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Your retirement should be your second childhood without parental supervision.

You should enjoy yourself -- go play, travel, have fun! Stay out late!

To do that you must have a solid financial plan that you have confidence in. Have you ever seen change like we are experiencing now? Have you ever seen deficits like we are running? Markets so volatile? The future so insecure?

If you are concerned about your financial security, please sign up for Ken's next seminar. It's designed for those of you who are at the average retirement age, which is over the age of 50.  You will also get to enjoy some of the now World Famous Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

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August 26th, 2015 - The market was up over 600 points today so you may be asking “are we out of the woods? Is it time to buy again? Was our sell premature?”

The answer is “no” based on historical data. We all know that the past does not guarantee the future but here are the statistics going back 30 years to 1985:

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Money Matters is pleased to announce that Ken Moraif has been named by Barron’s for the fourth year in a row as one of the top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in the nation. Moraif has jumped ahead significantly this year and is recognized as the 18th advisor in the rankings; he was listed as 31st in 2014, 40th in 2013 and 91st in 2012. The ranking showcases the nation’s top advisors based on assets under management and revenue growth, as well as the quality of the practice.

Money Matters specializes in helping people that are retired or retiring soon protect their principal with an exit strategy so they can avoid any major market losses that they may not have time to recover from. “We believe your retirement should be your second childhood without parental supervision, a time to enjoy and not worry about how you are going to get by,” says Moraif.

“I, and the entire team at Money Matters, place great value on the fundamentals of high quality service that always puts our clients’ interests ahead of our own. We believe being included on the Barron’s list for the fourth consecutive year is a strong affirmation of our commitment to helping our clients to reach their financial goals,” says Moraif.

Moraif and his firm serve clients from their offices in Dallas, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Oklahoma City, OK, Phoenix, AZ; and Orange County, CA. Radio listeners in those markets can hear Moraif each weekend on his program “Money Matters with Ken Moraif.”

In addition to the Barron’s ranking, Money Matters has been honored with other prestigious awards, including Financial Planning’s “Top 50 Fastest Growing Fee-Only RIA Firms” list. Earlier this year, Moraif was also nominated as a “2015 Top Wealth Manager” from Forbes magazine, a ranking that spotlights exemplary advisors in different regions across the US.

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August 22nd, 2015

1) Is This The Beginning Of The End?
2) In The Next Market Crash, What Should Make $?
3) What Is The Safest Investment In The World?
4) Why Buying On The Way Down Is A Bad Idea
5) Estate Tip: How To Leave $ For A Grandchild's College Education
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What Is the Safest Investment in the World?

This may be the beginning of the end. If it is, and we have a global financial crisis, wouldn’t you like to find the safest place to invest your money?

During the financial crisis of 2008, the market was crashing, the economy was going badly, and bonds were losing. It was hard to find shelter anywhere—so we opted for the safety of money market funds.

I believe money market funds are the safest investments that exist today. When I mention this, some people say, “But how safe are money market funds really? Are they guaranteed?” The answer is no. Money market funds are not FDIC insured like banks, for example. But let’s look again at 2008. During the heat of that crisis, the FDIC increased their insurance limits from $100,000 to $250,000. Not long after that, the Federal Reserve decided to guarantee money market funds up to an unlimited amount. FDIC insurance was increased to $250,000 and money market funds were guaranteed up to an unlimited amount. Why? Because money market funds are the lifeblood of the economy. If they freeze, the economy will die. The Federal Reserve recognized that.

The Federal Reserve rescinded the money market guarantee about a year later. The crisis had passed and the Fed felt no need to keep the guarantee in place. So, no, money market funds are not guaranteed right now. But if the economy tanks and push comes to shove, I think the Federal Reserve will come to the rescue of money market funds, just like it did in 2008. That's why I believe they are the safest investments in the world.

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