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It is well-known that the best way to motivate someone to go see an estate planning attorney is to arrange a trip to a faraway place. There are, of course, excellent reasons for consulting with an estate planning attorney other than exotic travel. Up-to-date estate plan documents...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Inherited IRA Rules for Spouses, Heirs and Trusts Inherited IRAs have unique traits and do not follow all the same rules as traditional individual retirement accounts and Roth IRAs....

The aging process can hurt your ability to make proper decisions about your finances. On average, 29.2% of individuals aged 80 to 89 have cognitive impairment. While the aging process affects everyone differently, it is important to protect the investment portfolio you have spent...

The decision to name a trustee is a complex process that includes weighing and balancing the various factors according to personal preferences and circumstances. A trustee is a person or institution named in a trust agreement to carry out the objectives and follow the terms of...

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   The Art of Creating an Investment Policy Statement The approach to building your nest egg should be process-driven. You should document the process you will follow in a written plan,...

Selecting the people to carry out the provisions of an estate plan is one of the most important and difficult tasks involved in the estate planning process. It is impossible to make a proper selection of any member of the estate planning team without understanding, in general terms,...

I spent the first half of this week at the CFA Institute’s Conference in Philadelphia. The conference is targeted toward CFA charterholders and covers a very wide range of topics. It’s also an international conference, with the third biggest delegation of attendees, behind the...

Many people do not see an estate plan as necessary, while others recognize the need to plan but have no idea whom to contact or how to begin. Estate planning encompasses much more than simply protecting one’s assets; it provides peace of mind that your assets will pass according...

Feature Article: When You Haven’t Saved Enough for Retirement Saving more, working longer, delaying the claiming of Social Security benefits and tapping home equity can all help fund retirement. by Charles Rotblut, CFA In This Issue: Stock Strategies » What Is Your Investing...

My father-in-law passed last week. Les was a person who was willing to take risks when the potential payoff seemed to warrant doing so. This led him to stop his graduate school studies at the University of Chicago and join what was then a brand-new government agency: NASA. His...