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Carl Richards is a certified financial planner, director of investor education for the BAM Alliance, and creator of the weekly Sketch Guy column at The New York Times. He spoke to AAII about the benefits of having an easy-to-follow financial plan. Could you explain what a financial...

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Do you have a significant college reunion that’s inspiring you to make a large gift? Perhaps there is a capital campaign for your favorite cause. These are the kinds of giving opportunities that should have you considering a charitable trust. For example, a charitable remainder...

Mature couple talking to financial planner at home

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Because we are all living longer, today’s investor is definitely concerned with end of life issues and making sure that enough coverage is in place as Father Time starts to take over. As we all know,...

Mature couple talking to financial planner at home

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. Estate planning truly is the ultimate gift for your loved ones. A comprehensive estate plan should always include a review of the titles and beneficiary designations for all assets. You want to ensure...

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This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. The Paycheck Strategy for Lifetime Investing is outside of the current investment paradigm of professional investment advisers, but we believe it can be the basis for a strategy to ensure a flow of...

Most investors won’t buy a stock or mutual fund without doing some level of analysis or research beforehand. Yet, surprisingly, there are those who will follow the advice of a financial planner, insurance agent or other money professional without doing some type of background...

As the calendar draws to a close on 2015, many of us will participate in an age-old tradition: drafting our New Year’s resolutions. The other tradition is to abandon those resolutions within the first few weeks of the New Year, or even sooner. However, a data from Fidelity...

In a recent Bankrate.com article, Sheyna Steiner cautions would-be retirees to expect health care costs in retirement to be higher than they expect. In her article, Steiner cites research from Healthview Services that indicates that the average lifetime cost for health care for...

Confronted with low interest rates, major insurers are exercising their contractual rights by raising rates on “universal life” insurance policies they sold to consumers years ago. Universal-life policies combine a death benefit with a tax-advantaged savings account....

A new TIAA-CREF survey finds more than half of investors look to short-term performance factors when making investment decisions, while nearly one-third mistakenly believe all investments carry the same overall level of risk. According to the survey results, 36% of investors look...