David Lerner Associates: Money, Stress and Financial Planning
October is Financial Planning Month. Even though the economy is recovering, money is still the number one source of stress affecting the health and lifestyles of most Americans.
David Lerner Associates: Parents' Long Term Care
October is Long Term Care Planning month. Long-term care is described as home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves.
David Lerner Associates: 2016 Financial Planning Checklist
As we near the end of the year it makes sense to start planning for the New Year. Here is a Financial Planning checklist you can use to prepare for 2016.
David Lerner Associates: 4 Financial Planning Tips
The future of a person's family, as well as their own safety and security, may be at risk if the right steps are not taken to ensure financial stability.
David Lerner Associates: New Card Chip Technology Questions
This month the U.S. is instituting the new EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip technology in credit and debit cards to help stem the tide of fraud and identity theft that results from hacking and security breaches.
David Lerner Associates : Slowing Down in Retirement May Not Be an Option
If a recent survey of middle-class Americans is anything to go by, the age of 80 may very well be the new 65 when it comes to retirement.
David Lerner Associates : The College Debt Dilemma - Avoid Debt In the First Place
Many families depend on student loans in order to send their children to college. A better option for many students and families is to try to avoid student loan debt in the first place.
David Lerner Associates : Ready for Retirement?
In 2011 the first wave of baby boomers hit the traditional retirement age of 65. Over the next 19 years another 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day, according to the Pew Research Center
David Lerner Associates: Inheriting a Retirement Account
Inheriting a retirement account can feel like winning the lottery. That's the good news. The bad news is that not following the hard-and-fast rules governing inherited retirement accounts can result in much of that windfall going to the taxman.
David Lerner Associates: Should You Take A Lump Sum Pension Offer?
Recently, some large U.S. companies have offered to buy out the pension benefits of their workers and retirees by giving them one-time, lump-sum payments instead.
David Lerner Associaties: Are You Robbing Retirement to Pay for College?
Many families today are faced with two competing long-term financial goals: saving for retirement and saving for their children's college educations.
David Lerner Associates: Seven Myths About Rollovers Debunked
One decision you have to make when changing jobs is what to do with the money you’ve accumulated in your company retirement account (e.g., 401[k], 403[b] or 457 plan).
David Lerner Associates: National Financial Capability Study Reveals Shortcomings
In May, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation released its annual National Financial Capability Study.
David Lerner Associates: Watch Out for These Retirement Derailers
If you have ever seen a train derailment, even if it was just one in a movie that was created by special effects, you know how destructive it can be. The sponsor of a recent survey that was designed to gauge the retirement readiness of Americans used the term “retirement derailers” to describe the destructive effect that unexpected financial emergencies can have on Americans in the critical pre-retirement years.
David Lerner Associates: 6 Strategies to Help You Save a Million Bucks
To many Americans, the thought of saving $1 million dollars over the course of their lives is a little overwhelming. It seems like such a large sum of money — and it is — that people often shrug off the goal of saving this much for retirement as unattainable.
David Lerner Associates: Do You Have a Zombie 401(k)?
Zombies have become all the rage recently with the popularity of movies and TV shows like Zombieland and The Walking Dead. But there’s a sort of financial zombie that can cause very real harm to your retirement plan: the “zombie 401(k).”
David Lerner Associates: Many U.S. Seniors Facing Severe Income Shortages
A recent analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that seniors in every state except for two are living off of incomes that are lower than the level of retirement income that many financial planners often recommend.
David Lerner Associates: Legislation Rolls Back Student Loan Interest Rates
In late July, Congress passed legislation to roll back the increase in student loan interest rates that took effect earlier in the month. This legislation ties student loan interest rates to the financial markets, instead of allowing Congress to set these rates, as they have in the past. On August 9, 2013, President Obama signed the bill into law.
David Lerner Associates --How Safe Is Your Pension Plan?
Some financial and retirement experts are recommending that workers and retirees who are dependent on pension plans do some "what-if" scenario planning to gauge how well prepared they might be for a possible cut in their pension benefits.
