If you have a long term care insurance policy, you know the premiums are expensive and you want assurance that the policy will pay in the terms you envision should you ever need it. Unfortunately, one simple oversight can jeopardize the integrity of your policy: missing a premium payment. Just one missed payment runs the risk of your long term care policy lapsing. Here we discuss easy to establish but essential back up measures to put in place now to protect your policy.Read More
Stocks have staged quite a recovery since their depths in late March. In fact, the upside was so swift that a bull market recovery started within one week’s time. While stocks have had ups and downs since late March, they’ve generally been moving higher, which is somewhat surprising with so much of the world in lockdown, businesses closed and unemployment soaring. We take a look at why stocks are staging a bull market in a bear market environment.Read More
When it comes to estate planning, it’s easy to opt for the fastest, simplest and cheapest path forward. Sometimes that includes using transfer on death (TOD) or payable on death (POD) account registrations to avoid probate and other expenses. However, there are some major pitfalls to this account registration strategy. We review the pros and cons of transfer on death accounts.Read More
Teaching your kids the fundamentals of investing can seem like a daunting project during times of economic stability. Factor in the extreme market volatility we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and even the basic tenet of “buy low, sell high” becomes complicated to explain. Our sister site, SageVest Kids, offers an age-appropriate guide to help children understand the principles of the market and how to make sound investment strategies now and in the future.Read More
If you are what Social Security considers a “higher-income beneficiary,” you pay more for Medicare Part B, the health insurance portion of Medicare, and Part D, prescription drug coverage. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the most recent Federal tax return provided by the IRS to make this determination, but that might reflect your income from two years prior. If you have experienced a life-changing event that has caused an income decrease, you can request that Social Security revisit its decision.
It’s hard to find much good news during the coronavirus, but refinancing your mortgage during COVID-19 could help you save money long-term. Interest rates have plummeted, taking mortgage rates along with them. As a result, it might be advantageous to compare your existing mortgage to current rates to determine if refinancing your mortgage would be a smart financial move. We discuss the main points you should consider, during all times, as well as during COVID-19.Read More
SageVest Wealth Management’s latest quarterly commentary is now available. Highlights include:
- The coronavirus sieged the world in the first quarter of 2020.
- The longest bull market in history entered bear market territory in a matter of weeks.
- More than 80% of Americans are staying home, with numerous other countries following strict stay-at-home orders, all of which are sending shockwaves throughout the economy.
The coronavirus has dramatically disrupted our economy and society in a matter of a few short weeks. While it’s hard to find something positive in all of the tragic headlines, we think it’s important to recognize that public and private sectors have put forth a massive level of support in a very short time. More assistance is likely on the way, but here’s what you need to know now if you’re affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), whether you’re an employee, an employer or retired.Read More
Business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, and millions of businesses, big and small, are being impacted by the coronavirus. If you’re a business owner facing financial challenges, we offer the following suggestions and resources that you should be aware of.Read More
Millions of people around the world are being affected by the coronavirus, medically, financially, and emotionally. For anyone in a strong and stable life situation, this is an opportune time to evaluate how you can help others. While the list of philanthropic options is endless, we offer a few suggestions to consider.