Finance & Investing

Don't Overlook Financial Risks in Retirement

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

When you retire, you may well have accomplished some important financial goals, such as sending your children through college and paying off your mortgage. Yet, you can’t relax just yet, because your retirement could easily last two or three decades, which means you’ll need at least two or three decades’ worth of income — which, in turn, means you’ll need the proper savings and investment strategies in place.  And, just as importantly, you’ll also need to be aware of the types of risk that could threaten these strategies.

Explore New Opportunities during Open Enrollment

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

If you work for a medium-size or large organization, you may well be entering that time of year known as Open Enrollment.

While it may not be as dramatic as the “other” election that’s arriving in a few weeks, Open Enrollment will provide you with some choices that can have a big impact on your life.

Retiring During Economic Booms Could Cause Financial Hardships for Retirees

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— The recent economic downturn and volatile financial markets have drastically reduced the retirement accounts of many current and future retirees.


Raise Your "Awareness" of Benefits of Life Insurance

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

You may be unaware of it, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And when you consider the lifetime of benefits you and your family may receive from life insurance, you might agree that a month isn’t too long to spend on this important part of your overall financial picture.

Don't Fret over Changing Bond Prices

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

When you own stocks, you know their prices will always fluctuate. To help ease the effects of this volatility on your portfolio, you could add other types of investments, such as bonds. Yet bond prices will also rise and fall. But there may be — in fact, there should be — a big difference in how you view the ups and downs of stocks versus those of bonds.

Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Once again, Independence Day is here, bringing fireworks and barbeques. Of course, the 4th of July is more than hoopla — it’s a time to reflect on the many freedoms we enjoy in this country. Yet, for many people, one important type of freedom — financial freedom — is still elusive. So you may want to use this holiday as an occasion to think of those steps you can take to eventually declare your own Financial Independence Day.

Here are some moves that can help:

Consider These Financial Moves When You Relocate

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Almost everyone would agree:  Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans.

529 Plan Can Help with College Funding and Estate-planning Considerations

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Now that another school year is drawing to a close, your young children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college. Of course, as you’re probably aware, higher education doesn’t come cheap — and the costs seem to continuously climb. You can help your children — or even your grandchildren — meet these expenses by investing in a 529 plan. And this college savings vehicle offers estate-planning benefits.

This Mother's Day, Think of Lifetime Financial Moves to Help Kids

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

If you’re a mother, you’ll probably get some nice cards and flowers on Mother’s Day. But of course, your greatest gifts are your children themselves. And since you want to see them happy and financially secure, perhaps you can use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to consider ways to help your children at various stages of their lives.

Even with Low Rates, You Can Invest for Income

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Not long ago, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until late 2014. The Fed initially pushed rates to that level in 2008, in an effort to stimulate economic growth. Clearly, low interest rates have a wide-ranging impact — but what effect will they have on you, as an individual investor?

Put Time and Tax Advantaged Investments on Your Side

Submitted by Jim Stiles
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

If you’re relatively young, and you’ve been investing only a few years, you possess an asset that is invaluable and cannot be replaced: time. And the more time you spend contributing to tax-advantaged investments, the better off you may be.

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