David Lerner Associates: Defining Qualified Education Expenses
The term "qualified education expenses" is utilized frequently in education circles, but it can mean numerous things depending upon the context. Find out more using this table.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Resolutions in Your 30s
This is the time of year when many people make their New Year's resolutions. Take the time to also make a few financial resolutions
David Lerner Associates: Financial Resolutions in Your 50s
After a lifetime of diligently saving you're getting closer to the day when you hope to actually enter into and enjoy the retirement.
David Lerner Associates Financial Resolutions In Your 40s
The good news if you're in your 40s is that you may be entering your peak earning years - especially if both you and your spouse are working.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Resolutions in Your 60s
In order to retire at age 65 you will likely need to have accumulated a sizable retirement nest egg by the time you reach your early 60s.
David Lerner Associates: Review the Safety of your Pension Plan
In the wake of Detroit's bankruptcy filing some public and private sector workers and retirees in other cities are reviewing the security of their pensions.
5 Ways to Become an Olympic Retirement Saver
It took many years of hard work, dedication and training for Olympic athletes to reach the pinnacle of athletic achievement.In some ways saving for retirement is similar to training to compete in the Olympic Games
David Lerner Associates: Charitable Deduction
The charitable deduction allows you to take off the value of property you offer to charity from your property and might minimize any federal gift and estate tax that might be owed. Charitable gifting allows you to satisfy your personal philanthropic desires and satisfy your estate planning objectives.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security Decisions
As you near retirement when to claim your Social Security benefits is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make. With pensions disappearing Social Security remains the major source of guaranteed lifetime retirement income for most Americans.
David Lerner Associates: The difference between a power of attorney and a durable power of attorney
What are the differences between power of attorney and a durable power of attorney? Find out here.
David Lerner Associates News: Is a College Degree Still Worthwhile?
Many Americans are starting to question the value of a college degree. A recent study seems to indicate that a college degree is indeed worthwhile.
David Lerner Associates News: 5 Financial Goals Before You Reach 40
The 40s are generally considered to be the beginning of middle age. It's a critical stage for setting yourself up financially for the second half of your life
David Lerner Associates: Setting and Prioritizing Your Budget Goals
Without clear budget goals your financial life may remain in disarray. Your budget goals help you turn your financial wish list into an action strategy.
Are 529 Assets Subject to Medicaid Spend-down Requirements?
Unless future legislation exempts 529 plans from Medicaid rules it would be wiser to assume that these assets could be subject to the state's grasp.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security and Medicare
Many Americans now choose to continue working after age 65. Some do it for financial reasons and others because they just don't feel ready to retire.
David Lerner Associates: Gender Gap Extends to 401(k) Plans
Studies have indicated that a gender gap exists between men and women when it comes to overall financial literacy.
David Lerner Associates: How to Reduce Your Living Expenses During Retirement
Cutting down on your spending is one of the best ways to make your retirement savings last longer.
David Lerner Associates: Review Common Retirement Planning Mistakes
And about half of Americans say they are actively saving for retirement, with about one-third saying they haven't saved any money yet for their future retirement.
David Lerner Associates: Three Potential Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses
Many small business owners think that they can't afford to offer a retirement plan to their employees. However, this often isn't the case.
David Lerner Associates: Early 401(k) Withdrawals: A Troubling Trend
When people take money out of their 401(k) plan early, not only are they paying a heavy price in penalties and taxes, but they're also potentially jeopardizing their future retirement security.
David Lerner Associates: Women and Estate Planning Basics
When it concerns estate planning females have unique concerns. The fact is that women live approximately 4.8 years longer than men.
David Lerner Associates: Should You Pay Off Your Debt or Save for Your Retirement?
Like many people, you may be torn between paying off debt and the need to save for retirement. Both are vital.
David Lerner Associates: Are You Planning to Work During Retirement
As employees near retirement age, more and more plan to work at least some of the time during the course of their retirement years.
