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My wife turned to me and said, “I wouldn’t know what to do if you died.” I had just gotten off the phone with my father who was simultaneously mourning the sudden loss of his brother and trying to sort out his finances. Talk about a wakeup call. As a financial professional, I’d like to think that I’m ahead of the game regarding this sort of stuff, but her comment made me realize I could do better. I handle the family finances and as a result, had inadvertently left her in the dark as to what would happen in the worst sort of circumstances. Let’s examine a few simple things you can do to prepare your loved ones.

GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) on Oct. 27, 2021, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share payable Dec. 15, 2021, to shareholders of record on Dec. 2, 2021. This represents an increase of 3% over the cash dividend paid in the fourth quarter of 2020, as a result of the 3% stock dividend distributed on Sept. 4, 2021. The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) on Oct. 27, 2021.

GLENS FALLS — Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) is pleased to announce it was recently named to the prestigious Piper Sandler Sm-All Stars Class of 2021, a list of 35-top performing small-cap banks and thrifts in the country. 

Monday, 18 October 2021 13:34

Debt: It's Not a Four-Letter Word

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With so much recent focus on this country’s all-too-regular debt ceiling drama, I want to spend a moment to make a proclamation: debt is not a bad thing. The caveat (as I will tell my son with his Halloween candy) is some is good, but too much can be very bad. I will even take it a step further and say, when used correctly, debt can be a very powerful tool to maximize one’s wealth. It gets a bad rap from the media and famous financial authors because it is very easy to misuse, but let’s examine with a practical lens what exactly debt represents and how it can help or hurt.

As the weather cools and the leaves turn, many of us look forward to one thing: no, not pumpkin spice everything. Football. In the game, the teams with the strongest fundamentals typically put themselves in the best spot to win. According to legendary coach Vince Lombardi, “some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.” We can easily pivot to personal finance to discuss what represents the blocking and tackling in that arena.

It’s almost that magical time of year again, when seemingly every second or third commercial on television is for Medicare health insurance. That time of year when retired football players and B-list actors take to the airwaves to beseech you to call a national 1-800 number to discuss important health and financial decisions with someone you’ll never meet and never speak with again. Yes, the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period—with all its conflicting messages and confusion—is almost upon us.

GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation declared a 3% stock dividend on Aug. 25, which will be distributed on Sept. 24, 2021. 

The first image that often comes to mind when people think about long-term care is an elderly person sitting alone in a depressing nursing home. The misconceptions about what long-term care involves and peoples’ images of the most common care settings are understandable, since long-term care insurance originally started as nursing home insurance four decades ago. However, it has evolved into a much more flexible solution that allows you to receive care in a variety of settings.

Friday, 27 August 2021 14:05

Upside Risk

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In high school physics class, I learned that energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. Within investments, the same principle applies to risk. To start, risk is a tricky thing to define. The financial world has settled on a measure of volatility called standard deviation. Although imperfect for a variety of reasons, standard deviation gives a quantifiable measure of how bumpy the ride has been which is a reasonable approximation for how it will be moving forward. Unfortunately, volatility is usually equated with losses. What about the opportunity cost of missed gains?

Dental care is one of the most difficult aspects of being on Medicare. Original Medicare does not cover dental services and most supplemental plans do not either. In fact, two-thirds of all people on Medicare do not have dental coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In terms of cost, Medicare recipients who used dental services spent $874 on average in 2018, and one-fifth spent more than $1,000, according to the foundation.

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