The pros and cons of a reverse mortgage

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Reverse mortgage pros and cons – are they right for your clients?
Seniors may want to tap their home equity through a reverse mortgage to create a steady income stream through a reverse mortgage, but they should weigh their options carefully because these products can have pros and cons, according to this article on CNBC. In general, they can be a good option when seniors have equity in their homes, not much cash in the bank and want to stay in their homes. However, they are not a cheap way to borrow money when compared to home loans so senior citizens with good credit and enough income to make monthly payments should look into cheaper alternatives, such as a home equity loan or a second mortgage, before considering reverse mortgages, according to the article. Seniors also will need to prove that they can cover property taxes, insurance and maintenance costs to get a reverse mortgage.

Mortgage interest tax deductions cost the federal government $68.2 billion in 2012, according to an expert.
A real estate sign is displayed on the front lawn of a house in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Toronto home prices climbed 5 percent in April, suggesting the Ontario government's foreign buyer tax and troubles at Home Capital Group Inc. haven't yet cooled the market. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Every retiree should make this tax move right now, according to a new warning from the IRS
As the new tax reform law has changed the way taxes are computed, the IRS warns retirees to review their tax withholding and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that they pay enough to cover their tax liability, according to this article from Money. Using the IRS' online withholding calculator is one simply way to determine their tax payments. “Make sure you don’t have a large balance due, because it’s possible you could be penalized for underpaying your estimated tax,” warns an expert.

The defining financial question of millennials: Do you want to live comfortably now, or in the future?
Millennials are facing the dilemma of whether they want to have a comfortable life now or in the golden years, according to this article on personal finance website Bankrate. With hefty student loan debt, rising healthcare costs and high cost of living, millennials may not be in a good position to start building their nest egg. Compared with other generational groups, millennials are doing better at saving, but they are not saving enough to secure their retirement.

Opinion: 5 ways to manage your long-term investments in a volatile stock market
Clients are advised to diversify their portfolios to protect their long-term investments from market volatility, writes an expert for MarketWatch. They should also rebalance their portfolio and pick investments based on their time frame. For example, they should opt for riskier options while they are still young and shift to safer investments as they approach retirement. Clients should also consider dollar-cost average and adjust their strategy as they approach retirement.

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