David Lerner Associates: Managing Periods of Crisis
Smart planning is the key to effectively handling periods of crisis. Whether you're planning ahead or dealing with a crisis now, take control. Here are some tips.
David Lerner Associates: Misconceptions and Realities about Social Security
There's no doubt about it, Social Security is an essential source of retirement income for most Americans. More than nine out of ten people age 65 and older obtain Social Security advantages.
David Lerner Associates: Determining net worth
The initial step in the financial planning procedure must be to determine your net worth. Once you figure out your net worth, you will begin mapping out your financial future.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security and Divorce
If you want to qualify for one half of your ex-spouse's Social Security benefits, there are certain requirements which must be met.
David Lerner Associates: Helping pay for your Grandchildren's education
Tuition payments made directly to a university aren't considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. But this is true only for tuition, not room and board, books, or fees. Find out more...
David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 3)
The last article in our 3 part series, focuses on the financial aspects of caring for aging parents.
David Lerner Associates: Important Documents You Need for Estate Planning
There are five estate planning documents you may need, despite your age, health, or wealth. Read more about those documents and important estate planning tips.
David Lerner Associates: A Retirement Income Roadmap For Women
It is essential to become involved in retirement planning even if you're married. Many women end up single at some time in their lives due to divorce or death of a spouse.
David Lerner Associates: Why Certain People Claim Social Security Benefits Early
There are many reasons people decide to claim Social Security retirement benefits at the earliest possible age of 62 according to a recent General Accounting Office report.
David Lerner Associates Hosts Save for Retirement Week Seminars
October 19- 25 is National Save for Retirement Week. The purpose of this week is to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement.
David Lerner Associates: The 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
The financial projections in this report indicate that even though the trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030 (four years beyond last year's projection), steps need to be taken to address Medicare's financial challenges.
David Lerner Associates: College Savings Plans: 529
Section 529 college savings plans are tax-advantaged college savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today.
David Lerner Associates: 2015 Social Security and Medicare Figures
The Social Security Administration has announced the new figures that beneficiaries will receive for 2015.
David Lerner Associates: How to Resolve Retirement Income Shortfalls
Without prudent planning and a commitment to saving now to make that happen, millions of older Americans find themselves with an income shortfall.
David Lerner Associates: Financially Speaking, Women and Men are Different
Women today have never been in a better position to achieve financial security for themselves and their families. What financial course will you chart?
David Lerner Associates: Managing Money and Marriage
Planning carefully and communicating clearly with your spouse are important, because the financial decisions that you make now can have a lasting impact on your future.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Considerations for Family Caregivers
Caring for your aging parents is not only an emotional burden it may also be a financial one. It will depend on how well off your parents are and how much caring for them costs.
David Lerner Associates: Retirement Planning Numbers for 2015
Every year the IRS adjusts retirement plans and IRA limits for inflation. Many of the limits eligible for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) have gone up for 2015. Some of the key numbers for 2015 are shown here.
David Lerner Associates: The Rising Cost of College
Each year the College Board releases its Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, a report that shows college expenses and trends in financial aid. The report shows costs are rising in 2014/2015.
David Lerner Associates: Distribution Funds - Putting Revenue on Autopilot
As baby boomers retire, they begin to focus less on accumulating assets and more on how those assets may be converted into an ongoing stream of income. Distribution funds are one way to simplify that method.
David Lerner Associates: Just How Much Yearly Revenue Can Your Retirement Portfolio Provide?
Prolonging your savings may call for attention to tax issues. For example, how will higher withdrawal rates affect your tax bracket? And does your withdrawal rate take into account whether you will owe taxes on that money?
David Lerner Associates: Women's Health Care in Retirement
At any age health care is a priority. But when a person retires focus on health care is more important than ever before. This is especially true for women.
David Lerner Associates: Women and Estate Planning Basics
When it comes to estate planning, women have unique concerns. Women live an average of 4.8 years longer than men, so there's a greater chance that they'll need their assets to last longer, and they have a greater need to plan for incapacity. It also means that women need to take responsibility for their own estate planning.
