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Money Matter$

Insights from the Sommers Financial Management Team

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What should I do with my Universal Life Insurance policy?

We encourage our clients to provide us copies of their life insurance policy statements for analysis. During the financial planning process, we perform a life insurance needs analysis, and determine if the client has too little coverage, too much coverage, or just the right amount of life insurance coverage – or if they need life insurance at all.

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How Much Should I Save Each Month?

How much should I save is a question we are often asked by people who are still working, yet dreaming of a comfortable retirement. Each person has their own unique goals, priorities, and income potential, and there is no consensus about how much Americans should aim to save and invest from their paychecks. However, research has been conducted and published by many groups.

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Focus On You—Not 'The Market’

While we are socially isolating, my suggestion to you is to turn off the news, and focus on how you can improve your relationships with people and things important to you. I’ll also suggest considering your relationship with money. We all know money matters, but why? Why is it important to you?

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Annuity-Like Safety with ETF Efficiency

The allure of variable annuities (VAs) capture many unsuspecting adults. With a VA, you get to participate in some of the upside of the investment markets with no downside; the insurance company ‘insures’ against losses. The problem with VAs are the complexity and costs. The typical VA costs 3% annually, and has steep “surrender charges” (15% is not uncommon!). What if you could have much of the upside of the S&P 500, with downside protection, no surrender charges, and daily liquidity—all for 0.8% per year?

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