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January 24th, 2013

Simple Yet Confusing Financial Terms

(George Sterling) - There are many financial terms within the finance industry and in order to understand how the industry works, it is important to at least have knowledge about basic financial terms. Here are some very basic financial terms explained which can cause confusion some times: Capital Management The term is actually an account strategy which has [...]

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December 27th, 2010

An Introduction to Mutual Funds

(Money Manager) - Mutual funds have become a very popular investment over the past twenty years. On the average, about half of the households in the United States currently invest in them. Mutual funds used to be a somewhat obscure type of financial investment.

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October 25th, 2010

The Defined-Benefit Plan

(Money Manager) - Defined-benefit plans have a long history, dating back to when retirement benefits were promised to those who served in the Revolutionary War. As the number of industries and companies increased, so did the popularity of these plans. Defined-benefit plans tend to provide the security of greater retirement benefits, especially for those who live many years past their retirement date.

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June 1st, 2010

What is the Teacher Retirement System?

(Money Manager) - Teacher retirement systems are offered by individual states, for the purpose of offering pension and retirement benefits to teachers and other qualifying education system employees. These systems can vary widely from state to state in the way they are funded and how the contributions are made. There are also differences in how the percentage of the teacher's final salary is calculated according to the plan and how a teacher qualifies for the pension. There are also differences in the portability of the pension benefits.

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May 15th, 2010

What is a Thrift Savings Plan?

(Money Manager) - A thrift savings plan, commonly referred to as a "TSP," is a retirement plan that was created as a result of the Federal Employees Retirement System Act of 1986. This plan was designed to provide for the retirement needs of those who worked for the federal civil service. The thrift savings plan was designed to provide these federal employees with the same kind of retirement savings plan that private sector employees have as a result of a 401(k) plan. Contributing to the thrift savings plan is accomplished in a similar fashion as with other retirement planning accounts, with a set amount being automatically deducted from the employee's paycheck while they are employed. There are a variety of funds within the thrift savings plan that a person can choose from when planning their retirement investments.

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April 16th, 2010

What is a SARSEP?

(Money Manager) - A SARSEP was an employer-sponsored retirement plan limited to state and local governments. Private businesses could not establish SARSEP, and SARSEPs can no longer be established. 1997 was the final year SARSEPs were able to be established.

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March 12th, 2010

What is a SIMPLE IRA?

(Money Manager) - What is a SIMPLE IRA? A SIMPLE IRA is an employer-sponsored retirement plan. It stands for "Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees".

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September 1st, 2009

What Is A TIC?

(Rick Willoughby) - This was a very common statement in 2001, and still is in many parts of the country. Is this just a fringe real estate investment? Well not anymore! Total raised in 2001 was a paltry $166 million. Then a few years with growth of about 80% annually finds us with a 2007 forecast of $4.5 billion for the industry *.

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September 15th, 2008

Financial Designations

(Money Manager) - You have probably seen financial advisors list an alphabet soup of abbreviations after their names, such as "John Smith, CPA, CIA". Okay, CPA you may have heard of, but does the second abbreviation mean John is a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency? Well, no. There is actually a financial designation known as the Certified Internal Auditor, or CIA, so don't think John will regale you with stories of his past experience as a spy. The abbreviations indicate that John has achieved a certain level of education and passed examinations in the areas of accounting and internal audit.

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September 5th, 2008

Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (FCA)

(Money Manager) - This fellowship is offered by the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. The candidate must be working either as an actuarial consultant, a government actuary, and Enrolled Actuary, an insurance actuary, or a teacher of actuarial sciences.

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