David Lerner Associates: Switching Professions? Take Your 401(k) and Roll It
Sometimes, you have no alternative - you need to use the funds. If so, try to minimize the tax impact. For example, if you have nontaxable after-tax contributions in your account, keep in mind that you can roll over just the taxable portion of your distribution and keep the nontaxable portion for yourself.
David Lerner Associates: Are 529 assets subject to Medicaid spend-down requirements?
Right now this issue has been largely ignored by state laws. But unless future legislation exempts 529 plans from Medicaid rules, it would be wiser to assume that these assets could be subject to the state's grasp.
David Lerner Associates: Analyzing Estate Planning and Income Tax Basis
Income tax basis may be essential when deciding whether to make gifts now or transfer real estate at your death. The income tax basis for the person receiving the property depends upon whether the transfer is by gift or at death.
Women and Retirement Planning
National Retirement Planning Week is of particular interest to women. Because their careers are often interrupted to care for children or elderly parents, women may spend less time in the workforce and earn less money than men in the same age group.
Checklist for Older Americans Nearing Retirement
The first wave of the 75 million baby boomers in the US has already reached retirement age, and it's not too far off for the rest.
David Lerner Associates: Healthcare Considerations for Older Americans
At any age health care is a priority. Older Americans tend to focus more on health care than ever before. Staying healthy is your goal, and this can mean more visits to the doctor for preventive tests and routine checkups.
David Lerner Associates: Making Portfolio Withdrawals
When planning for retirement income you'll need to determine your portfolio withdrawal rate, decide which retirement accounts to tap first, and consider the impact of required minimum distributions.
Planning for Earned Income in Retirement
Most people these days are not going to achieve the sort of lifestyle that was envisioned for retirement even a decade ago. Many folks now retire from their regular job and then start a business of their own or work part time.
David Lerner Associates: Trust Basics
With a trust you can control how your assets are distributed once you've passed on or perhaps help you plan for the possibility of becoming incapacitated. The power of a trust lies in its versatility--there's a type of trust for almost every situation.
Older Americans Month: Retirement Income Needs
Older Americans Month is a good time to focus on how well prepared Baby Boomers are for retirement. A good retirement plan should start with establishing the annual income requirement needed to retire.
David Lerner Associates: Issues Unique to Older Americans
Many Americans may view getting older with mixed emotions. While retirement is generally something to look forward to there's also the concern about the cost and availability of health care and the worry about what might happen if one becomes unable to live and care for oneself independently.
Understanding Social Security
Social Security is one factor in retirement planning for millions of Americans. But Social Security is now much more than just a retirement program. It's scope has expanded to include other benefits such as disability, family,, and survivor's benefits.
Older Americans Month: How Much Retirement Income Will you Need?
The first wave of 75 million baby-boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in the US are reaching retirement age. Older Americans Month is a good time to focus on how well these boomers are prepared for retirement.
Older Americans: How Secure Is Social Security?
Older Americans who are already retired or close to retirement age probably have nothing to worry about - Social Security benefits will likely be paid to them in the amount they planned on (at least that's what most of the politicians say). But what about the rest of us?
How Divorce Affects Social Security Retirement Benefits
No matter how carefully one plans for retirement, unexpected events can occur that change the situation. One such challenge is divorce.
David Lerner Associates: Social Security Survivor's Benefits
Although planning for what happens to your estate and your assets after you die is not something anyone likes to think about, it's a necessary part of one's financial planning.
Financial Aid Considerations for Graduate School
There are a few differences between financial aid options for attending graduate school and aid programs for studying at an undergraduate college
David Lerner Associates: Saving for Retirement
With thousands of investment possibilities and the complex rules governing retirement plans, most people don't even know where to begin.
