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Important federal tax deadlines to know

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Now that the end of the year is fast approaching, you may be wondering what you need to get for your 2020 taxes. Here is a filing breakdown in chronological order to help you get your calendar updated.

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Tips for revamping your budget before the New Year

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Life Insurance Saving Tips

As we look forward to the New Year, now is the time to work toward a fresh start. Here are six tips to help you strengthen your finances, budgeting, and more.

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Holiday gifts that help your kids learn about money

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Gifts that show children how to handle finances can be a great way to get them interested. Here are some ideas for presents that can help educate your kids about how money works.

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How to celebrate the holidays virtually

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Health & Wellness Home & Family

To celebrate the holidays during the ongoing pandemic, you can plan a virtual holiday party. Here are some suggestions on how you can make some fun memories while social distancing.

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What to know about permanent life insurance

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Life Insurance

There are many types of permanent life insurance, each with unique features that can be challenging to understand. In addition, there are several important questions you need to ask your agent to help you choose the best option. We’re sharing our insights about permanent life insurance to help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones.

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4 ways the pandemic has changed financial planning

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 | Reading Time: 6 minutes
Annuities Planning for Retirement

To learn more about the changing landscape, Midland National recently surveyed hundreds of individuals about how COVID-19 has impacted their finances. Nearly half of the respondents agreed that the pandemic has influenced the way they manage money and how they save for retirement.

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Maintaining your health and wellness as a caregiver

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Health & Wellness Home & Family

Those who spend a lot of time caring for others often forget to take care of themselves. But self-care is one of the most important things a caregiver can do. Staying healthy both physically and mentally means you will be better equipped to take care of someone else.

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How to prepare your finances at the end of 2020

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

The end of 2020 will be here soon, so it’s time to review your finances. From making sure you hit financial deadlines, to reviewing your portfolio, to reassessing your life insurance coverage, there are many items to include on your year-end checklist. Here’s what you should do before 2021 arrives.

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Financial planning steps for single parents

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Life Insurance

As a single parent, it’s easy to feel financially overwhelmed when you’re on your own. But with some planning and effort, you can handle the responsibility while raising your child. Here are seven financial tips to help you manage your money and build financial security.

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How to prepare for end-of-year costs

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips

The end of 2020 will be here soon, so it’s the perfect time to review your finances. It’s important to make sure you are setting yourself up to make healthy financial choices for next year and the future. Here are eight end-of-year financial planning moves that can pave the way for financial success in 2021.

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Ways to help keep financially focused during the pandemic

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Annuities Budgeting & Debt Management

Whether or not you’ve been affected by COVID-19, it’s important to have a focused plan for your finances. Today’s uncertainty could very well impact your life and your financial security. Here are some ways to help effectively manage your finances during the pandemic.

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How to improve basic financial literacy

Mon, 05 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Financial literacy means having the ability to understand the money issues you’ll face in your life, and being equipped with the skills to navigate your finances effectively. So, why is it important to be financially literate? Here are some important factors to consider.

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8 questions to ask when choosing a beneficiary

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Life Insurance

Deciding who gets your money when you pass away isn’t always just a matter of selecting a person. Your life insurance policy rules and state laws may affect or even restrict your choices. So, when deciding who your life insurance beneficiary should be, it’s important to ask yourself eight questions before choosing a beneficiary.

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Debunking myths about purchasing life insurance

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 | Reading Time: 7 minutes
Life Insurance

Let’s face it, what happens when you pass away just isn’t an easy topic to think about or even a topic you want to mull over often. On top of that, there are misconceptions about what life insurance offers, how to buy it, and what the policy rules are. However, if the idea of protecting your family and ensuring their future is something you value, why not take the time to find out the facts and make an informed decision?

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What's to l-o-v-e about life insurance?

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Life Insurance

American consumers’ top three financial concerns are health coverage, savings goals, and living expenses.1 What if we told you their fourth financial concern, life insurance, had the potential to solve for the first three? Let’s take a look at some reasons to LOVE life insurance and what it could do for you.

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Seven challenges women face in retirement planning

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Planning for Retirement

Now, more than ever, women are taking ownership of their finances, asking tough questions, and making the choices that are best for their situations. However, a large percentage of women also don’t feel confident about their retirement planning.

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Planning for unexpected retirement costs

Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Life in Retirement Planning for Retirement

Retirement should be a time for rest and relaxation. But retiring isn’t always that simple. There are some costs you might not expect. Here are some expenses you might want to look out for when you are planning for retirement.

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How to make a monthly budget

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Creating a budget and sticking to it is one important financial move you can make. A budget can help you spend less time wondering where your money went and you’ll be actively working to achieve your goals. In other words, a budget can help you take some control of your life. Here are six ways to help you start crafting your budget.

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Why you should volunteer in retirement

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Life in Retirement

Retirement is something a lot of people look forward to experiencing. Whether it’s traveling, starting a long-desired hobby, or spending more time with the grandkids, your retirement will likely be spent doing the things you never had the time for when you were still working. However, without a career to structure your days, you may find you have an abundance of time on your hands.

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Budget-friendly ways to cut food costs

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips

Are food prices straining your budget? It might be time to reevaluate your shopping strategies and eating habits. The cost of groceries can be a big household expense, but with a few changes, you could save a lot. Here are some tips:

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