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Market Trends, News & Commentary

I realize I am not the only guy on this planet who reads the “news” as presented both in the newspapers and on the Internet. Even if I didn’t read the news, I’d get a good dose of what people are calling reality. That dose comes from the mix of clients our insurance agency serves. Lucky me…

Here are two sentences taken from two separate news stories:

“The coffers of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. have been so depleted by the epidemic of collapsing financial institutions that analysts warn it could sink into the red by the end of this year.” – AP

“Pending U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July to the highest level in more than two years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax credit that expires this fall.” – AP

Is it me or are these two sentences sending conflicting messages. If it is me, I apologize upfront. However, I don’t think it is me.

Failure Ahead

According to published reports, so far this year, 81 banks have failed. Last year only 25 went down the toilet while in 2007, if you’re counting, only three went south. These same sources project hundreds of more banks are expected to fall. The primary reason given is due to souring loans for commercial real estate.

Market Trends, News & Commentary

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I am keeping my insurance agent hat on today so I can talk about two different types of policies of which your average American should be aware. While insurance is as dull as dishwater to some, to me it is exciting because of the potential benefits that can happen for you and I, the end user.

I thought I’d talk life insurance out of the gate. Why life insurance out of gate you may ask. Because in case of death the bank pays you what you have saved, and the life insurance company pays you what you meant to save.

No matter how much money you accrue in real estate, stock market, or any other type of investing, life insurance is still the only product that offers tax free dollars. You can look that fact up in the IRS Code for verification. Truth is, trusts and other asset protecting documents generally use annuities or life insurance policies to keep the dollars safe from the taxman and other predators.