Retirement Savings Challenges for Women
While women have more opportunities than ever before they often face unique obstacles that can make saving for retirement a challenge
David Lerner Associates: 4 Myths and Facts about Social Security
Social Security is an important source of retirement income for most Americans. But it may be unwise to rely too heavily on Social Security, because to keep the system solvent, some changes will have to be made to it
David Lerner Associates; Probate Pros and Cons
Estate planning is not a subject most people like to think about, but it's something everyone should consider.
David Lerner Associates: Key Issues for Older Americans
While retirement is generally something to look forward to there's also the concern about the cost and availability of health care and the worry about what might happen if one becomes unable to live and care for oneself independently.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Planning Lessons for Educators
No matter what stage of your career you're in, working with a financial professional who understands an educator's special concerns could be beneficial.
David Lerner Associates: Repaying Student Loans
For those students graduating in June there is a new and exciting life ahead. One of the responsibilities that many graduates face is repaying their student loans.
Financial Aid: 529 Plans and Your Family's Future
If thinking about joining a 529 plan, or if an account is already in the cards, understanding more about how 529 funds will affect a child's chances of receiving financial aid is a smart move.
David Lerner Associates: Education Tax Credits
Summer is most often thought of as a time for fun and relaxation. If your child is one of the 21 million heading to college in the fall it's also likely to be a time for financial planning. There is one aspect that could lighten the load - education tax credits.
Financial Planning Helps You See the Bigger Picture
No matter what the goal is - owning a new home, traveling to exotic locations, driving a nice car, starting a business or retiring comfortably - there is always a price tag attached.That's why financial planning is so important.
Life Insurance Protects Loved Ones
Your life insurance needs will depend on a number of factors, including whether you're married, the size of your family. the nature of your financial obligations, your career stage, and your goals.
David Lerner Associates:: Life Insurance and Estate Planning
In the past many families have viewed life insurance primarily as a way to pay for funeral expenses, but it's become much more than that today. Now it's seen as an integral part of estate planning.
Optimizing Your Social Security Retirement Benefits
Optimizing your Social Security retirement benefits means getting the best return possible on each dollar you've contributed to the system over the years
Making the Leap from High School to College
If your child is leaving for college in the fall you're probably worrying about their ability to make the leap from high school to college. For many, it can be quite an adjustment - especially if they are leaving home for the first time.
David Lerner Associates: Insurance Issues for Married Couples
It may seem like an odd thing to worry about when you are just starting out together, but the lack of adequate insurance protection can lead to financial disaster in the future
David Lerner Associates: The College Application Process
Summer is almost over and there is much to look forward to as we move towards the fall. This is also the time of year when many families are embroiled in the college application process.
Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money
Now that they're heading off to college your children need more knowledge about money. They'll be on their own and handling their own finances - probably for the first time.
David Lerner Associates: The Sensible Middle Ground of Investing
Investors in the stock market have been on somewhat of a roller-coaster ride recently. It is one thing to experience the thrill of a sudden drop at the fairground but quite another when it's your investments that take a tumble. We believe in something that we call the 'sensible middle ground of investing.'
Four Things Women Need to Know about Social Security
The very first retirement benefit check was issued in 1940 and since then women have been relying on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income.
David Lerner Associates: 3 Financial Tips for Seniors
Studies show that the retirement age in America in creeping upward as many seniors choose to keep working longer. The easing of Social Security restrictions on earning income has also contributed to the trend.
College Savings - Think Ahead
More than 20 million young Americans are headed off to college this month. According to the 2015 Sallie Mae How America Pays for College report, a national study of college students and parents, families spent on average $24,164 for college in the academic year 2014-2015
David Lerner Associates: Housing Options for Older Individuals
As we grow older many of our needs (and wants) change. Children grow up and move away. Raking leaves from the lawn of the large house purchased 30 years ago to provide space and recreation for a family is probably no longer top of the list of things to do..
3 Ways to Graduate Debt Free
Over the past ten years, the cost of a college education in America has gone up very year. Hillary Clinton recently announced a proposed student loan reform as part of her campaign.
