Millions of people use life insurance as a safety net that will allow family members to pay bills, go to college, or support a business in case of the insured’s untimely death. Ultimately, the thinking is if you’re the beneficiary on a life insurance policy, you have some degree of protection for … [Read more...] about Life Insurance Basics You Should Know
Barbara Clark Stevenson
As a future or current retiree, it is important for you to take into consideration the big picture of your retirement planning. Once you have the full picture, it helps you make more detailed and necessary decisions to achieve the retirement for which you have worked your whole life. One of the … [Read more...] about Retirement Planning: The Big Picture
Everywhere you turn, there’s someone talking about COVID-19, and it can honestly get a little overwhelming. We’ve all felt that way at one point or another. One thing you may not have heard, though, is how you can use the COVID-19 crisis to do something besides worry. Instead of it being a … [Read more...] about Using COVID-19 to Benefit Your Retirement Strategy
Wealth building isn’t about get-rich-quick schemes or chasing the trends in the stock market. Often, it just comes down to making the right financial decisions, big and small, over an extended period of time. Recently, we came across an Investopedia.com article from May 2019 entitled, “3 Simple … [Read more...] about Building Wealth Might Be Simpler Than You Think
Baby Boomers are retiring at astonishing rates and are looking for ways to replace their steady paycheck. They are worried about the potential of Social Security diminishing and what might happen to their retirement if it does. At American Financial Security, we believe that the No. 1 concern for … [Read more...] about Understanding the Number One Concern for Pre-Retirees
If you’ve ever visited New York City, you may have seen the famous bull statue in the Financial District. That bull is considered a sign of optimism, indicative of what’s known as a bull market. A bull market generally refers to a time when the stock market is rising and expected to continue to … [Read more...] about Are You Prepared for a Bear Market?
Being early can be considered a virtue. Just think of some of the proverbs that we’ve all heard hundreds of times over the years: “The early bird gets the worm.” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” There are many situations where being early … [Read more...] about Three Drawbacks to Early Retirement
More people are saving more money for retirement than they have in the past few decades, according to a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. That’s great news! Now, for the not-so-great news. The report, titled “Retirement Security: Income and Wealth Disparities Continue … [Read more...] about Encouraging All to Save for Retirement
If you’ve ever visited New York City, you may have seen the famous bull statue in the Financial District. That bull is considered a sign of optimism, indicative of what’s known as a bull market. A bull market generally refers to a time when the stock market is rising and is expected to continue … [Read more...] about Are You Prepared for a Bear Market?
Saving for retirement has become much more simple with automated savings for accounts like 401(k)s, but what do you do if you’re self-employed or work at a company that doesn’t offer a retirement plan? According to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, fewer than half of American … [Read more...] about Creating Your Own Retirement Plan