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Investing Basics

Understanding the basics of investing is important, especially during market volatility. It's important to understand your strategy and remember that investing is for the long run. Read more on understanding the basics of investing and why sticking to your plan is important.
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We could all use a little more balance, your retirement account is no different

As the markets change, the value of each security in your portfolio will increase or decrease at a different rate of return; changing the overall weightings of your investments. Periodic reviews of your investment portfolio help keep your retirement strategy on track.
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6 tips to work from home successfully during lock down

For many of us that are used to going into an office, working from home on a daily basis is not the norm. Read for tips on how to be successful working from home.
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5 Actions to help you navigate today and keep saving for your best life

Feeling anxious and unsure about the future? Take these 5 steps to help plan for your tomorrow.
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4 Ways to Prepare for a Longer Retirement

Americans are living longer these days. That's a positive thing in theory, but from a retirement-planning standpoint, it can be challenging. After all, there's a difference between needing your retirement savings to last 20 years versus 30 years or more.
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Navigating market volatility with dollar cost averaging

As you are well aware by now, the stock market has had some volatility these past weeks. While these shifts can increase anxiety, here at Voya we know a few things for sure. No one can predict what the market will do and when.
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5 Ways New Parents Can Go About Estate Planning

Busy parents have enough on their plates without adding estate planning, but with the joy of welcoming new family into the world, comes the responsibility to plan for the financial future of a family. Often, creating a will is probably the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about estate planning; there’s much more to building a stable financial future. One of the hardest parts of estate planning is knowing where to start. Luckily, we’re here to help.
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2020 IRS limits for traditional and Roth IRA's

It’s a new year with transformations to both Traditional IRAs and Roth IRA contribution, income and deductible limits, tax treatments and rules. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with these reforms and evaluate your retirement savings and tax strategies. This list is not exhaustive and the complexity for each is too much to cover here. It is for this reason, Voya recommends you consult a tax professional to discuss these changes to IRAs and its impact to your specific situation.
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Designate or update your beneficiar(ies) today

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than asking your loved one to be my bene this Valentine’s Day. Bene is Latin for good or well. Do something good for them. When you designate or update your financial beneficiary, the one who will receive your assets after you pass on, you are essentially giving the beneficial gift of well being and that is priceless.
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Estate planning you should be doing and when you need to be doing it

After finally getting around to updating my life insurance policy since my second daughter was born, and shaming my husband into getting more organized (thank you!), I realized it was time to take a look at my broader estate plan. “Estate plan” sounds so official. Yes, there’s the big, adult-sounding things like an advance directive, will and power of attorney, but it’s also the things we need to access every day, like updated passwords, lists of accounts we use most frequently and how to access them, important contacts and other necessary details and documents organized and shared with the right people.
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After-Tax Balance Rules for Retirement Accounts

The advantage of accumulating after-tax assets in a retirement account is that when they are distributed, the amounts will be tax- and penalty-free. However, this benefit is realized only if the necessary steps are taken.
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Retirement Account: Pros and Cons of Naming a Trust as a Beneficiary

Qualified retirement savings accounts are a great way to build a retirement nest egg. But what happens to the money in the account if the account holder passes away?
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What Is the Difference Between Hedging and Speculation?

Speculators and hedgers are different terms that describe traders and investors. Learn more about the differences here.
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Uncle Sam gave you a refund? Consider these smart money moves

Many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But before splurging on a dinner out or a weekend getaway, consider these steps to put your tax refund to work this year, setting yourself and your family up for long-term financial success.
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A guide to the softer side of estate planning

There are many other important parts of an estate plan that may be forgotten along the way. Here is the "softer side" of estate planning.
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Consider making your child’s future education costs a priority

Investing in your child's education now could help prepare you for those expenses later by saving in a 529 College Savings Plan.
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