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Check out the latest insurance happenings, information about our workshops and important news that might impact your health insurance, retirement or investments. And once in a while, we may throw in some Fun Facts from The Staff and office antics! So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Monday, November 1, 2021

I am extremely honored to make this announcement. Please read the accompanying press release to learn more about Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor GroupSM and the training I completed to better assist our clients with informed...

 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Are you confused about the costs of hiring a financial advisor? This article in U.S.News and World Report has some good answers and provides an explanation on how we structure our fees at Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services....

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A recent Forbes article features explanation about the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), where I am quoted as saying, "ERISA requires the managers of the plan to be held to a higher standard when managing the...

 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

In January I was interviewed on ways to make smarter financial decisions this year by keeping track of certain dates and deadlines. As seen in U.S. News & World Report: Read the entire article here or download the reprint April 22 If...

 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Mary Alice Hughes has some financial New Year's Resolutions advice, as seen in GoBankingRates. She touts reviewing and updating your budget each month. “Some expenses, like your mortgage or cell phone bill, are basically the same...

 

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

IA&LMA co-owner, Lisa Bamburg, was recently featured in U.S.News & World Report, "Prepare for a First Financial Advisor Meeting." "Make sure the advisor has experience helping people in situations similar to yours, Bamburg says." Read...

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

No group of people enjoy being together more than our staff! But as much as we love our gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel our annual Christmas dinner with staff & spouses. Our health, and the health of our family members,...

 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Recently, I was quoted in Planadviser: “We’ve had a surge of teachers wanting to talk about retirement since COVID,” Bamburg said in an interview with PLANSPONSOR. “It’s normal for some teachers to retire...

 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Authority Magazine recently ran a series called “5 Things You Need To Succeed In the Modern World Of Finance.” In the series, we interviewed C-Suite executives and principals at finance or financial services companies who...

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

ARTRS has sent letters to members stating that an agency email account was accessed by an unauthorized individual. ARTRS hired an independent computer forensic investigating service to determine the extent of the unauthorized activity....

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Dear Clients and Friends: What a difference a virus makes, right?!!! It seems like everything is different. For example, we submitted our spring newsletter to the printer weeks ago and as we write this, it still hasn’t been...

 

Monday, April 6, 2020

When Mary Alice was in college and pursuing her degree in education, PET was the big thing. Fast forward 30 years and she can’t for the life of her tell you anything about PET except “Monitor & Adjust”! And although...

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Recently seen in The Penny Hoarder, Lisa Bamburg gives her thoughts on budgeting in retirement. "As people approach retirement, they should work with a retirement professional to determine their expected retirement income,” said...

 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Mary Alice Hughes sits down with KATV's Janelle Lilley to talk about money moves that you can implement now and start off your 2020 on great financial footing! Click to see the video segment as seen on Saturday Daybreak December 21,...

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Power of the Teacher We recently attended a college graduation at The University of West Florida. You know how it is…you’re excited to see your family member or friend graduate but you dread the entire...

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

We were sorry to read this week that Mr. George Hopkins will resign as ATRS Executive Director at the end of this year. One of our owners, Mary Alice Hughes, has worked with active and retired school employees since January, 1995. She...

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Every fall, our staff fields questions about Medicare Open Enrollment. As we prepare to help our clients review their 2019 Medicare plans and options, we are sharing some useful information to explain the Medicare enrollment process....

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Fall 2018 Newsletter featured an article written by Lisa Bamburg, co-owner of Insurance Advantage & LMA Financial Services.We are sharing it here: In March of 1995, I gave birth to my first child, Elise. One year and nine months...

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Insurance rates for school employees to remain the same in 2019 Recently, the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board voted to keep insurance rates for school employees the same in 2019. This is the second year in a row...

 

Friday, August 3, 2018

This week marks the beginning of a new school year for Arkansas public and private school employees and students. Most classroom teachers are wondering where the summer went, while most parents are trying hard to contain their...

 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Do you have a love-hate relationship with the beginning of the school year? Love the routine and schedule, but hate the early mornings, long days and not feeling like there is enough time to de-stress? There are huge benefits to easing...

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Lisa Bamburg is a founder and co-owner of Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services. She has a degree in finance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a Registered Investment Advisor and licensed insurance agent....

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Linda Valley is the office manager at Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services and has worked here for almost 10 years. Linda helps many of our clients understand all aspects of Medicare including Part A, Part B, Prescription...

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mary Alice Hughes is a founder and co-owner of Insurance Advantage and LMA Financial Services. A 1991 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, Mary Alice has been a licensed insurance producer since January 1995. Mary Alice is endorsed...