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Rebar to Cement Your Financial Foundation: Easing the Burden on Survivors

Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough in itself. When you compound the death without enough financial resources…whew!…That’s tough. I’ve witnessed the devastation of these situations both emotionally and financially on family, friends and classmates. It is painful and some families never recoup financially.

Having adequate life insurance can help ease the burden and provide your survivors with greater financial peace of mind. Your family can use life insurance proceeds to take care of many types of expenses for your family and loved ones, including:

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Do Studies Still Mean Anything? (Part 1)

I often cite studies, reports and other research when posting my blogs.  One question that has come up is do these studies actually mean anything.   It’s an excellent question.

Because of my innate curiosity, I’m always trying to poke holes in my logic and the research I’ve read over the years.

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time around some of the leading thinkers and brightest minds in financial planning as well as reading peer-reviewed articles and research.  Naturally, this has led me to delve deeper into the data.

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It’s Gonna Cost You One Way or Another

Back around 2009-10, I came across a quote from Ben Feldman, one of the most prolific salespeople in world history, who said:
 

"Doing something costs something. Doing nothing costs something. And, quite often, doing nothing costs a lot more!"  

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The Most Common Pitfall I See in Personal Finance

In personal finance insurance is perhaps the most difficult subject to address because it forces us to think about the unknown.  In particular, our own mortality and sense of invincibility.  Bad things happen to other people—not me. 

Further, because insurance is about protecting against a future unknown, it’s difficult to determine or calculate how much protection you and your family will actually need.  Then there’s the issue of estimating how long will you need the protection. What is known is that you will pay premiums month after month and year after year. What is unknown and uncertain is whether the event you’re insuring against will ever occur.

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Why Are Social Security Investment Returns So Low? Part 2

In Part 1 of Why Are Social Security Investment Returns So Low?, we looked at how insurance companies work and why they are inherently conservative.  Let’s continue by examining Social Security and its investment returns.

 

 

Now about those Social Security Investment Returns

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