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Taking Care of Caregivers

  Michael Lynch     Mon Nov 12 09:00:00 EST 2018 

For the 34 million Americans who provide care for someone age 50 or older1, the 7 day a week, 24 hour a day responsibility can be exhausting. They may be taking care of a spouse and/or one or more parents, sometimes while raising their own children. It’s a full-time job that they may be doing on top of their regular 9-to-5.

Being a caregiver is a physically, financially, and mentally challenging role. It can include being a chauffeur, a chef, a nurse, a housekeeper, and so much more.

November 13 is National Caregiver Appreciation Day, which is a good time for financial advisors to think about how to make their caregiver-clients’ lives easier. There are a few ways that financial advisors can help their clients who are already caregivers, or are primed to take the role in the future.

Invest for What: Bringing Retirement out of the Abstract

  Michael Lynch     Tue Jun 05 11:00:00 EDT 2018 

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Retirement may seem like a far-off, intangible concept for many people, and yet, from an early age, we regularly allocate a sizeable portion of our income to fund it.  Saving for retirement is expected, but it can be hard to plan for a future that is almost completely unknown—it is almost like paying a mortgage on a house you’ve never seen.

When I think back to when my wife and I bought our home, we had a laundry list of specifications: location, taxes, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, size of the kitchen, single-family home or a townhome, etc. When we found houses that met enough of our criteria, we visited each one and weighed the pros and cons until we purchased the one we loved.

I can’t say I would agree to pay for a home that I’ve never seen, and yet telling clients to save for retirement is essentially asking them to put money aside for something they’ve never experienced. Retirement can be ambiguous and unpredictable, but it is also—like buying a house—one of the most substantial investments we make in our lifetime. Shouldn’t we also have a list of criteria for how we want to live in retirement?

Ten Years Later: How the Financial Crisis is Still Impacting Investors

  John Diehl     Tue Nov 28 09:30:00 EST 2017 

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Ten years ago, the U.S. housing market collapsed, which triggered the start of what is known as the Great Recession. Now that a decade has passed, Hartford Funds conducted a survey to find out how Americans were impacted and whether they changed their financial behaviors as a result. Three key points emerged from this survey that financial advisors may find to be particularly useful.