Vacation homes are often used in one of three ways: owner occupied, as a rental, or unoccupied. Many people carry either a homeowners or landlord insurance policy, both of which often have significant coverage gaps. You will want to make sure youre covered for all three situations. If you vacation home is in the path of a named-storm, such as a hurricane, its possible that your home insurance deductible will increase. Many named-storm deductible clauses work by requiring a deductible thats a certain percentage of a homes value, which can be anywhere from one to ten percent. The hurricane deductible is designed to offer lower premiums, so the first thing you can do is to put aside that savings for damages. Be aware that hurricane deductibles only take affect if the homes damage results from a storm officially named by the National Weather Service. Remember, no insurance is perfect and so it is usually a good idea to have an umbrella insurance policy. They fill in any gaps in coverage
Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income What you need to know before you apply for Social Security benefits. When should someone start collecting Social Security benefits? The answer is that there is no one best age for everyone and, ultimately, it is your choice. You should make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on your individual and family circumstances. We dont know what the future holds, but Social Security is likely to continue as a source of some retirement income for baby boomers. From a planning perspective, any assumptions made about the impact of Social Security on retirement should be conservative. An individuals full retirement age (FRA) is the age when he or she qualifies to receive the entire or full Social Security retirement benefit based on his or her earnings history. This age varies based on when he or she was born Everyone who is qualified to receive Social Security retirement benefits
In our increasingly complex financial world, its important to discuss the need to have an overall coordinated approach when it comes to financial affairs. Think of 11 players going onto the football field, and hiking the ball without taking the time to get into a huddle and have the quarterback call the play. The chances of these guys getting into the end zone are slim. Without overall coordination of your financial affairs, getting into the financial end zone may be difficult for you as well. Most people dont think of all their advisors as a team, but its important to recognize that most of us already have a financial team; we are getting financial advice from a variety of sources. Your financial team is comprised of your different insurance agents, your CPA or tax preparer, your bank, any investment advisors with whom you are working, and your estate planning attorney. Everyone has a financial team, and they all need a Financial Quarterback. Lets look at some potential pitfalls of
Introducing Kids (and Grandkids!) to Investing Setting the stage As your kids learn more about managing their money, introduce the concept of investing. Its a great way to reinforce the ideas of goal setting, saving, and budgeting. It can help put them on a long-term path to financial independence. Keep it simple When kids are in elementary or middle school, its a good idea to teach kids to put money away in three buckets: save, spend and share. As they get a little older, say into high school, you can get a little more sophisticated in how you approach investing. Start by explaining that investing is a means of using your money to try to create more money. This usually starts to make more sense for kids when they start to work and they can finally realize how hard they have to work to pay for something, especially after Uncle Sam takes his fair share. Make it real You can start your investing conversation by having a family meeting. You should explain that your intention is to
In many ways, 2016 has proven to be predictably unpredictable as highly covered events and predictions have not met up with outcomes (a few examples: Growth concerns in China, Fed uncertainty, Global slowdown fears, and Brexit). Q4 proved to be no different with the surprise election outcome of President-elect Donald Trump, and continued shifts in the political landscape abroad. Optimism about the incoming administrations plans for fiscal stimulus through reduced taxes and increased infrastructure spending, along with a move toward deregulation in the financial industry, seemed to drive sentiment for Q4. This positive sentiment was the primary driver of outperformance in the financial and industrial sectors, the expectation of nationalistic trade policies weighed on EM Equities, while positive sentiment surrounding U.S. equities drove investors out of Treasury and into U.S. equities, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury Note to 2.37%. Some key highlights over the quarter: According
In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a coffee napconsuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute restfelt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a nap. Why does this work? A 20-minute nap ends just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine, maximizing alertness. Adenosine is a by-product of wakefulness and activity, says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology Sleep Medicine. As adenosine levels increase, we become more fatigued. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap. To read the full article, please go to Health.com.
Ed had a great adventure this summer when he had the chance to take his 24 foot Sea Ray 110 miles up the Erie and Seneca Canals. Ed and his wife, Gladys, took several days to make the journey and take in the history of the canals from Amherst to Seneca Falls. You can read all about Eds trip, the old canal and lock system, and his thoughts about the trip as part of his article this past August in the Lakewood Observer. A retired sergeant with 37 years of service to the Lakewood Police Department and member of the Lakewood Board of Education, Ed is a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, and Lakewood Kiwanis. He stays busy as Marine Patrol Supervisor for the Lorain Port Authority and as a polygraph examiner in the government and private sectors. Gladys will retire from Lakewood Schools in March and they are traveling to Hawaii.
For many, the end-of-summer months of July, August and September brings warmer weather, vacation and time with family. At the end of Q3, investors were treated to some calm as light trading activity was met with modest gains across stocks and the Fed decided not to change rates on September 22nd. Despite volatility through the first half of the year, Q3 brought much needed positive economic data, job growth and increases to investor sentiment. Some key highlights over the quarter: Investors were encouraged by a solid upturn in US housing construction, driven in part by continued improvement in the job market. Late in the month, the US Commerce Department announced that new home sales had surged 12.4% in July and reached a nine-year high. International stocks rose during the quarter, as investors shifted towards equities given the low interest rate environment. Global financials, though, rallied during the month as uncertainty around Brexit eased and bank share prices began to rebound
There are some proven tax planning tips that can be applied each and every year. They are highly effective and proven to minimize your tax bill. Here is a brief highlight of the tax planning maneuvers you should be considering for 2016: 1)Defer Income: Income is taxed in the year it is received. Consider deferring year-end bonuses from employers to 2017 if that income will place you in a higher tax bracket in 2016. If you are self-employed, you may consider delaying billings until late December so that the payments are not received until 2017. Also consider accelerating income into 2016 if you will be in a lower tax bracket in the current tax year. 2)Charitable Deductions: You may wish to consider donating appreciated property (stocks or property) in lieu of cash. You achieve the double tax benefit of deducting the contributed asset at Fair Market Value and avoiding paying the capital gains tax on the built-up appreciation. 3)HSA: Consider setting up and contributing to a Health Savings
New Brain Training Technique Used at the Olympics This years summer Olympics in Rio gave way to a brand new form of fitness. Halo Sport, a set of headphones designed to stimulate the brains motor cortex, was used by several of the athletes who competed in this years games. The company behind this invention, Halo Neuroscience, compare it to the way good nutrition supports a healthy body and strong muscles. Click the link below to see the full article, as well as a video of the Olympic athletes who used it and their reactions. http://www.labroots.com/trending/neuroscience/3905/brain-training-olympics