Is Social Security Going Bankrupt?

Is Social Security Going Bankrupt?The number of people receiving Social Security benefits now exceeds the number of people paying in. If nothing is done, the trust fund will be depleted by 2035, at which point benefits will need to be cut. While changes are...

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Milestone Ages for Financial Planning

When it comes to financial planning, some birthdays are more significant than others. Do you have any key financial birthday’s coming up? Age 21 When the beneficiary comes of age (typically 21 in most states), the custodian is legally obligated to transfer the...

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The Hidden Cost of Homeownership

When considering buying a home, it's crucial to recognize the long-term financial cost. The average household could cost over $1.5 million over a 30-year period. These are the sunk costs, meaning they are non-recoverable. To establish a realistic budget, it is...

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Avoiding Estate Taxes in Illinois

Avoiding Estate Taxes in Illinois

Living in Illinois might lead you to believe that you won't be subject to estate tax because it's below the federal exemption of $13.61 million. But be aware that Illinois is one of the twelve states that has its own estate tax. If your estate exceeds $4 million, you...

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The Power of Compound Interest

The Power of Compound Interest

The majority of individuals come across the term 'interest' quite early in their lives, often in the context of bank savings or perhaps a loan. However, the concept of 'compound interest' is less understood, not to mention underappreciated. This financial phenomenon...

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