David Lerner Associates: 5 Financial Lessons for College Students
Millions of young Americans will be leaving home for the first time this fall. Along with many other freedoms they'll experience, they will also have to manage their own finances, probably for the first time.
Women Need to be Proactive about Finances and Retirement
Relying on your husband to take care of the finances and retirement income was an accepted practice in the past. Today women have to take a new approach to their financial future. Relying on a spouse's income and savings is no longer a risk-free option.
Three Things That Can Derail Your Retirement
The American Dream - work hard and retire comfortably at 65 - is more of a dream than a reality for most seniors. A new GAO analysis finds that among households with members aged 55 or older, nearly 29 percent have neither retirement savings nor a traditional pension plan.
Connect Your Financial Goals to the Rest of Your Life
Most Americans strive for a fulfilled life - a good job, a nice home,, a family, and a bright future. However, statistics show that this American Dream is not a reality for far too many.
Women Business Owners Still Face Financial Challenges
Although the number of women-owned businesses is on the rise, they still face some financial challenges. The Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners shows that while women own 36 percent of businesses in the U.S. only 11.3 percent of the sales revenue generated went to female-owned businesses.
David Lerner Associates - Long Term Care is Over to You
Only 13 percent of Americans have long term care insurance, just a fraction of those who will need help as they grow older.
Comprehensive Financial Planners are Better Off
October is Financial Planning month. Why should we pay attention to financial planning? A report by Princeton Survey Research Associates International reveals that there is a direct correlation between affluence and financial planning.
David Lerner Associates: Why College Saving is Important
A college education can be an expensive proposition. Although many students take out loans to cover their education costs, this can be a financial burden for years to come.
David Lerner Associates: A Financial Plan that Works
A financial plan that works is important at any age, but it's essential for those approaching retirement age.
David Lerner Associates: No Social Security COLA Hike in 2016
Retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare are in for a disappointing year in 2016. There will be no cost of living allowance (COLA) increase next year.
David Lerner Associates: How to Outlast Market Ups and Downs
We've all heard stories of the wild fluctuations in the market during the Great Recession. How do you outlast these fluctuations and feel confident that the money you're working so hard to save will provide the comfortable retirement you're planning for.
David Lerner Associates: Free Financial Planning Tools
Financial Planning Month is a good time to try out some of the apps and software that can help you get your finances in better shape. These free tools should help you keep your finger on your financial pulse.
David Lerner Associates: 3 Financial Resolutions for your 30s
As the year winds down it's wise to get in financial shape and set goals for the future. There are a few financial milestones you should aim for in your 30s
David Lerner Associates: Financial Planning in your 40s
October is Financial Planning month so it's a good time to take stock of your future goals and put plans in place. These three resolutions should be on your list if you are in your 40s
David Lerner Associates: Financial Planning in your 50s
There are financial challenges in every decade. These three financial resolutions address the challenges that are common in your 50s.
Five Smart Retirement Strategies for Entrepreneurs
Retirement is not always top of the list of concerns for entrepreneurs. In fact, nearly 40 percent of small business owners in the U.S. don't have a retirement strategy at all.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Planning in your 60s
In order to retire at age 65 you will likely need to have accumulated a sizable retirement nest egg by the time you reach your early 60s.
David Lerner Associates: The Best Place to Work Might be at Home
As technology advances and removes the barriers to remote work, telecommuting jobs are on the rise. The number of people working fro home is expected to increase by 63 percent in the next five years.
David Lerner Associates: Scholarships and College Savings
As the cost of a college education continues to climb, paying for it has become a major family expense. Many couples report starting a college fund shortly after their baby is born.
David Lerner Associates: How to Retire Wealthy
If you're under 40, your most valuable asset isn't youthful vigor or a full head of hair. It's time. Retirement is decades away, and contributions to a 401(k) or other retirement plan will have years to compound and grow.
David Lerner Associates: Five Common Financial Mistakes
Your current financial situation is a combination of every decision relating to money you've made in the past. If you're like most people, you have had very little or no coaching, so you're just learning as you go.
