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Now displaying: May, 2020
May 27, 2020

Recently there have been some sensational articles in the media suggesting life insurance companies are facing tough times with the financial crisis combined with COVID-19.

 

Special guest Attorney Andrew Rinn, also the Vice President of Advanced Markets at Ameritas, joins us to share an inside perspective on what’s really happening at mutual life insurance companies right now. It is fascinating to hear how life insurance companies (especially mutual companies with strong cash positions and a low debt ratio) are in a position to obtain nice deals in the current bond market.

 

Underwriting procedures and virtual research have also been upgraded to minimize paramedic requirements for new policies. Life insurance guarantees are always important - never more so than during these times. It’s good to hear how mutual insurance companies like Ameritas are putting their policy holders first - keeping guarantees strong and recognizing liquidity needs through policy loans.

 

Thank you for sharing, Mr. Rinn!

May 19, 2020

He straddled the bicycle for the first time, set his feet on the pedals and rode serenely away into the glowing sunset. Oh if only it was that easy! It isn’t of-course, because, like everything, there is a learning curve.

Is it possible to eliminate the learning curve on a bicycle by learning everything you can about it?

What if you learned the way the shifter worked, the way the derailleur, the chain the sprocket, the cassette, the front brake and the back brake worked. What if you looked up a video on bicycling 101 and even read an entire book on bicycling for dummies, would the learning curve be eliminated? No! Decreased? Yes, but eliminated? Emphatically no!

So how does all this relate to good money management? Listen to the episode now!

 

May 12, 2020

What are you really worth? Americans used to save over 14% of what they made, but now Americans are hardly saving at all. Many people don’t feel they are worth anything, and hence they don’t save anything. This is tragic!

How much should you save? Some say you should have enough saved to live on for 6 months, some say enough for 3 years. Both those options beat having just $500 like 50% of Americans, but are they right for you?

Also on this show: If guaranteed policy values are based on a 4% return, and I you are paying 5% interest on a policy loan, are you only paying a net 1%? As you may suspect, there is more to the actual results of this example than what appears on the surface.

Join Tom and John on Wealth Talks, as they discuss the answers to these questions.

Resources:

10-20-70 Budgeting System & Worksheet: https://www.life-benefits.com/10-20-70-budget-system/

Order Winning Your Financial GAME & Workbook: https://ao160.infusionsoft.com/app/manageCart/addProduct?productId=208

May 5, 2020

If you’re interested in investment opportunities, take the time now to begin preparing and learning everything you can about the process.

For example, if you think Real Estate investing and rental properties sound interesting, then learn about the state laws, the systems and templates that you would need to have in place for this type of investment/business venture. There are some great resources online for learning about state specific laws and getting actual templates that can help you in this type of venture. Checkout this example of a Month-to-Month Rental Agreement from iPropertyManagment.

Learn about the different expenses associated with the investments you think you may want to make. Calculators such as this Investment Property Calculator on AARP can help with this process and in evaluating real opportunities when they do come along.

Anyone can lose money investing, but starry-eyed novice investors tend to lose much more than people who have enough knowledge to avoid major mistakes. Get knowledge on your side.

And regardless of the investment opportunities you want to pursue, be sure you are building a strong foundation of guarantees and liquidity before investing, because investments are always going to carry risk. Life Benefits can help you build your foundation of financial guarantees through Life Insurance. Call us for assistance at 702-660-7000.

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