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Americans Staying on the Sideline

The stock market might have rebounded since the financial crisis, but according to the latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey, many Americans are still wary of investing or simply are unable to get started. Just over half of Americans (51 percent) say they do not invest in the stock or bond markets in any way. For those who do not ...

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401(k) Balances Nearly Double Since Recession

401(k) account balances have gone up 93 percent, nearly double since the economic downturn in 2009, according to the latest research from the Principal Financial Group. While much of the increase reflects a rebounding market, the study found a significant increase in participation and savings rates since the market collapse, with account balances rising 17 percent in 2013 alone, to ...

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Economic Outlook for 2014

For now, the economic and political climate looks favorable.  Our article, detailing an overview of our perspective on the economic, investment, tax, and estate planning issues of the New Year, is available on the web at ljpr.com/outlook. In general, we are cautiously optimistic, and as the Outlook covers, we are revising our models to reflect what we see as a ...

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Greatest Financial Concerns for Non-Retirees

A new survey of investors who are currently working shows that concerns about rising health-care costs, changes to Social Security and/or Medicare, and running out of money are among the greatest financial worries in retirement. The percentage citing these concerns increased since prior surveys. According to the study, conducted as a part of the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Index by ...

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Women and Younger Investors Lack Financial Literacy

According to the first financial literacy flash survey (conducted by AdviceIQ, in recognition of Financial Literacy Month) women and individuals under the age of 45 are much less knowledgeable about personal finance than male and older investors.

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Americans Make Finances a Low Priority for 2013

“It’s alarming that Americans’ willingness to ignore financial planning in their New Year’s Resolutions continues to go up year after year,” says Katie Libbe, vice president of Consumer Insights for Allianz Life.

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The BRICs Story Is Not Over For Investors

American investors seeking sustained growth in their portfolios should follow in the footsteps of Starbucks and continue to look to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), says Nigel Green, the chief executive of the deVere Group, an independent financial advisory group.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning

Ike Trotter, financial advisor, spoke to NAIFA audience members about the importance and misconceptions of estate planning. The problems with the general opinion on estate planning are: – It’s only for the wealthy – It focuses entirely too much on death Trotter submitted a five-step approach on what agents must do to change their clients’ perceptions on estate planning and ...

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