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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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Geopolitical Fears & 1st Quarter Earnings

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In this short trading week, markets picked up where they left off last week. Geopolitical fears across the globe are giving the Dow Jones and S&P 500 pause this week. Russia, North Korea, the Middle East, and ISIS continue to weigh down any positive movements in the overall stock market. Any time the stock market…

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Syrian Conflict/March Employment Figures

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As we awoke this morning, news of 59 Tomahawk missiles being dropped on a Syrian military base was the headline of all news outlets across the country. A swift response from President Trump to the gassing of Syrian civilians pushed many international financial markets lower and safe haven assets here at home like gold and…

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What Are You Paying For Investments?

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Article By Travis Bender Have you ever thought to yourself “I wonder what fees I am paying within my investments?” Many people I meet with unfortunately have no idea what fees they are actually paying within their investment portfolio. When was the last time you went to buy a car and didn’t ask the price?…

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Financial Planning with Instructions

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Have you ever tried to build something without directions? A million different pieces scattered on the floor and no instructions on how to start. Recently, I ordered a piece of furniture from an internet furniture store. When the box arrived, I was unaware that I would need to physically assemble the entire piece of furniture.…

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