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Getting Your Partner Involved in Your Financial Plan

Often when I work with couples, one person takes the lead, and the other is silent or possibly even absent. It totally makes sense. Sometimes one person is interested, and the other just isn’t. The path of least resistance is to go with it. You can make things happen on your own, so why bother to rope your partner into something they couldn’t care less about?

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You Don’t Need A Long-Term Care Policy, You Need Longevity Planning

Longevity planning and Long-Term Care planning are an integral part of a solid financial plan, especially for LGBT families. But you have to trust that the advisor you work with will help you find, what you want, what you need, what you can afford, and what you can get approved. They also need to give you options if you cannot get the type of coverage you want or need. It is helpful to work with someone who is an expert in working with someone like you.

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Benefits of Financial Planning

October is National Financial Planning Month, so it's fitting we write about the benefits of financial planning! I define financial planning as the ongoing practice of creating and updating a strategy to achieve your goals. It's not a one-time thing. It's a continuous habit or routine. No different than regular car maintenance or dental care. Have periodic checkups with regular care in between.

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How Much Income Do I Need to Protect

One of the most overlooked components of financial planning is income protection. Income is the linchpin that holds your entire financial world together. Unless you are independently wealthy and don’t need to work anymore, you probably rely pretty heavily on your earnings. If this is the case, you should probably do everything in your power to ensure your income continues to flow, even if you are unable to work.

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The Dangers of Not Monitoring Your Portfolio

Ultimately, knowing that hovering too closely over your investments has been shown to have adverse consequences. The most straightforward choice can be to go long stretches without combing through your statements. While I am not advocating for day trading, left unchecked, your investments will not behave as you might like them to. Let’s take a closer look at some potential pitfalls.

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