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5 Reasons to Invest ONLINE

Submitted by American Capital Planning Man (and Woman!!) vs. Machine.  We know that working with a real live human advisor who is a fiduciary (one who puts your interest first), can create alpha of at least 3% even if they don’t work for Vanguard.  That’s been true for the almost three decades I’ve been working with clients.  Here we…

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How to Create Order out of Chaos with Your Financial Records

Submitted by American Capital Planning It should not take the filing of a tax return or a death in the family to finally create order out of paper chaos so you are not forced to scramble in those critical circumstances. The chances of making costly errors are too great not to take some very simple,…

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Should You Purchase Car Rental Insurance?

Submitted by American Capital Planning Anyone who has ever rented a car knows that cringing feeling that comes up when the rental agent asks whether you want to purchase rental car insurance. It’s made worse when the agent goes into a pitch about how most people’s auto insurance won’t cover all of the costs incurred…

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Your Emergency Fund and You

Summer’s finally here. The sun is out, it’s warm, the days are longer, and your worries seem just a little bit further away. But, folks, I’m sorry to say, sometimes storms roll in on the sunniest of days. And if I’m honest, the world is a bit of a scary place at the moment, with politics…

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The Biggest Reasons to Own Life Insurance

Submitted by American Capital Planning Most financial planning experts agree that life insurance should form the foundation of everyone’s financial plan.  For most families, their most basic financial security needs would be in jeopardy should they suffer the loss of one of their primary breadwinners. Intellectually, it is not difficult for people to understand the…

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The Very High Cost of Waiting to Save for Retirement

The Very High Cost of Waiting to Save for Retirement | American Capital Planning

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Game of Life: Financial Planning At Every Age

Submitted by American Capital Planning If you’ve ever played the Game of Life board game, it becomes clear that compressed into the colorful path there are various stages of life. Each stage holds its own major financial challenges as well as prospective profits in addition to surprises (new baby!) and forks in the road. In…

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Planning a Family – What to Save for Right Now

The decision to go forward with your plans to start a family is a joyous one, but it can also lead to increased stress especially if your financial house has not been child-proofed. Considering that, on average, the cost of raising a child now exceeds $300,000, there’s little margin for error for most young families…

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Retirement Income Planning Requires Realistic Spending Assumptions

If you have read any literature on retirement planning or have received advice from a financial professional, chances are you were presented with the 70% rule, the one that suggests that retirees will need between 70 and 80% of their pre-retirement income in order to maintain their standard of living. There are several flaws with…

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