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Money Lessons: Debit Cards for Kids

Money Lessons: Debit Cards for Kids

Explaining money and how it works forms the basis for teaching your kids financial literacy. An easy way to do this is by discussing your money decisions with your children – how you earn money, how you spend it and, of course, how you make your savings choices as well. Basically, what you’re doing is modeling the behavior you’d like your children to learn.
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Legacy Planning Is a Journey, Too

Legacy Planning Is a Journey, Too

It’s certainly well known and by now is probably bordering on the cliché: “Life is a journey, not a destination. “ But over usage hasn’t changed the basic meaning of the phrase. While there are a number of nuanced interpretations, basically life’s journey is simply how life – and the person living the life — progresses from one situation to another, filled with circumstances, positive and negative, effortless and challenging, successful and unfortunate.
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Transforming the Life Insurance Experience

Transforming the Life Insurance Experience

Innovation and advances in digital technology are happening all around us. And while much of the innovation in the life insurance industry thus far has taken place on the back-end, i.e., improved processing and information gathering, the front end of life insurance still looks very much the same as it always has. Unfortunately, the consumer market has dramatically changed. We are now looking at Millennials being the largest population group, finally surpassing Baby Boomers in 2016 according to a Pew Research Center Study. Why is this critical for the life insurance industry?
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Money and Marriage

Money and Marriage

Why do so many couples have trouble talking about money? In a survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 68 percent of the people responding held negative views toward having a discussion about money with a fiancé. Five percent of them even felt that it might lead to cancelling the wedding.
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Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Raising Money-Savvy Kids

The issue of teaching children financial responsibility has become so important that a few states are now requiring students at public schools to take a personal finance class before they graduate.   These classes are designed as an adjunct to – not a replacement for – sensible money management habits learned at home. And while the curriculum typically covers a number of important financial topics, such as budgeting, credit cards, loans, etc., it doesn’t cover personal family values and lifestyles.
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