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    Love may stand the test of time, but do your finances?

    Friday, February 11th, 2011

    Valentine’s Day is great time to focus on the relationships in your life. We often spend this day showering our loved ones with gifts, loving words and delicious meals, but something we often overlook is the love one can express by simply planning for the future together.

    It’s not always about the most expensive or lavish gift you can find, because at the end of the day knowing that you and those you care about will be financially comfortable and protected in the future can truly be the greatest gift.

    Take time this month to sit down with your partner, spouse, or significant other to review your financial picture. Here are four helpful ways to get started this Valentine’s Day:

    1. Look more closely at what you are each spending your money on and if you have any sort of nest egg to fall back on in the future. Use this fact sheet to help you keep track of your spending.

    2. This is a great opportunity to become aware of your significant other’s employee-sponsored or other retirement plans and assets. Here are some retirement plan basics to keep in mind in this process.

    3. See what your insurance needs are for the time being and what they might become in the future. Use our “WISER Woman’s Guide to Insurance” to get you started.

    4. Most importantly, every love nest should have an organized file on hand with all of your important financial documents. Our FactSheet, “Financial Documents: What to Keep and Where,” will help your organization and preparation, which make for great gifts that will carry you well into the future.

    So do something different this Valentine’s Day and let your loved one know that your love runs deeper than diamonds and roses; It runs all the way into retirement. Now that’s a loving investment. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Find Out More: Viaticals Resource Guide

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    This week, we chatted with WISER Senior Policy Analyst Laurel Beedon about Viaticals. If you still have questions on viaticals or you’re just looking for more information, here’s WISER’s list of Viaticals resources:

    American Council on Life Insurance
    1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20004-2599

    National Association of Insurance Commissioners
    444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20001

    National Association of People with AIDS
    1413 K Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    National Viatical Association
    1200 G Street, N.W., Suite 760
    Washington, DC 20005

    For more information, you can also contact your state insurance commissioner or state attorney general. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has state-by-state contact information for insurance commissioners here.

    National Life Insurance Month: Are You Covered?

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Donnie Walhberg is spending some time away from his duties as frontman of the newly reunited New Kids on the Block to act as the spokesman for National Life Insurance Month. Wahlberg became aware of the importance of life insurance after he lost his sister, Debbie, when she was just 44. Debbie left behind a sixteen year old son and no life insurance. Wahlberg’s nephew was lucky to have a family that was able to provide him with emotional and financial support following his mother’s death. But many in a similar situation would face unwanted financial vulnerability at a time when economic stability is probably the last thing on their minds.

    “She was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her, but like so many people, she didn’t think about the ‘what ifs,'” Wahlberg says in an interview with Unfortunately, many women choose not to address the “what ifs” in their financial planning. According to Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education, only 59% of women have life insurance, compared to 64% of men. Women also tend to be under-insured when it comes to their life insurance: the Life and Health Insurance Marketing Research Association (LIMRA) says men carry an average death benefit of $143,100 while women carry an average death benefit of

    Each wage earning spouse should buy enough life insurance in their working years to cover all of the couple’s joint debts, like mortgages and student loans, plus 20 percent. The extra 20 percent is a precaution in case there isn’t an opportunity for employment or benefits to begin after a partner’s death. Often, people will work with a reputable insurance agent to find homeowner’s insurance, life insurance and long-term care insurance. Talk to several agents before choosing one, and ask friends and family members for recommendations. Your state Insurance Commissioner will also have resources and a list of companies to contact. Check out the possibility of reduced rates for umbrella policies—such as policies that cover your home and car both.

    Want to find out more about how to keep yourself covered? Check out WISER’s Special Report: The WISER Woman’s Guide to Insurance. For more information on National Life Insurance Month, visit the LIFE website.

    Additional Resources: “All women– especially mothers–need to have life insurance” by Susan Elliot, Denver Business Journal, “Donnie Wahlberg, industry to promote September as Life Insurance Awareness Month” from


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