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The Truth About Financial Planning and Raising Children Later In Life

May 19, 2014 9:02:00 AM

In recent years, there has been a growing trend with Americans choosing to have children later in life. In fact, government data tells us there has been a slow, yet steady, increase in the number of women giving birth in their mid-to-late 40s. Furthermore, adoption agencies nationwide are reporting that individuals in their 50s and 60s are choosing private adoptions.

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The True Cost of College Funding: What Every Parent Should Know

Feb 24, 2014 4:31:00 PM

The increasing cost of higher education is enough to keep a parent up at night. A college degree is essential in most career paths, yet the cost of attending a four-year school today can be exorbitant. Now, imagine what it will cost in a few years when your little one is ready to crack their first college textbook.

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Caring for Your Aging Parent? Why Life Insurance Should be Part of Your Long Term Plan

Feb 13, 2014 9:15:00 AM

Discussing the need for life insurance can be difficult for parents and children – at any stage of life. However, it is imperative to do so. Many individuals are under the misguided impression that there is no longer a need for life insurance once a person has reached a certain age and no longer has dependants. This can be a mistake.

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Long Term Care - What Exactly Does it Cover?

Jan 27, 2014 8:22:00 AM

There has been plenty of talk recently about long term care (LTC) in the media. From the rising cost of LTC, to the growing need for coverage, it can be difficult to understand it all. That is precisely why we’re devoting today’s post to long term care insurance and what it means for you and your loved ones.

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Is Your Family Prepared for the Road Ahead?

Dec 10, 2013 7:55:00 AM

On a scale of 1 to 10, just how prepared would you say you are for your family’s financial future? With so many day-to-day pressures, it’s often difficult to look at the big picture. It is, however, extremely important to do so. It’s up to you to begin preparing for the expenses you will face later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average life expectancy in the US is 78.9 years. Based on that figure, Kaiser projects the average American will pay $293,000 in post retirement healthcare, outside that covered by Medicare. If you’re like most Americans, this number is jarring.

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3 Steps to Preparing Your College Student for the Road Ahead

Oct 14, 2013 11:39:00 AM

Preparing your children for college is a tall order. From stressing the importance of earning good grades, to living a healthy lifestyle, there’s so much to discuss. In today’s post we’re adding another lesson to the list, financial literacy. This is perhaps the single most important lesson you can instill as your child embarks on the ‘real world.’ By discussing, and continuing to discuss, finances with your child you can foster a healthy dialog from which you can both learn. Before your high school senior leaves for school next fall, or on your college student’s next break, be sure and take the following steps to help your child on the road to achieving financial literacy:

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Women and Finances: Why It's Important to be Informed

Sep 30, 2013 10:42:00 AM

In our modern society we celebrate empowered women and many of us pride ourselves on the strides we’ve made over the past century. The modern workforce is full of women of all ages and skill sets, yet studies show that many women are behind the curve when it comes to finances.

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Preparing Your Children for the Road Ahead

Sep 9, 2013 1:52:00 PM

As parents we have so many lessons that we want to instill in our children, from values to everyday life skills. But perhaps one of the most important lessons we can teach them is preparing for their financial future. After all, these are lessons that can pay great dividends. At IntelliQuote we encourage parents to begin discussing these topics with their children from a young age. Keeping an open dialog about the importance of financial responsibility is the best way to prepare your children to make wise financial decisions throughout their lives.

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