The Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA Good Debt For most folks one of their primary goals is to be Debt Free.  With that said, there will be times when it is appropriate to borrow money. Good Debt is borrowing to purchase a home. If managed appropriately, … Read more

Why Everyone Needs a $1 Million Umbrella Policy (or More)

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA

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What Is an Umbrella Policy?

 

Personal umbrella insurance is the insurance that is designed to give you liability protection beyond the protection provided by your other insurance policies. While your existing homeowners and automobile policies will cover some liability, they come with caps that limit how much money they will cover for their stated purpose. Personal umbrella insurance is an excess liability policy. Think of this as a backstop.

 

 

How Does an Umbrella Insurance Policy Protect You?

 

In the event you are sued for liability in an auto accident and the judgment is declared against you for $500,000 but you only have $200,000 worth of liability coverage. The rest of the money would have to come out of your own pocket unless you had the umbrella coverage to fall back on. Without the additional umbrella insurance protection, you are susceptible to losing your assets to pay off the outstanding debts, including your home.

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Plan B

When we were down at the beach last summer, we pulled into a gas station to get some gas.  An old, blue, beat-up pickup truck pulled in next to us.  In the back of the truck was a small dinghy.  The name on the back of the boat was “Plan B.”  I wondered what the … Read more

7 Habits of Highly Effective People That Want to Retire

This article is original content written by Manchester, CT Financial Advisor Thomas Scanlon, CFP®, CPA

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1) Start Early

 

Do you want to increase your chances of retiring at a reasonable age? Start early. As The Rolling Stones said, “Time Is On My Side.” Well said.  Don’t kick yourself for not starting earlier. You can’t turn the clock back. Just begin where you are now.

 

2) Live Beneath Your Means

 

This goes without saying. Which is why it needs to be said. To get to your retirement, you’re going to need to have some assets and income.  Don’t fall into the trap of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Live beneath your means and get to the retirement finish line long before the Joneses.

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