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Don’t forget individual disability coverage
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-04-25
The commercial featuring that loud, quacking duck has gone a long way to making people think about individual disability coverage as a way to keep bills paid if the family breadwinner gets sick or injured over an extended period of time. It’s true — individual disability insurance is more important than ever, and every working…
Category(s): Business
Williams: Planning process starts with new behavior
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-04-18
Any financial planning process begins with necessary changes in financial behavior. The degree of change varies based on financial priorities, but in the end, it’s about adopting good habits and abandoning bad ones. Before you take any of the following steps, it makes sense to talk to an expert who can help you see your…
Category(s): Business
Be careful before investing in foreclosures
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-04-11
RealtyTrac, a leading online market for foreclosure properties, reported last month that February 2010 foreclosures were actually down 2 percent from the previous month. Yet RealtyTrac indicates this break might not last long. Even though the 6 percent year-to-year increase in February foreclosures was “the smallest annual increase” RealtyTrac recorded in 50 straight months, it…
Category(s): Business
Be careful before investing in foreclosures
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-04-11
RealtyTrac, a leading online market for foreclosure properties, reported last month that February 2010 foreclosures were actually down 2 percent from the previous month. Yet RealtyTrac indicates this break might not last long. Even though the 6 percent year-to-year increase in February foreclosures was “the smallest annual increase” RealtyTrac recorded in 50 straight months, it…
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Planning for long-term care and end-of-life issues
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-03-21
In the best of all situations, helping an older relative or a parent plan for long-term care and other end-of-life issues happens when they’re healthy and various options can be considered with adequate time to do so. Unfortunately, events can sometimes intervene and make an elder’s need for assistance an emergency. This is why it’s…
Category(s): Business
The good and bad news about private loans
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-03-14
As lending requirements stay relatively tight for most consumers, the chance of borrowing outside the banking system from family or friends can be attractive. After all, it’s rare to see a parent or sibling demand a credit check or other lengthy documentation. On the other hand, it could be one of the most dangerous financial…
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A ‘postnup’ resets clock on money issues
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-03-01
Less than a month removed from Valentine’s Day might not be the best time to focus on money, but some married couples are taking the unusual step of resetting the clock on money issues both good and bad with a legal document called a postnuptial agreement. A postnuptial agreement is a contract between spouses. It…
Category(s): Business
Williams: Downsizing can save you money
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-02-15
As people move into their 50s and 60s, priorities change. The hours spent on home improvements and the sheer time necessary to maintain a full-sized home seem to be a little more of a burden. As kids move on, there’s all that unneeded space. Men and women tend to turn on the gas in the…
Category(s): Business
Juggling priorities? Your retirement trumps your kids’ college needs
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-01-31
Even as the economy begins its slow crawl back, college costs are continuing to rise. And that means parents are continuing to fight a tough battle between funding college and funding their own retirements. In October, the College Board reported that the average published price of tuition and fees for in-state students at four-year U.S….
Category(s): Columns,Business
Put your goals in writing — then stick to them
Posted by: Gary S. Williams on 2010-01-18
Plenty of people make resolutions to lose weight, get a new job or make other things happen in their personal life, but relatively few make solid resolutions about money. Make 2010 the year you’ll live a better life financially. Here are a few resolutions to think about: Write down the things you really want in…
Category(s): Columns,Business

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