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From saving for your child's education, to options on life and long term care insurance, we're here to help you plan for your futureand your family's.

 

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Professional Advice for Your Individual Situation

An important part of your financial future is evaluating return on your savings and investments while assessing your tolerance for risk. One of the best ways to help you reach your investment goals is to make sure you have a financial plan. Our CFS* Financial Advisors will make sure you are aware of the options available to you to help determine the investments that are suitable for your situation.

By learning about how different types of investments work, you can make informed decisions on the investments that best fit into your financial goals. Effective long term planning and proper asset allocation is a key to financial performance over the long-term.

Our CFS Advisors will help you answer these key questions:

• What is your investment goal and timeline?
• Do you need income now, or are you looking to build your wealth?
• What is your tolerance for risk?

What is right for one individual may not be right for another. That’s why it’s important to lay out an investment strategy that works with your personal financial goals.

The practical and objective advice provided by your CFS Financial Advisor will help guide you in selecting suitable options for your unique situation. An annual review will help ensure that your strategy matches your changing lifestyle, and can help you adapt to changing market conditions. We’re focused on helping you satisfy your financial needs and achieve your financial goals, and we work toward that end, always keeping in mind your unique situation.

Saving for Your Child’s Education

You want your kids to go to college. They're not the only ones with homework to do.

With tuition costs rising faster than inflation, the challenge of funding a child's education can be daunting. The wide variety of funding options available can further complicate your task. Student loans, financial aid, tax credits, and several tax-advantaged savings plans, including IRAs, are all possibilities. 

It's important to fully understand each of your available options in order to develop a comprehensive plan. Starting this process as early as possible and staying on course will be the key to your financial success.

Our CFS Financial Advisors focus on three main areas when helping you to develop a savings plan for your child:

• Determining your savings needs
• Assessing your budget
• Determining the right mix of funding options

Your CFS Financial Advisor will help you manage your plan by periodically reviewing your portfolio and recommending adjustments to reflect major life changes, market conditions, and the economy.

Life and Long-Term Care Insurance

Life Insurance

The main purpose of life insurance is to provide financial security for your family. Life insurance helps ensure that, when you die your family will have the financial resources it needs to provide for your spouse, children, an elderly parent or some other dependent. Life insurance also may be used to meet a variety of long-term financial planning goals. It can help provide educational funds for your children or funds for your own retirement.

So How Much is Enough?

There are no hard and fast rules for determining how much life insurance is enough, because no two families have exactly the same needs. The bottom line is, if you provide financial support for people who depend on you, you probably need life insurance.

The Importance of Life Insurance Policy Review

As part of your life insurance review, some additional components can be critical to your plan and to keeping pace with changing lives.

  • Beneficiary designations—those who will receive proceeds-- may need updating.
  • Health may have improved since the policy was purchased, creating an opportunity for lower cost insurance.
  • Premiums on term insurance can increase upon renewal, prompting a move to consider a permanent, fixed premium policy.
  • Loans or withdrawals may affect your policy performance

Take the time today, to help ensure your family’s financial security. Talk to your CFS Financial Advisor and get help in finding the right products to fit your specific needs and budget.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) is insurance that will pay for your care in a nursing home, assisted living center, or in your own home in the event that extended health care is needed in your lifetime.

With the national average cost for nursing home care running about $81,030 a year, your assets can be depleted extremely quickly if you require this kind of care. LTCI can help protect you and your loved ones from dealing with this stress. It will help ensure that you get the care you need in the way you prefer while keeping assets available for a surviving spouse who may need the income, or to pass down to the next generation.

Many people believe that Medicare or their health insurance will pay for their Long-Term Care costs, but typically there is limited or no coverage for Long-Term Care under these policies. Medicaid will only cover you for Long-Term Care once you are impoverished and have spent most or all of your assets on your care. Medicaid also requires, in most states, that you receive care in a nursing home if you rely on them for payment. If you have LTCI, you get to decide where you would like to receive your care.

Long-Term Care as Part of Your Financial Strategy

Purchasing Long-Term Care Insurance can be expensive and confusing. We focus on helping you understand this coverage so you buy only the features you want and need. This may help those on a budget be able to afford coverage they might not think they can obtain.

To make an appointment or just ask a question, contact your CFS Financial Advisor today!

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Source for life insurance: www.lifehappens.org

Source for average nursing home care costs: https://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2012/studies/mmi-2012-market-survey-long-term-care-costs.pdf

*Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. ("CFS"), a registered broker-dealer (Member FINRA/SIPC) and SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Products offered through CFS: are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of the credit union, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Investment Representatives are registered through CFS. UMassFive College Federal Credit Union has contracted with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members.