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Hurricanes

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On August 9, 2004 Floridians cringed when they heard that a new hurricane had formed in the Atlantic Ocean. Unbeknownst to all them was the fact that Hurricane Charley would be the first of four hurricanes that year. At its peak, Charley had winds of 150 mph and brought buckets and buckets of rain.  Soon…

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May the Force Be With You

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May the Force Be With You   If you have ever seen a Star Wars movie you have heard the line, “May the force be with you.” The characters portrayed in these George Lucas classics use that line to encourage their friends and family to stay strong in turbulent or stressful times. Sometimes when looking…

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions

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With the dropping of the ball in New York City’s Times Square and the turning of the calendar from 2017 to 2018, many individuals around the world are making their New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, improving relationships, quit smoking, and get a promotion are just a few examples of what people are wishing for in…

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DEATH: LIKE OTHER FINANCIAL EVENTS, YOU NEED A PLAN

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According to a June 2016 survey conducted by U.S. Legal Wills, 63 percent of respondents had no will at all, and only half of those over age 65 had a will that was up to date. Wealthier households were no more likely to have a will, and if they did, it was more likely to…

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Why is income planning so important

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Travis Bender I believe one of the biggest mistakes retirees make is not having an written income plan. Many retirees are working off maybe income-not guaranteed income. Why is income planning so crucial? I believe income planning is crucial for many reasons. Volatility in the market is here to stay. Volatility is the new normal.…

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Complacency in Investing

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I am an avid reader and my favorite subject (outside of the financial markets) is world history. I believe that history can teach you a lot of life lessons that if studied correctly can help you avoid major mistakes in life. I might never fight in a war or advise a president on foreign affairs,…

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BEST-LAID PLANS: WHAT CAN DERAIL RETIREMENT?

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We often fall into a trap where we think we have all the bases covered. Take retirement planning, for example. You can plan for the lifestyle you want. You can plan for the income you need. You can even stash away extra funds for unexpected expenses retirees typically encounter. But can you truly plan for…

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LTC Insurance Considerations

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The long-term care (LTC) insurance industry suffers from a similar malady as health insurance: When fewer people buy policies, insurers must charge higher premiums, which, of course, deters even more people from buying policies. With the graying of America, LTC insurance should be a booming business, but in recent years, it’s been rapidly declining. Last…

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Let’s learn more about annuities #2

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In my last message, I mentioned the different types of annuities. The fact is, you have several choices when it comes to annuities, allowing you to pick the one (if any) that is suitable for your retirement income strategy. Let’s break them down a bit further. Fixed annuities: What is it? Fixed annuities provide a…

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Get a clearer look at annuities

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Chances are, you’ve heard a lot about annuities, but let’s cut through the hearsay and get to the facts. At Blackston Financial Advisory Group, we work with families every day to help build their retirement income strategies and are well-versed in the ins and outs of insurance products and market investments. This includes annuities. Here…

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