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Should parents “go for broke” on youth sports?

Many parents encourage their kids to play organized sports because they believe the experience will be good for their physical and mental well-being. Athletic participation often provides an opportunity to instill discipline and develop social skills that could have a positive impact on their children’s futures. But kids play has morphed into big business. In …

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What should I know about investing in collectibles?

Collectible assets such as fine art, antiques, coins, and gems are one way to diversify your investment portfolio. But it can be difficult to predict if or when the money you invest will provide a return. Here are a few things you should know about collectibles before investing in them. Not all collectibles are valuable. …

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How can I teach my high school student the importance of financial literacy?

Even though your child is just in high school, he or she may still have to deal with certain financial challenges. Whether this involves saving for an important purchase like a car or learning how to use a credit card responsibly, it’s important for your high schooler to have a basic understanding of financial literacy …

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Life Insurance with Long-Term Care Benefits

If you are concerned about the high costs of long-term care but don’t want to purchase traditional long-term care (LTC) insurance, you might consider two strategies that combine permanent life insurance coverage with long-term care benefits. Keep in mind that any payouts for covered LTC expenses reduce (and are usually limited to) the life insurance …

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Mutual Funds: Wading into the Passive vs. Active Debate

It’s fairly difficult — even for professional investors — to consistently “beat the market.” This realization led to the creation of index mutual funds, which are passively managed investment vehicles designed to match the performance of a particular market index by owning the same securities included in the index. Today there are hundreds of indexes …

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