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ARE VARIABLE ANNUITIES RIGHT FOR YOU?

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To save the money you'll need for that comfortable retirement you've been working toward, your best move is to contribute as much as you can afford to your 401(k) and IRA. But what happens if you hit the contribution limits on these two plans? What other investments are there for you? One possibility is a variable annuity. However, before you purchase one, review the positives and the negatives 3⁄4 because they're both present.

 

Let's look at some of the key benefits of a variable...

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NEW TAX LAWS EXPAND YOUR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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You've probably seen a lot of headlines on the Tax Relief Act of 2003. This legislation, recently signed into law by President Bush, will affect virtually everyone in the country. As an individual investor, you've got reasons to cheer the new tax laws. Many people will find that their taxes will decrease 5 percent or more under the new tax laws.

 

Let's review some of the tax act's key areas and see what actions they might suggest:

Lower dividend taxes - If you've invested in dividend-paying...

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TOWERPARK BREAKS GROUND

Details photo by rls GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR TOWERpark expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2003.  Front row (l-r): Phil Laux-Chamber of Commerce, Rachel Romary, Mike Romary-MER Group (Developer), Curt Brown-President of Tower Bank, Mayor Graham Richard, Jeff Krivacs-VP Tower Bank and future Waynedale Branch Manager, Kevin Himmelhaver-CFO Tower Bank and Councilman Tom Hayhurst. Back row (l-r): Jeff Hile-MSKTD Architects, Mike Kinder-Kinder Construction, Wendell Bontrager, Darrell Blocker-VP Tower Bank, Michael Rice, Lee DeTurk and Lori Hoffman-from Tower Bank.

Michael Romary, president of MER Group, announced the groundbreaking on Tuesday, July 1st at 2:30pm for the new $2.75 million professional office and banking complex in Waynedale. It is named TOWERpark. MER Group is the developer for the project located at the intersection of Old Trail and Lower Huntington Roads. The complex will include a 10,000 square foot professional office building in addition to the Tower Bank. The Waynedale Tower Bank's 3,000 square foot branch will be the fifth...

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GET FINANCES STRAIGHT BEFORE SAYING “I DO’’ FOR SECOND TIME

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Matrimony is in the air, as June is the most popular month for weddings. But many of these newlyweds are not making their first trip down the aisle. And second marriages bring a host of financial issues that should be discussed well before vows are exchanged.

Furthermore, it's unfortunate but true that the divorce rate for second marriages - approximately 60 percent, according to the National Center for Health Statistics - is even higher than that for first marriages. Consequently, you'll need...

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TRUSTS CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE ESTATE PLANNING GOALS

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When you develop your estate plans, you might be surprised at all of the objectives you want to accomplish. Of course, you want to leave your assets to your family members in a way that's fair and beneficial to everyone. But while you're at it, can't you avoid the drawbacks of probate? And how can you make sure your wishes are carried out if you're incapacitated? And can't you support your favorite charity without shortchanging your heirs?

Clearly, these are major goals. And if you're going to...

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE PROPERLY DIVERSIFIED?

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If you're an investor, you've probably heard about the benefits of diversification. But how do you go about diversifying?

Many people think diversification is just a "numbers game.'' They think that the more stocks they own, the better diversified they will be. However, that's not always the case.

· Asset class - As we've seen, you can diversify your stocks in several different ways. But you may also want to diversify your portfolio beyond stocks by investing in a variety of financial assets...

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