Has watching the morning news or reading the daily business journals become a source of anxiety to you? Unless you live in a media-free world, it is unlikely that the recent market volatility has escaped your attention. And if you’re among the millions of Americans who are saving for retirement, the steady decline in your account balances is very likely causing you a great deal of concern.
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As we all know, a wedding is a happy and joyous occasion that signifies the beginning of a couple’s new life together. At this special time, they rarely consider the possibility of disagreeing on anything. But the reality is, almost 50% of first marriages end in divorce in the U.S., and fighting over money is one of the most common reasons.
Probably the most common – and popular - of all retirement savings plans, the employer-sponsored 401(k) offers many benefits. But what happens if you change jobs? What happens if you’re downsized or temporarily laid off?
So your heading into retirement – along with your financial planning one of the most important retirement decisions you will make is where to live. I, of course, recommend Las Vegas, but I could be biased. However, I am not the only one who thinks this is a great place to live and retire.
During your lifetime, a remarkable change has taken place. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average life expectancy at birth for women in the United States increased from 74.7 years in 1970 to 80.4 years in 2005. Greater longevity is a blessing for most women but it also has created new planning challenges.
There is a good chance that you will be approached by someone soliciting a questionable money making scheme so, it’s best to equip yourself with knowledge of what “red flags” to look for in advance. Here are some tips to follow that will help you avoid falling victim to an investment scam.
Planning. It’s an important part of nearly everything we do in life. And if we’re smart, it will be a part of what we do before we die.
Last month the Supreme Court made a very significant decision – they ruled unanimously that an inherited IRA is not a “retirement account.” This means that inherited IRAs are now NOT protected in the case of bankruptcy under federal law. The unanimous decision could have far reaching ramifications depending on your specific circumstances.
Life insurance is, without question, one of the most unique financial tools ever developed. Life insurance lets you create an estate – a reservoir of funds – to help protect and sustain your family and/or business following your death.
Four commonly overlooked expenses in retirement that could take a bite out of your nest egg if not properly planned and prepared for in advance.