Budgeting

Is Disability Insurance Worth it?

Insurance: security, protection, coverage – overall, a comforting word that we welcome, especially in terms of our financial lives. There are numerous types of insurances in the financial world, and the variety of options can be daunting at times. Disability insurance is one type under the insurance umbrella that is often overshadowed by its peers, life and health insurance, despite it being just as important of a part in terms of your overall financial plan.

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Is it Time to Set Your Kids Financially Free?

Alp Atabek, AIF®

Alp Atabek, AIF®

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Conversations that bring money into play are notoriously difficult to have. As parents, we want to help and support our children in every way we can – even if doing so is at our own financial expense. When it comes to setting your young adult kids financially free: When is it time to (forcibly) nudge them to spread their wings? Here are three questions to ask yourself and reflect on when determining if it’s time to cut the purse strings.   

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Do You Struggle with Being a Primary Caregiver?

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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As a growing number of Americans begin to provide caregiving assistance to aging parents and family members, the need for caregiver support is quickly rising. In fact, 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months and, at 60%, the majority of caregivers are female. Although becoming a caregiver for a loved one is not something you can necessarily predict or anticipate, it is something you can take small steps to prepare for financially.

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Crucial Questions to Ask When Applying for Your Mortgage

 

This content was originally published on the Apex Home Loans blog 

Whether you’re ready to buy a home, considering a refinance, or simply weighing your mortgage options, arming yourself with the right questions will benefit you greatly in the long run. Before you sit down to speak with your mortgage banker, take note of these five questions to enhance your lending knowledge, prepare yourself, and build upon your ability to address any concerns you might have. 

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The Top 4 Apps to Help You Master Budgeting in 2019

At the beginning, of every year, many people make resolutions about health, relationships, and money. Whether it’s making a goal to pay down a debt, finding a significant other, or losing a few lbs, there’s an app that can help. The power of our mobile devices continues to grow and apps for everything we do are coming into the future. We’ll be focusing on budgeting apps that can help you get a handle on your financial life.


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The Power of Healthy Stock Market Corrections

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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It may come as a surprise to some, but market corrections happen fairly often. It's normal for the economy to naturally go through peaks and downfalls over time. Don't panic when a market correction happens. By the final quarter of 2018, we have become long overdue for a market correction; such a correction is inevitable. We typically experience a correction once every 55 months (4.5 years); however, we have not had a meaningful correction - defined as a 20% drop in the market - in over 115 months (9.6 years), which is the longest run in history. 

 

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How Can I Save ‘Big Money’ While Moving?

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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When planning to move, it’s easy to let stress take over - sometimes so much that you miss ways you could be saving. There are a lot of factors that go into moving, such as are you changing states, what time of year will you be relocating, and how much stuff are you taking? The American Moving and Storage Association says that the average cost of an interstate household move is about $4,300 and the average cost of an intrastate move is about $2,300. With moving expenses on the rise each year, we’ve highlighted a few ways you can keep your money in your pocket and have your stress-reduced before, after, and during your move.

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Vacation Like a Boss (On a Budget)

Kacy Reece

Kacy Reece

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Whether there’s snow on the ground or school’s out for the summer, there always seem to be signs pointing you towards your next trip. While it would be great just to pick up and fly off to an exotic place and forget about all of your worries back home, unless you have a surplus of money sitting somewhere, you have to do what most people do: plan, save, and budget for your trip. When channeling your inner jet-setter, there are some things you need to do before you can hop on a plane, get to your vacation spot, and enjoy yourself.

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