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NFTs and Blockchain: What You Should Know About the Digital Collectibles Craze

November 2021

In March 2021, a digital image by a graphic artist known as Beeple was sold in the form of a nonfungible token, or NFT, for $69.3 million, making him the third-most-valuable living artist. This was the first sale in history... Read more

Do You Have a Tax-Smart Withdrawal Strategy?

November 2021

Your plan for drawing down retirement assets could be just as important as your approach to accumulating retirement savings. Experts recommend various methods, such as the so-called 4% rule — withdrawing 4% of your nest egg each year (with adjustments... Read more

Net Price Calculators Help Gauge College Affordability

November 2021

Fall is the time when many high school seniors narrow their college lists and start applying to colleges. One question that is often front and center on the minds of families is “how much will it cost?” To help answer... Read more

Is a High-Deductible Health Plan Right for You?

November 2021

In 2020, 31% of U.S. workers with employer-sponsored health insurance had a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), up from 24% in 2015.1 These plans are also available outside the workplace through private insurers and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Although HDHP participation... Read more

Credit Scores Reach Record High

October 2021

The average FICO® credit score in the United States reached a record high of 711 in 2020, despite the financial challenges of the pandemic. In fact — contrary to what might be expected — consumer debt management improved after January... Read more

A Map for Your Family

October 2021

A will is an essential legal document that describes how your estate should be distributed upon your death. It is the basis for the probate process and can serve as a guide for your heirs. A letter of instruction —... Read more

Fund Retirement and Reward Workers with a Cash Balance Plan

October 2021

Cash balance plans are defined benefit plans that share some key characteristics with 401(k) plans, which makes them flexible and appealing to a growing cadre of small employers. In fact, there was a 17% increase in new cash balance plans... Read more

Four Reasons to Review Your Life Insurance Needs

October 2021

You may have purchased life insurance years ago and never gave it a second thought. Or perhaps you don’t have life insurance at all and now you need it. When your life circumstances change, you have a fresh opportunity to... Read more

Grandparent 529 Plans Get a Boost Under New FAFSA Rules

October 2021

529 plans are a favored way to save for college due to the tax benefits and other advantages they offer when funds are used to pay a beneficiary’s qualified college expenses. Up until now, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal... Read more

HOT TOPIC: Social Security’s Uncertain Future: What You Should Know

October 2021

Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system, which means today’s workers are paying taxes for the benefits received by today’s retirees. However, demographic trends such as lower birth rates, higher retirement rates, and longer life spans are causing long-run fiscal challenges.... Read more

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