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Money Matters: Buying Life Insurance – What Kind and How Much?

Cary, NC – Finding the middle ground between being “insurance poor” and unprotected requires assessing real needs and choosing products that are affordable. This article introduces different types of insurance products and the role that they can play in a personal financial plan. Read more

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529s and Estate Planning: What’s the Connection?

Cary, NC – Assets in 529 plans have grown significantly in recent years due to their college planning potential. But there’s another side to 529 plans that may appeal to you — potential estate planning benefits. [1]

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Money Matters: 401(k) Decisions – You Can Take It With You

Cary, NC – If you are preparing to change jobs, do you know what your choices are for managing the money in your current employer’s retirement plan? Although many people choose to take a cash distribution, there are other options that may benefit you more. Read more

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Money Matters: Can Social Security Be Fixed?

Cary, NC – Will Social Security be different when you retire? Its reserves are projected to be depleted by 2034, and if that happens, the program could pay retirees only about 80 percent of projected retirement benefits.[1]

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Money Matters: Have a 401(k) Plan at a Former Employer?

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – Do you have a 401(k) plan at a former employer? Here are some options for getting the most out of multiple retirement accounts.

 You may have had multiple jobs over your career, and left behind retirement account balances of critical building blocks for your retirement. Here is a short guide to your options of what to do with a retirement account left with a former employer.

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Money Matters: How to Dig Yourself Out of Debt and Save at the Same Time

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – Paying down debt may seem like an impossible task but it doesn’t need to be. By following a basic three-step plan – tracking your monthly income and expenses, establishing good saving habits and then using what you have learned from the first two steps to begin reducing what you owe – you can rid yourself of the debt trap over time.
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Money Matters: Are You Undercutting Your Efforts to Build Wealth?

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – Good money habits can help you as you save and invest for the future. Bad habits can leave you treading water (or underwater) financially. Here are some to avoid. Read more

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Money Matters: Financial Wellness and Controlling Credit Card Debt

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – You know it’s important to maintain your physical health. But did you know it’s just as important to pay attention to your financial health? When your finances are under control, you are likely to reduce stress and are better able to save for retirement and your other long-term goals. Read more

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Money Matters: Annuity Options: Choices Abound for Today’s Retiree

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – As the earliest baby boomers begin to enter retirement, the various income guarantees and other living benefits offered through variable annuities (VAs) are gaining in importance.

Yet before you rush to add a VA to your retirement funding scheme, take some time to understand what VAs have to offer in a general sense and to sort through the host of optional features and their associated fees and investment risks. Read more

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Money Matters: Divorce and Your Finances

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – Keeping an eye on your financial health during a divorce is essential. Even the most amicable divorce can have a significant impact on your finances. Knowing the laws that govern the division of assets during a divorce is an important first step in protecting your financial health throughout this difficult period. This article outlines some important topics to consider on how divorce may affect your finances. Read more