a Roth 401(k) Right for You?

An overview of the potential benefits, limitations, and rules of Roth 401(k) accounts.

Community Property Laws: Yours, Mine, and Ours

Community property laws that apply in nine states and “equitable distribution” laws that apply in other states.

Help with College: A Gift for Your Grandkids

Helping a grandchild obtain a college degree could be life-changing for the student. Still, it’s important to consider how a gift could affect student aid and taxes.

Health Savings Account: Funding an HSA Could Help You Prepare for Retirement

In addition to setting aside pre-tax income to pay current and future medical expenses, an HSA could play an important role in your long-term retirement strategy.

Reviewing Business Structure in Light of Tax Changes

A flat 21% tax rate may seem like a good reason for a pass-through entity to convert to a C corporation, but there are other factors to consider.

December

Competing Goals: Pay Off Student Loans or Save for Retirement?

Some college grads pay off student loans at the expense of saving for the future. See steps that may help them do both.

Low-Volatility Strategies for a Less Stressful Ride

Some stocks and stock funds may help reduce the volatility in a portfolio.

Know Your Mutual Funds

Millions of Americans own mutual funds. This overview can help you review the mix of funds you own.

Insurance Strategies: Giving Old Life Insurance a New Purpose

A 1035 exchange may allow a permanent life policy to be traded for a more suitable insurance product.

Weighing a Wider Range of Health Plan Options

Association health plans may enable small businesses to save money, but how do AHPs compare to small-group health insurance?