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Randy Eschels, CLU, ChFC, CFP®


Eschels Financial Group, Inc.

555 S Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 612

Birmingham, MI 48009


Phone:  248-644-1144


Fax:      248-644-7820 


Email: randy@eschelsfinancial.net

Website: www.efg-ida.com

May/June 2020

Saving for College

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)* and 529 plans** can be key to helping lower the cost barrier to college for many students.

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Summer Cooling Tips

The high heat of summer can affect your pocketbook in many ways. Consider these money-saving tips:

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Bigger Baskets

Buying shares of mutual funds* generally gives investors a way to own a piece of many securities, offering some diversification** most people could not afford if they were to buy the same securities individually. Two popular investments that aim to achieve this diversity at a reasonable price are index-based mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). While they have some similarities, there are some important differences.

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Tax Help after Disasters

When natural disasters disrupt our lives, the last thing we think about is our taxes. While you’ll still have to pay taxes and file tax forms, the IRS and many jurisdictions offer some assistance during these trying times.

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What Americans Spend on Vacation

The Bankrate Summer Vacation Survey 2019 asked Americans how much they expected to spend on their vacations, with the average coming in at almost $2,000. These numbers differed by region.

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How to Save Money on Your Summer Trip

Summer vacations can eat up a family's budget in a hurry, so planning ahead and saving for more expensive trips is a necessity for most people. You can, however, take a few days off in the summer and not bust your budget in the process. For example:

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Summer Spending Tips

With school out and vacations near, it’s easy to see how summer can blow a hole in the family budget. This summer, consider a few ways you can have fun near home and control your spending, too.

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Preparing for Retirement

The importance of saving for retirement can’t be overstated. How you spend your retirement income is important, but so is how you spend the rest of your life. Whether your retirement is near or years away, it is important to plan for this huge life change.

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Retirement Lessons From a Fairytale

How will you adjust your mutual funds* mix as you age? Consider the following fairy tale:

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Attract Top Talent

When you need to recruit the very best executives, offering a nonqualified deferred compensation package can help separate you from your competitors.

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Business Interruption Insurance

When fire, theft and other events cripple a company, it can suffer financial losses severe enough to put it out of business. But business owners can soften this potential financial blow by carrying <i>business interuption insurance</i>, which often comes as part of business owner policy coverage. Heres' what you need to know about this important protection.

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Annuities for Longer Life

Fewer Americans can count on a guaranteed retirement income these days other than social security benefits, which are little more than a safety net. A fixed annuity* can help offer this certainty, but some financial consumers don’t want to tie up all of their retirement money in one place. For these people, converting a portion of 401(k) plan or IRA balances to a fixed annuity may make more sense. There are a couple of ways to do this.

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Do You Have These Documents

Life insurance is about taking care of those you leave behind, but it’s not the only way to take care of the ones you love. Three legal documents – a will, powers of attorney and an advance directive – are essential elements in an overall strategy to protect the ones you love, providing a measure of certainty when you can’t. An estate planning attorney can help you create and update these legal documents.

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