This week, we’re continuing our thoughts on communication and how recent events have changed – for better or worse – how we communicate with each other.
As we start to wrap up 2020 (thank goodness!) and get ready for 2021, we’re bringing you a two-part series on communication. We hope you enjoy it.
In the coming weeks, depending on what state you live in and who your governor is, you may or may not be making plans to gather with family during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you’re staying home or heading to see loved ones for a little Christmas cheer, this is a perfect time to review the beneficiaries named on your accounts. (You know, in case of any bad thanksgiving turkey…) It’s also never a bad idea to think about and review any changes in your life that might trigger the need to update your legal documents, life insurance coverage or retirement accounts.
My, it’s been a busy 10 days! One for the record books, I’d say, but we have a winner – or do we? Regardless, someone will be sworn in come January. I think.
To say 2020 has been a record year of people saying “I can’t believe that just happened!” would be an understatement. I think we can all agree on that! But the feeling I get from conversations these days that there’s a lot of uncertainty out there. With my OCD personality, when things get uncertain, I tend to hunker down and focus on what I can control.
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the recent stock splits from Apple and Tesla, and since then, a number of you have asked why there’s no Apple stock in our Envestnet accounts. We all use Apple products on a daily basis, right? Whether an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or even an old iPod, it’s hard to escape Apple. So, why don’t we own a company we all use on a daily basis?
As we wrap our series on employee benefits, we’ve discussed that many of you have group life insurance and perhaps an additional term policy outside of work. For you, we talked about the possibility that we could save you some money if you’re over 50 and healthy. I’m sure a few of you reading this may be thinking, “Okay, I’ve done that, and there’s nothing more I need to do. I’m set. When I retire I won’t need life insurance because I’ll have saved up enough money.”
When it comes to your employee benefits, the major one of course is some type of work-sponsored retirement plan, and by now all of you know (I hope!) that you need to contribute at minimum what it takes to earn the full company match. That is literally free money you’re being given. Don’t turn it down.
Labor Day typically cues up the start of the fall work season at the Family Financial Partners office, as we review the performance of financial plans and portfolios for our client families. In addition, this is the time when we review employee benefits with our client families, as many of you are receiving your renewal packets. If you’re self-employed and think this newsletter isn’t for you, simply skip down to where you see “self-employed” in bold.
Well, that was a heck of a Derby! I have to say, never before can I recall a 10-day period where I got to watch pro soccer, pro baseball, the NBA playoffs, the start of college football, the Kentucky Derby and tonight, the start of NFL football!
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