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Gary S. Williams: Buying used is a good habit for tough times
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2011-01-23
Even with hopes for a better economy in 2011, some habits learned in tough times could stand to become permanent ones. A good one might be continuing — or starting — to buy particular categories of merchandise that are used but still in good condition. If it makes you feel better to use the term…
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Gary S. Williams: Do homework to see if paying off mortgage makes sense
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2011-01-09
As Americans become more conscious about the damage debt can do to their finances, there’s always a question of whether it makes sense to pay down first mortgages and home equity lines so more money can be directed to retirement or other goals. Like so many questions in financial planning, the initial answer is…
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Gary S. Williams: Planning can help reduce big funeral expenses
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2011-01-02
It doesn’t matter whether a loved one dies suddenly or with warning — funeral costs can be daunting. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, which bills itself as the world’s leading funeral service association, the average cost of an adult funeral in 2010 stood at $7,755, and that doesn’t include the price of…
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Gary S. Williams: Long-distance care giving requires careful planning
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-12-26
As older friends and relatives increasingly need our help, it’s not always possible for us to move back to personally oversee their care. The same goes for younger loved ones who face sudden illness or injury that robs them of their ability to care for themselves. How can we best be in charge when…
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Gary S. Williams: Keep planning while waiting to sell your home
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-12-19
While most experts see little good news in 2011’s housing market, economic downturn is no reason to neglect maintenance on a home or lose sight of plans to relocate. The critical issue is planning intelligently for what spending you do now to make sure it’s worth your money later. And even if your plan to…
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Williams: Make a plan before paying down your debt
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-11-21
As Americans become more conscious about the damage debt can do to their finances, there’s always a question of whether it makes sense to pay down first mortgages and home equity lines so they can direct more money to retirement or other goals. Like so many questions in financial planning, the initial answer is always…
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Long-term care coverage: 10 questions to ask
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-11-07
For Americans over the age of 50, the time to consider long-term care coverage is now. Whether to buy it is a separate question that’s as individual as you are. Long-term care insurance (LTC) is generally recommended to people who can afford the premiums, who have significant assets to protect in the event of…
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Teach your high schooler about finances
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-10-24
In August, the Wall Street Journal reported that student-loan debt now surpasses credit card debt as the No. 1 source of outstanding consumer debt, with some $829.8 billion in current federal and private school loans. For some, those statistics are a good news story — that individuals are finally getting serious about paying off the…
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Special planning for special needs
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-09-27
There are many types of financial worries, but probably none as relentless as the costs of treating and supporting a special needs child. A 2008 MassMutual/Easter Seals study focusing on autism spectrum disorders, a range of conditions that can lead to problems with socialization, communication and behavior, discovered the following: – Nearly three-fourths of parents…
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Begin your planning for aging relatives early
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-09-12
No one wants to see someone they love in a nursing home. That’s why many older Americans and their families would opt for home-based care whether it’s for a temporary illness or disability, or end-of-life. Yet the best time to plan for such an event is exactly at the time when no one wants to…
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