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Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on exploring the benefits of life insurance. The final part will appear in the March 5 issue of the AFN.
An investment sea change has been occurring in the past few years: Mutual fund investors have been shifting some or all of their assets to passively managed vehicles. For many, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become the vehicle of choice.
How has the economy affected bank lending?
For months we have been hearing how a lot is changing when it comes to health care. When you remove the politics and the rhetoric, the fact remains that most Arizonans are required to have health insurance by March 31 or face paying a penalty.
Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on exploring the benefits of life insurance. The final part will appear in the March 2 issue of the AFN.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series on exploring the benefits of life insurance. Part three will appear in the Feb. 28 issue of the AFN.
Cities, counties, school districts and state governments all over our country have cut budgets over the past several years. Education, infrastructure, aid to the poor and housing assistance have all been reduced.
Glaring headlines about Arizona’s public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state’s pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill.
It’s a good thing to have some savings. When you put the money in a low-risk account, you can be pretty sure it will be readily available when you need it. Nonetheless, “saving” is not “investing” — and knowing the difference could pay off for you far into the future.
I think I am not alone in growing so tired of Don Kennedy’s “rants” in the AFN. Surely there has to be a more productive and community-embraceable dialog than his extreme “right-wing” discourse and that of the opposing Nancy Pelosi-ish left. The best thing for our country is for those of us in the moderate middle to take back the discussion and elect public servants who will serve the interest of the vast (and too-often silent) majority of our citizens.
Interest rates are at historic lows. But they will rise eventually. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds, what might higher rates mean for you?
So the libertarian march toward privatization of public institutions in Arizona continues.
If you’re a football fan (and probably even if you aren’t), you are aware that we’re closing in on the Super Bowl. This year’s event is unique in that it is the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor, cold-weather site — New Jersey, to be specific. However, the 2014 game shares many similarities to past Super Bowls in terms of what it took for the two teams to arrive at this point. And some of these same characteristics apply to successful investors.
You need to save and invest as much as possible to pay for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But your retirement income also depends, to a certain degree, on how your retirement funds are taxed. And that’s why you may be interested in tax diversification.
People buy and sell homes for a variety of reasons. Understanding their motivation and their experiences is the goal of the annual Profile of Buyers and Sellers survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Your 401(k) offers tax-deductible contributions, tax-deferred growth of earnings potential and a variety of investment options — so it’s a great tool for building retirement savings. Yet, like all tools, your 401(k) must be used properly to get the best results. That’s why you should review your 401(k) at least annually and make whatever adjustments are needed.
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of financial risk involved when you drive a car. You could cause an accident or be the victim of an accident. You could veer off the road and hit a utility pole or strike a large animal. Or you could be hit by a driver who doesn’t have insurance.
The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a point last month, to 7.6 percent, the lowest it's been since November of 2008. But that's not necessarily because the economy is showing significant signs of improvement.
For a variety of reasons, many people, particularly those in the baby boom generation, are considering retiring later than they might have originally planned. If you’re in this group, you’ll want to take full advantage of those extra working years by contributing as much as you can to a retirement plan that can help you build resources, defer taxes and, ultimately, maximize income. And if you own a small business, you’ve got some attractive plans from which to choose.
Arizona motorists may soon have to obtain — and pay for — more insurance coverage.
Gov. Jan Brewer said today she wants Child Protective Services made into its own separate agency, headed by someone who reports directly to her.
Phoenix is at a crossroads. The last few years our city made significant “big decisions” securing financial security. We are now entering a period where “big ideas” need to take hold. Ideas that move our city ahead of our competitors in this new global economy.
Life is full of ups and downs — and the financial markets are no different. As an investor, you’re no doubt happy to see the “ups” — but the “downs” can seem like a real downer. Isn’t there any way to help smooth out the volatility in your investment portfolio?
Weeks of putting a good idea into an organized business plan have paid off for Mountain Pointe senior Sara Abrams, who was just awarded the Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Scholarship for 2014.
With baby boomers approaching retirement age in record numbers, and home values returning to a point where their owners are finally comfortable enough to sell, it’s easy to understand why builders are optimistic about the 55-plus housing market these days.