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Retirement accounts: Market volatility stressors

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‘Layin’ it on the line’

You’ve worked hard all your life, played by the rules, only to have most of your nest egg wiped out due to something you could NEVER have controlled.

For most pre-retires and retirees, the #1 concern is fear of running out of money in retirement! What options do we have as we wonder...

Why women need to be worried about retirement

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‘Layin’ it on the line’

“Despite their increasing influence, women remain largely ignored by the financial industry. It’s time for them to educate themselves, take control of their money, and insist on better treatment from their wealth advisors.” — Lawrence Castillo

Although women now control 2/3 of global household finances and 40% of all wealth, they remain much less confident than their male counterparts when making money decisions.

If you are a woman, especially single, widowed, or divorced, you will have to work harder to gain the same financial confidence as your male counterparts. This is especially true when you realize that “gender-neutral” solutions...

Has your advisor created a contingency plan for you?

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‘Layin’ it on the line’

“You spent a long time locating the perfect financial advisor. But, are you prepared for the day when that advisor can no longer assist you with your retirement portfolio?”— Lawrence Castillo

If your advisor died or was incapacitated, do you know who would step in to handle your account? Nearly everyone who has begun the task of crafting their ideal retirement has probably had this question in the back of their mind.

It is a necessary, albeit uncomfortable, conversation for you to have with your advisor. When you realize that 73% of all advisors and agents do not have succession plans in place, you can see that it’s a talk you must have with the...

Protect our children, support big futures

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As we reach the end of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, or as Utah and Montana are now calling it—Family Strengthening Month— we reflect on all the drastic world changes in modern times and how this tumultuous whirlwind is affecting the lives of our children.

Over the past two years young people’s lives have been dramatically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, namely in time largely spent at home in isolation and disconnected from schools, friends, family, and their community. Considering that New Mexico ranks next to last in the nation in child well being, the pandemic has exacerbated existing levels of anxiety, stress, and trauma already experienced by many children and...

AFT NM endorses governor, lieutenant governor

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ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Whitney Holland, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales released the following statements:

AFT New Mexico’s Executive Council has unanimously endorsed Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales for re-election to a second term.

“Four years ago, Gov. Lujan Grisham promised a significant change in direction for public education in New Mexico after eight years of the Martinez administration, and she has kept her promises to New Mexico’s educational professionals.

“The Lujan Grisham administration has...

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