financial services

The term financial services emerged in the 1990s as a result of legislation that allows companies that manage money to operate in more types of businesses. (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act)

The result of this legislation has been more choices for consumers. On one hand, more choices can mean better products and prices. On the other hand, more choices can make it more complex to determine which products best suit your own situation.

As an independent agent, we thoroughly understand the financial products on the market today, and we represent numerous financial services companies offering a variety of product and price options.

Equally important, we listen. We take the time to understand your financial goals and help you put together a plan that works for you. As your life changes, we stay with you, helping you make adjustments so your plan stays relevant.

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  • health
  • life
  • long-term care
  • annuities
  • retirement

Disability insurance replaces lost income when a covered individual is unable to work because of an accident or illness. Depending on the circumstances, the coverage supplements health insurance, workers compensation insurance, auto insurance, or, in some cases, even Social Security benefits.

 

There are two types of disability policies: short-term and long-term. Short-term policies have a waiting period of 14 days or less, with a maximum benefit period that is usually no longer than two years. Long-term policies have a longer waiting period, sometimes as much as several months. However, the maximum benefit period is much longer as well.

 

The cost of disability insurance is based on age, sex, medical history, and occupation, as well as the amount of potential lost income you are trying to protect. In general, the less risk involved in an occupation, the lower the premium.

 

Many employers offer some type of disability insurance. However, since laws vary from state to state, and some companies offer more generous plans than others, it is important for workers to know the coverage their company provides. Many group plans do not cover bonus or incentive compensation. Many have a monthly cap, and benefits are often taxable if the employer pays the premium. Group long-term disability is a good start, but might not meet individual needs.

The current health insurance system offers many plans and options, for both individuals and employers. As an independent agent, we are here to help you compare health insurance options and put together a program that maximizes value for your business and your workers.

Many financial planners view life insurance as the cornerstone of sound financial planning. It is a tool that can play the following important roles:

  • Replace income for dependents
  • Pay final expenses
  • Create a legacy for your heirs
  • Make charitable contributions
  • Create a source of savings

There are two major types of life insurance—term and permanent.


Term life insurance is the simplest form of life insurance since it pays only if death occurs during the term of the policy. It is available in terms from 5 to 30 years.


Permanent life insurance includes several categories: traditional whole life, universal life, variable life, and variable universal life.


A traditional whole life policy can be designed so that both the death benefit and the premium stay the same throughout the life of the policy. It also develops a cash value and may pay dividends or interest which can be used to reduce the cost or increase the benefit.


A universal life policy offers more flexibility. Under certain circumstances, the policyholder can increase the death benefit during the term of the policy.


A variable life insurance policy includes a savings account that the policyholder can invest in a variety of financial instruments. Since the performance of the investments directly affects the policy's cash value and death benefit, there is more risk associated with this policy.


A variable universal life policy combines the features of the individual variable and universal life policies. Policyholders have the ability to adjust the premium and death benefit that is characteristic of universal life. They also have the investment risks associated with variable life policies.

Long-term care insurance helps offset the cost of assistance with the activities of daily life such as meal preparation, bathing, or dressing. The coverage is often thought of as care for the elderly, However, the insurance can be used by anyone who is impaired due to mental or physical illness, or injury. Nor is the care always long-term. Some people may need services for a few months or less.


Assistance with the activities of daily life can be provided in a nursing home, an adult day-care center, an assisted-living facility, or even at home.


As with disability insurance, long-term care insurance presents some difficult decisions – to buy or not to buy, if you decide to buy, when is the best time, and what features are likely to be most important.


When choosing a long-term care insurer, the stability of that carrier is critically important. As an independent agent, we  have relationships with carriers that are fully committed to this market.

Under the terms of an annuity, an individual agrees to make regular payments to an organization, usually a life insurance company. The funds are invested and provide an income stream back to the individual, usually during retirement years.

 

Earnings on annuity investments are not taxable until the money is withdrawn. There are no limits on the amount of money that can be placed in an annuity, and the minimum withdrawal requirements are more liberal than many other retirement instruments.

 

There are many different types of annuities. We understand them all, and we can help you determine if an annuity is a good fit with your retirement strategy.

As an independent financial resource advisor, we represent only those companies that exhibit financial stability and an enduring commitment to the markets they serve. It is our responsibility to understand your concerns, develop flexible solutions, and then offer the competitive products to satisfy your needs.


The concept of retirement planning used to be straightforward – accumulate sufficient assets to retire. However, the paradigm has been broadened to provide an income that cannot be outlived. We work with our clients to develop and maintain a plan which considers a variety of investment options, government regulations, tax implications, and personal risk tolerance. It is an ongoing and fluid process.


Our objective is not simply to sell you something, but rather, to develop a working relationship that maximizes your assets at retirement and also guarantees sufficient income for you (and/or your spouse) which will not be outlived.