SquareOne Financial Foundations

The Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

Understanding Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI) Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is an insurance policy that specifically covers expenses related to long-term care services for individuals who face difficulties in carrying out routine activities due to aging, illness, or injury. Unlike health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, LTCI caters to services such as in-home assistance, full-time care, and […]

The Basics of Disability Insurance: Part 3

How Much Is Needed? There are a few steps you can take to understand how much disability coverage is needed for your given situation. While not exhaustive, this list can be a helpful starting point:  Assess your income: Start by calculating your current monthly or annual income. Consider all sources of income, including salaries, wages, […]

The Basics of Disability Insurance: Part 1

Disability insurance is a vital component of financial planning and risk management, but it’s often misunderstood and overlooked. While Social Security disability benefits provide a form of disability insurance, it’s essential to understand that there are many types of personally owned disability insurance available.  Consider this: the Social Security Administration estimates that one in four […]

The Basics of Life Insurance: Part 2

How Much do I Need? Determining the right amount of life insurance coverage can be a daunting task, as there are varying opinions on how much coverage is needed. Some professionals suggest 8x your annual income, while others recommend 12x, or even 20x. The maximum coverage life insurance companies usually offer is around 25x your […]

The Basics of Life Insurance: Part 1

Life insurance is an important piece of financial planning basics, particularly for those who are working towards financial security and independence. Whether you are not quite sure what life insurance is, or you are just curious and want to learn more, the topics below may help you better understand life insurance and how it can […]

Continuing Education and Student Aid

Whether you’re the parent of a high-school student who is beginning their college application process or considering going back to school as an adult, the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first, and one of the most important steps in the process of continuing your education. With the FAFSA deadline for the 2021-2022 […]

How Credit Scores Are Calculated and Why It Matters

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Did you know your credit score can be thought of as your credit “report card?” The most recent Square One Financial Foundations blog discussed the In’s and Out’s of Credit and the importance of establishing and maintaining a good credit history, but how do you know if you’re making the grade? Credit scores are calculated […]

The In’s and Out’s of Credit

In recent SquareOne Financial Foundations blogs, we reviewed topics focused on saving for emergencies and retirement, but now let’s shift gears and dig into one of the most critical yet most misunderstood components of your financial life—credit. What is credit anyway? Simply put, credit is one’s capacity to borrow money or gain access to goods […]

Saving for Retirement Without a 401(k)

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Our last SquareOne blog covered retirement savings for individuals with defined contribution retirement plans through their employer – the 401(k) with the Employer Match. However, suppose you are one of the 36% of private industry workers whose employer does not offer a defined contribution plan. In that case, you may be looking for options on […]

Make the Most of your 401(k) with the Employer Match

In our previous SquareOne blog, we discussed the power of the time value of money. Now that we understand the benefits of compound interest, we want to look at ways to kickstart your retirement savings goals. Approximately 64% of all private industry workers have access to a defined contribution retirement plan, such as a 401(k) […]