Diving Deeper into IDR Plans
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Diving Deeper into Income-Driven Repayments Plans for Federal Student Loans
Are you bogged down with how to manage your student loans? Administrative forbearance will likely come to an end later this year; having a plan to manage your debt will be essential. Borrowers use IDRs when they have qualifying student loans and have a significant amount of debt compared to their income. In this video, I discuss:
The basics of IDR plans
How the monthly payments work under IDRs to free up your monthly cash flow
Which plans provide an interest subsidy, avoiding unnecessary additional interest if managed properly
Avoiding possibly costly mistakes related to interest capitalization
How each plan includes your spouse's income, and why it's essential to think through your tax filing status when managing student loan debt with an income-driven repayment plan.
This video is the fourth video of a multipart series focused on helping folks understand student loans and their options. The next video will provide details on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
This Month's Financial Planning Item -
Reviewing Your Property and Casualty Insurance Policies
Your property and casualty insurance policies are a vital part of your overall financial plan. It's important to review these policies each year to ensure that you have the coverage you need. If there are gaps, now is the time to implement changes to acquire proper coverage.
This month I encourage clients to review their auto, home, and personal property insurance policies. In this month's financial planning item, we focus on issues to consider when reviewing your policies, including:
Real Estate/Property Insurance
Did you recently buy or sell a primary residence or vacation property? It's important to review this insurance coverage, and perhaps your insurer, to ensure that the policies cover an adequate amount of the property's replacement value.
Have you made substantial improvements to your property, or has the property appreciated significantly in value? You need to be sure that their coverage keeps up with any increases in the property's value.
You should review your collision and comprehensive coverage. Depending upon the age of the vehicle and other factors, you may want to make some adjustments.
Are your children now of driving age? If so, you need to be sure that your children are covered as drivers and that your liability limits are adequate.
Personal Property and Umbrella Insurance
If you own personal property (i.e., antiques, collectibles, or coins) with a value that exceeds the ordinary policy limits, you may need to schedule these items to ensure coverage.
If you need additional liability coverage over and above what your homeowner's policy offers, you may need an umbrella policy.
Here is a comprehensive checklist of the types of issues you should consider when reviewing your property and casualty insurance policies. These policies play a crucial part in your overall financial planning and protect your family's assets from losses.
If you are a current Pursuit Planning and Investments client, securely upload any documents needing review to PreciseFP. We will discuss these items in our next scheduled check-in meeting. Or you may place an appointment on my calendar.
View this 19 point check list to help you organize your thoughts to optimize your property and casualty risk management plan.
Quote of the Week
"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." Francis Bacon
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