Stan Murray

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  1. Retirement Living

    What are the pros/cons of naming a trust as the beneficiary of a retirement account?

    This has been the topic of an ongoing debate in the financial community between estate planning attorneys and financial advisors. ...
  2. Life Insurance

    How to Avoid Taxation on Life Insurance Proceeds

    Decrease the value of your taxable estate and prevent the tax man from getting you one last time.
  3. Retirement

    What is the 'three-legged stool'?

    The "three-legged stool" was a retirement terminology from the past that many financial planners used to describe the three ...
  4. Retirement

    Top Tax Tips for Retirees

    Filing your taxes during retirement can be just as time consuming as when you were employed. We have some tips to help you ...
  5. Taxes

    Avoid Capital Gains Tax on Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  6. Life Insurance

    Life Insurance: putting a Price on Peace of Mind

    Would your death leave loved ones financially stranded? Find out how to ease your mind and keep them protected.
  7. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Understanding Your Mortgage

    We walk through the steps needed to secure the best loan to finance the purchase of your home.
  8. Insurance

    Should I be Worried About My Insurance Company?

    Policyholders should also take a serious look at the financial stability of their current insurance company especially if ...
  9. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How do I know if I should refinance my mortgage?

    If you can reduce your current interest rate by 0.75-1% or higher then it might make sense to consider a refinancing move. ...
  10. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  11. Estate Planning

    Estate Planning: 16 Things to Do Before You Die

    The must-do list Prince and his advisors should have completed to avoid leaving his family without a will and an estate plan.
  12. Why is accidental life insurance so inexpensive?

    Accidental life insurance is an inexpensive way of obtaining life insurance coverage for yourself or someone else in your ...
  13. What advantages do exchange-traded funds have over mutual funds?

    Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are growing ever more popular, as they were created to combine the best characteristics of both ...
  14. What is a tax-free 1035 Exchange?

    A Section 1035 Exchange refers to the replacement of an annuity or life insurance policy for a new one without incurring ...
  15. How are life insurance proceeds taxed?

    Generally, life insurance death benefits that are paid out to a beneficiary in lump sum are not included as income to the ...
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