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What You Should Know About Life Insurance

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.  What is the value of life insurance?  Life insurance provides financial security to your loved ones after you are gone and also provides peace of mind to you.  In another way, by putting life insurance in place, you ensure that your family won't experience economic hardship along with emotional distress.  Life insurance policy is part of every family's sound financial plan because of the peace of mind it provides.  As a financial advisor, I have seen how life insurance is used for various purposes.  For example, a level-term life insurance policy helped the four children of a divorced woman continue their college education when she died of cancer.  A permanent life insurance helped a family to pay for estate taxes without selling the stock portfolio during severe market downturns. 

The decision to buy life insurance is one of the most critical decisions we make, which is why the decision as to which type of life insurance policy to buy can be just as critical. You can’t really try on a life insurance policy, so the one you choose needs to fit you like a glove from the outset. The challenge for most people is the sheer number of different kinds of life insurance products from which to choose. The choice is made easier when you have a clear understanding of your own needs, priorities, preferences, and outlook on the future. Working with an experienced life insurance professional, you should be able to narrow down your choices.

Understanding Investment Risk

All investors – be they conservative, moderate or aggressive – need to understand that the level of returns they expect to generate is directly related to the amount of risk they are willing to assume – the higher the return, the higher the amount of risk one needs to take. It probably doesn’t dawn on most people that, regardless of where you put your money, you assume some element of risk. For instance, if you focus solely on keeping your money safe from the possibility of loss, you risk not accumulating enough money to meet your goal. In this case, trying to avoid “market risk” increases your exposure to other types of risk, such as “inflation risk” or “longevity risk.”

Essentially, you need risk in order to generate the level of returns you will need to achieve financial independence. However, risks can be managed far more effectively than investment performance. You can’t predict the direction of the financial markets, or which mutual fund will outperform the others; however, you can mitigate risk and even have it work for you through proper asset allocation and portfolio diversification. By including a mix of assets and securities that act as counterweights to one another, a risk aware portfolio can capture returns wherever they might occur while reducing overall portfolio volatility.

Echo Wealth Management is hiring an Associate Wealth Manager

Echo Wealth Management – Associate Wealth Manager

About Echo Wealth Management

Echo Wealth Management is an independent, focused wealth management firm located in Plymouth, Minnesota that takes the complexity out of wealth management.  We offer integrated, comprehensive strategies that address every facet of our clients’ financial lives.  We do this by building the highest levels of trust, integrity and respect while always collaborating using a team approach.  Our clients range from corporate executives planning a secure retirement, to families looking to preserve their assets for future generations, to businesses seeking expert investment advice. 

Echo Wealth Management was formed in February 2015 as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and is looking for an Associate Wealth Manager to join a growing firm and support the founder of this firm who has over 20 years of experience.  As a new firm, this position will be very involved in the long-term success of the firm, learning all aspects of the wealth management business with a focus on client service, financial planning, and business operations.  This position offers tremendous future growth and opportunity.  The Associate Wealth Manager position does not have business development requirements.

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