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NEXT TO PLANNING for retirement, mapping out a strategy for financing college education expenses is the most frequent goal for Identity Guard program
members seeking the service of Ameriprise Financial. An Ameriprise financial advisor has the knowledge and tools to goes national
help in the three crucial areas of education planning:
■ Financial aid. When calculating need, most colleges and all
federal aid programs expect more than 33 percent of any assets
owned by your child to be dedicated to paying college costs, while
less than 6 percent of your own assets are viewed as available for
payment. An advisor may suggest keeping education and other
investments in your name.
COSTCO'S CREDIT REPORTS & Monitoring service, provided by Identity
Guard®, will soon roll out a nationwide program. Brochures will be
available in all warehouse locations starting in August.
Regularly monitoring your credit files can reveal changes associated with identity theft. Through this program, you can get a three-in-one credit report with side-by-side credit histories and credit scores
from the three major credit bureaus.
■ Taxes. An advisor can propose tax-advantaged savings plans
to get the most out of the current laws (some of which are expected
to expire in 2010), and help you adjust your plan over time.
■ Control. Custodial gift funds can be a double-edged sword.
Planning with an advisor helps determine the kind of control you
want to exercise over this important form of savings.
Daily monitoring by Identity Guard
yields prompt alerts to certain changes so
you can react quickly. Studies show that
fast discovery of the misuse of personal
information reduces the likelihood of loss.
How much is peace of mind worth?
Costco members can take advantage of a complimentary,
no-obligation initial consultation with an Ameriprise financial advisor
and, for doing so, will receive a $25 Costco Cash card. Executive
ALSO: Members who purchase a financial plan will receive $200 off the cost of
an initial written financial plan, and PHOTODISC
Costco Gold Star and Business mem-
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visit costco.com and click on “Services,” then on “Financial Planning.” with QuickBooks
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See the June 2006 article about retirement
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Gold Star members pay $9.49 per
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All services are provided by third parties, may not be available in all areas and are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply. See “Services” at costco.com for applicable terms and conditions.