Making Safer Investment Decisions in 2009

January 21, 2009

It’s hard to say what 2009 will look like. While there are still several concerns (the housing market, rising unemployment, etc.), there will also be considerable government intervention to help improve the economy this year, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

So what should you do in 2009 to make your portfolio and overall financial picture better? Here are some general ideas to employ as markets and economies hopefully stabilize in the New Year:

Start with a plan (or review an old one): If you’ve worked with a financial planner in the past, now is a good time to review your plan to make sure you are still on track to meet your goals. If you haven’t worked with a financial planner before, or if you haven’t prepared a financial plan before, it might be time to meet with a Certified Financial Planner™ to create a plan. Much of the riskiest investing, overbuying and panic selling during the late 1990s and early 2000s could have been avoided if individual investors had sought advice for achieving long-term specific goals such as retirement or a college education.

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Keeping Your Money Safe

September 24, 2008

With everything going on in the financial world lately – the Treasury taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and IndyMac Bank, and the government bailout of AIG – it’s no surprise that investors are wondering if their money is safe.

Thankfully, there are safety measures in place for various types of accounts and investments.  Here is a rundown of the different safetynets in place for each type of account or investment you may have:

Banks:  Bank deposits are ensured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).  Basically, the FDIC insures deposits up to $100,000 per owner, per bank.  If you have $100,000 or less in your name at any FDIC-insured bank or savings association, you have nothing to fear.   Since the limit is per owner, that means you could actually have more coverage than you think (for example, if you and your spouse have a joint account with $300,000 at one bank, $200,000 is insured – $100,000 for each “owner”).

In addition, if you have certain types of retirement accounts, such as an individual retirement account, you’re eligible for even more coverage – up to $250,000 per owner, per bank.  However, the FDIC does not insure money invested in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies, annuities and municipal securities, even if you bought those investments at an FDIC insured bank.

If you want to make sure that your deposits are below the FDIC limits, please visit EDIE The Estimator.   EDIE the Estimator can calculate your FDIC insurance coverage for each FDIC-insured bank where you have deposit accounts.

Credit unions have similar coverage through the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

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Kiplinger Magazine/NAPFA – Kristine McKinley answered reader’s tax questions during the 2013 Jump Start Your Retirement Plan Days sponsored by Kiplinger magazine and the NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation.