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The new reality of retirement

In the past, individuals entering retirement could reasonably rely on a number of potential sources for the steady income needed to maintain a decent standard of living in the golden years. Today, the landscape has changed drastically.

What to tell your children about credit cards

When children go away to college these days, they often carry two “essentials” that weren’t available to prior generations: personal computers and credit cards. According to Nellie Mae, the national student-loan financing corporation, 83 percent of undergraduate students have at least one credit card, and the average balance owed is $2,327.

The financial stages of life

Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I had six days to chop down a tree, I’d spend five of them sharpening my ax.” What Lincoln meant by that remark is that sometimes, planning for an event can take longer than the event itself. This is particularly true when it comes to planning for a secure financial future.

Is a defined benefit retirement plan right for you?

Like defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans are a tax-deductible (and tax-deferred) way to save for retirement. But unlike their defined contribution counterparts, which limit the total amount of contributions that can be made to no more than $46,000, defined benefit plans can allow you to contribute significantly more.

The four seasons of financial planning

As the summer comes to an end and we head into the fall, a parallel can be drawn between the seasons of weather and the seasons of money. Approaching your finances with these four seasons in mind can help to keep you on track toward reaching your long-term financial goals.