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Seven Financial Strategies Your Business Should Implement This Year

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It's not too late to start working on these key business goals. Whether you’re new to business or a seasoned entrepreneur, setting goals for you and your business at the start of the year can give your team direction and a sense of purpose that they can use to motivate them throughout the year. Improving customer engagement, increasing sales or fine-tuning operational systems are all worthwhile goals to set, and will likely have a positive impact on your company; however, there are several other financially focused goals that could have a similar impact. According to the experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective, implementing one or more of the following seven goals can help ensure your business is functioning at its best and ready for any hurdles it may face. No matter whether you set these goals at the start of the new year or a few months down the line, your business can benefit from better financial preparedness.

Six Key Factors to Consider When Shopping for Long-Term Care Insurance

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Decisions regarding your long-term health should always be considered carefully. Navigating all of life’s curveballs can be one of the hardest parts of responsible life planning. No one can predict exactly what life will throw at them or where exactly they’ll be five, 10 or 20 years down the road. Thankfully, products like insurance can help cautious individuals plan for life ahead, giving them peace of mind even if the worst-case scenario never actually occurs.  One such insurance is long-term care insurance, which can help cover the costs of long-term care that may not be covered by your health insurance. Whether it’s due to aging or the result of a debilitating illness or disability, individuals who require regular care for the long term — or expect that they may in the future — may benefit from purchasing a long-term care insurance policy. However, not all policies are created equal, and careful consideration should be given to a number of factors before making a decision. To help, the financial leaders of Kiplinger Advisor Collective discuss those factors below, as well as how you can find the best policy for you and your needs.

Seven Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Goal Age to Collect Social Security

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There’s more to this decision than simply when you want to retire. An important player in your overall retirement plan, Social Security can help fund your living expenses when you’re no longer able to work or are working reduced hours. However, as the payments you receive while drawing from Social Security only replace a partial percentage of the income you received while working, Social Security benefits should be considered supplemental rather than your only source of income. And while you can apply for your benefits at any time between the ages of 62 and 70, there may be reasons why you would want to delay receiving your benefits until a later date. So when should you plan to start collecting these benefits? While the answer can vary based on each individual person’s situation, the financial experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective recommend considering these factors first before determining your goal age to begin collecting Social Security.

Struggling to Understand Your Employee Benefits Package? Six Ways to Make Sense of It

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Taking a few key steps can help you both better understand and utilize your employee benefits. Employee benefits can be a big draw for job seekers looking for companies that will care for their employees well beyond their paychecks. Whether it’s a good employer match on your 401(k) contributions, employer-covered healthcare or unlimited paid time off, different employees find value in different benefits, but a well-rounded benefits package — often paired with a competitive salary — can help companies attract the best talent in their respective fields. But despite the initial draw of quality benefits, many of these benefits go unused or are improperly utilized. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, an employee’s benefits make up nearly a third of their total compensation — meaning employees could be missing out on a significant portion of their total pay.  To ensure you’re taking full advantage of your employee benefits, it’s important to first ensure you have a clear grasp on what they entail. Below, the financial experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective suggest practical steps anyone can take to not only understand their benefits package but also make the most of what their company offers.

Should Graduates Spend or Save Their Gift Money? 14 Strategies to Consider

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While graduating from school is a major milestone in your life, it's not the last big step you'll take in the months ahead. Preparing yourself for your future can take any number of pathways depending on your specific goals. But whether you'll be buying a new car, saving up for a home or delving into the stock market, there are a few key financial steps you can take that will help you achieve success. As noted leaders in the financial space, the members of Kiplinger Advisor Collective recommend taking one or more of the following actions with any money you may have received as a graduation gift. Doing so will help you start adulthood—and your financial future—off on the right foot.

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