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Exchange-Traded Funds: Do They Belong in Your Portfolio? -by John Jastremski

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular since they were introduced in the United States in the mid-1990s. Their tax efficiencies and relatively low investing costs have attracted investors who like the idea of combining the diversification of mutual funds … Continue reading

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Municipal Bond Basics – by John Jastremski

Municipal Bonds and Their Tax Advantages State and local governments often borrow money to supplement tax revenues and to finance projects such as new highways, buildings, or public works improvements. Such bonds are known as municipal bonds (“munis”) or tax-exempt … Continue reading

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Common Annuity Riders -by John Jastremski

An annuity is a contract between you (the purchaser or owner) and the issuer (an insurance company). In its simplest form, you pay money to the annuity issuer, the issuer invests the money for you, and then the issuer pays … Continue reading

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Indexed Annuities -by John Jastremski

An indexed annuity (IA) is a contract between you and an insurance company. You pay premiums in a lump sum or periodically, and the issuer promises* to pay you some amount in the future. The IA issuer also provides a … Continue reading

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Comparing Bond Yields -by John Jastremski

Coupon Rates and Current Yield If you’re considering investing in a bond, one of the factors you need to understand is its yield. But it’s important to know exactly what type of yield you’re looking at. What exactly is “yield?” … Continue reading

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Growth vs. Value: What’s the Difference? -by John Jastremski

With the wide variety of stocks in the market, figuring out which ones you want to invest in can be a challenging task. Many investors feel it’s useful to have a system for finding stocks that might be worth buying, … Continue reading

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Retirement Plan Considerations at Different Stages of Life -by John Jastremeski

Throughout your career, retirement planning will likely be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan. Whether you have just graduated and taken your first job, are starting a family, are enjoying your peak earning years, or … Continue reading

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Paying the Bills: Potential Sources of Retirement Income -by John Jastremski

Planning your retirement income is like putting together a puzzle with many different pieces. One of the first steps in the process is to identify all potential income sources and estimate how much you can expect each one to provide. … Continue reading

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The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood -by John Jastremski

Children are special. There’s nothing like them. They can be our sweetest blessing, as well as our biggest frustration. Most of all, however, they are our greatest responsibility, as well as our most important–and expensive–commitment. Whether you are a first-time … Continue reading

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Deciding When to Retire: When Timing Becomes Critical -by John Jastremski

Deciding when to retire may not be one decision but a series of decisions and calculations. For example, you’ll need to estimate not only your anticipated expenses, but also what sources of retirement income you’ll have and how long you’ll … Continue reading

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