Posts Tagged 529 Plans

Does Life Insurance for a Child Make Sense?

March 12th, 2018

It Does When You Use the Policy as a College Planning Tool.

For many people, the purchase of life insurance means that loved ones won’t have to worry about dipping into savings or other assets to pay for the insured’s funeral and other final expenses, and / or that debts will be paid and ongoing living expenses covered.

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Factors to Consider When Spending 529 Plan Funds

February 5th, 2018


For many parents (and grandparents) of future college-bound students, a 529 plan has been a key part of their overall college savings strategy. But, even though these financial vehicles can provide some tax-advantaged methods of saving for future education costs, they can also come with a long list of stipulations to abide by. And in many cases, this plethora of rules can make it much more difficult to know what is, and what isn’t, allowable in order for the plan to keep its tax favored status.

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Does Life Insurance Fail as a College Savings Vehicle?

January 22nd, 2018


In the overall realm of financial services, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who truly revels at the thought of talking about life insurance. One reason for this is because most people don’t want to dwell on what it would be like when they are gone.

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Life Insurance Versus the 529 College Savings Plan

January 15th, 2018


Which Will Provide the Best Outcome?

For many people, having a college degree can help to provide them with better job opportunities, which can also mean more choices. Unfortunately, getting that degree can come with a hefty price tag.

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How to Set Yourself Apart in Your Clients’ Minds

January 8th, 2018


Regardless of how long you have been involved in the insurance business, you are likely well aware that there are many, many other insurance and financial professionals who are offering the exact same products and services that you do.

So how is it, then, that some of these advisor’s struggle from one month to the next, while others seem to effortlessly earn top dollar?

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Is the Life Insurance Premium for College Savings a Tax Deductible Expense?

December 29th, 2017


For many people who are helping a child, a grandchild, or other loved one to save for their college expenses, using a 529 college savings plan may not be enough. For instance, there are a number of potential drawbacks to using this type of educational funding plan, such as:

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No Funding Limits on Tax-Advantaged College Savings?

December 26th, 2017


Yes, It Is Possible

As we move towards the end of another year, many investors are thinking about how they can make the most of their tax-advantaged savings accounts – and for anyone who is assisting children or grandchildren with funding their higher education in the future, this may include college funding plans. One of the most popular of these is the 529 college savings plan.

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Can Life Insurance Really Pay for a College Education?

December 4th, 2017


Many parents – regardless of whether their children are newborns, toddlers, grade schoolers, or even in their early high school years – worry about the consistently rising cost of college education. And this is a very viable fear.

According to Inside Higher Ed, one year at a public two-year college, for the 2017-2018 school year, averaged $3,570, while private non-profit four-year institutions averaged nearly $35,000 per year.1 So, over a four-year time period, many parents could be facing a price tag that rivals that of a home mortgage…or worse.

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A Safer Alternative for College Planning

December 1st, 2017


For years, most people have been led to believe that the money placed inside of qualified plans – such as those that are used for retirement and college savings – should be invested in volatile financial vehicles like stocks and growth mutual funds. One of the primary reasons for this is because these types of investments can oftentimes better meet or beat inflation due to their POTENTIAL for a higher return.

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Getting Around the College 529 Plan Spending Limits

November 3rd, 2017


For those who have hopes of a child or grandchild attending college in the future, a 529 college savings plan can be one way to set aside funds in a tax-advantaged manner now, while also using the money tax- and penalty-free for qualified expenses down the road.

But everyone knows that one of the few constants in life is change. So what happens to the money in a 529 college savings plan if the child / beneficiary decides not to pursue higher education in the future?

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