VIDEO | Why Do You Think 1 Million Dollars Is A Lot Of Money?

Published on Sep 28, 2012 When it comes to life insurance, most people use some magical rule of thumb like buying 2 to 3 times their salary. (Full Story Here –http://bit.ly/Sm5l0J) Even worse, since insurance is not most enjoyable financial planning topic, they come up with the notion that they will just pick up $250,000 or $500,000 and their partner will be alright if something should happen to them. I’m here to tell you that when it comes to life insurance, $1,000,000 just isn’t a lot of money.   ...

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How Much Does Your Community Benefit From You Spending $100

I recently came across a staggering article around what is deemed today as Marketplace Fairness.    The 2012 International Council Of Shopping Centers had a promotional infographic regarding the following question . . . How Much Does Your Community Benefit From You Spending $100?    What they found is that a local retailer was able to retain about $68 within your community.    If A National Retailer moved in they were able to retain $43 within your community.   However, the most silent killer of all was the online retailer who retained $0 within your community.    In fact, the article went on to demonstrate that for every $1 million dollars of sales, a local retailer was able to create 4 jobs whereas an online retailer was only able to create 1 additional job.  It’s likely that one job isn’t in your community. Sometimes a bargain isn’t always what it seems.    Since online merchants aren’t currently required to charge sales tax, local retailers can be ...

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Life Insurance: Why Do You Think 1 Million Dollars Is A Lot Of Money?

I’m excited to take part in the life insurance movement with Good Financial Cents.  Having been a practitioner involved with life insurance over the past 21 years, I have unfortunately had to deliver my fair share of insurance checks.   When I met people who have lost a loved one and now have to build them a financial plan, never once did I hear them say, “Boy, I’m so angry my life insurance agent sold me too much insurance!”    Rather, I hear horror stories from widows who cannot understand why their husband didn’t take out more life insurance.   Or, they assured their spouse that they would be ‘well taken care of’ if anything happened to them.   This is the story for many families across America. In the last six months, I’ve seen both friends and family who are in the 40 to 45 year old range dealing with major medical issues.   I’m 42 and when people told me about 10 years ...

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Estate Tax To Return In 2011

All I hear these days from concerned citizens is that the Government is doing nothing.  Well, if we continue down this path that nothing is going to be something in the world of estate taxes.    If no legislation is passed around the estate tax this year, the likelihood is that it will revert to the original 1 million dollar level with a 55% top estate tax percentage. Ten years ago, 1 million dollars was a lot more uncommon than it is today.  With real estate prices being higher in many parts of the country than a decade ago, it only takes some bank accounts, 401(k)’s, real estate, and some personal furnishings to get an estate above a 1 million dollars.   If you had forgotten, life insurance death benefit value that you own is also includible in your estate as well.  It may pass income tax free to your heirs, but the death benefit is added in to your overall estate ...

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Tax advice or Investment advice- Which will be more important?

It doesn’t take a financial expert to recognize The United States Government cannot keep spending money at the current rate.  I don’t care whether you are a Republican or Democrat, we have spent ourselves into a problem and it’s time to pay the piper.  The question becomes with tax increases a foregone conclusion, which will be more important to you over the next 25 years, how well manage your assets or how well you manage your taxes. For those of you reading this that think taxes surely can’t impact me that much, consider the following – if you double a dollar per day for 20 years you will have a little over 1 million dollars.  Take the same dollar and apply a 28% tax before you double it each time and you will be left with just over $50,000.  Ouch!  Consider the following tax increase next year alone! Capital Gains tax rates will be increasing 33% Tax on Dividend income ...

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