David Lerner Associates: Financial Tools are Just the Beginning
One big worry for many Americans in the prime of life is their financial future - how to pay for their kid's college, when to retire, and whether they'll have enough to retire on are major concerns. April is Financial Literacy Month, a good time to reevaluate financial plans and make sure that the calculations those plans are based on are valid.
David Lerner Associates: Tips to Build Wealth
Wealth isn't something you wake up to one morning. It's built and earned over time. Carefully. Strategically. With deliberate purpose. If building a healthy personal fortune is appealing to you, then here are some tips to help you on the wealth-building journey.
David Lerner Associates: Saving for Early Retirement
According to a research study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Americans' confidence in their ability to secure a financially comfortable retirement increased in 2015, however, only 61% report that they are currently saving. That means that more than one-third are not saving for retirement.
David Lerner Associates: Estate Planning Essentials
An effective and smart estate plan is necessary if you want to make sure your assets are inherited by the intended parties, no matter the size of your estate. If done right, your plan can limit the taxes owed by the beneficiary. Here are some helpful tips.
David Lerner Associates: Older Americans are Blazing a Trail to Retirement
The theme of Older Americans Month 2016 is Blaze a Trail. The idea is to use this theme to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. Retirement is certainly one of those issues. According to the Government Accountability Office, among households with members aged 55 or older, nearly 29% have neither retirement savings nor a traditional pension plan.
David Lerner Associates: The DIY Retirement Plan
Part of the American Dream was working hard for 40 years and retiring with a comfortable company pension at age 65. For most of today's young adults, that scenario is no longer an option. A recent survey of corporate pensions revealed that just 28% of the plans they surveyed still remain open, and 25% of workers with an active pension are likely to see the plan close or freeze at some point in the future.
David Lerner Associates: Ending Financial Stress with Planning
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch's 2016 Workplace Benefits Report was an interesting study in the financial confidence of today's workers. 75% of employees polled indicated they are not financially secure, and 60% say they are somewhat or very stressed by their financial situation, according to the report.
David Lerner Associates: National Healthcare Decision Day
April 16th was National Healthcare Decision Day. While most people don't always like to talk about what would happen if they were hospitalized and unable to speak for themselves, we're glad this day exists because it brings awareness to the importance of planning for the future.
Estate Planning Essential Documents
According to the American Bar Association, more than half of Americans pass away without a will or an estate plan. If you consider the age when a person should be giving serious thought to these things, 62% of Americans aged 45-54, and an even higher percentage of women that age have not drafted wills. Here is a brief overview of the types of documents that are essential to any estate plan, and the reasons why.
Generation X and Their Retirement
People in Generation X (those in their 30s and 40s) have solid reasons to be stressed out about their financial futures. Many are saddled with debt, have not saved as much as they should have for retirement, and perhaps were underemployed during recent economic downturns.
College Savings and Loans
According to a survey by Sallie Mae, families are under increasing pressure to take out loans to finance college. Saving for college seems like the best alternative, but there are some misconceptions about the process.
Millennials Can Create a Lifelong Wealth Plan
For a highly educated generation, Millennials show a surprising ineptitude in certain areas of money management. And a generation that lacks secure pensions will certainly need to prepare for their twilight years.
3 Reasons Not to Fear Retirement
If you are nearing retirement age, you are not alone. Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day in America, and that number is set to stay true for the next 19 years. Many people face uncertainties and fears about their own retirement. When it should be a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of hard work, a lack of planning may result in apprehension and stress.
American Teen Views on Student Loans and College Education
The student loan debt level in America has skyrocketed over the last decade. Before a family commits to the burden of a student loan, perhaps they should talk to their kids - a recent survey of American teens revealed that only 11% plan to take out a student loan.
Americans Regret Not Having a Rainy Day Fund
The recent Bankrate Financial Security survey showed that most Americans have regrets about the financial decisions they've made. At the top of the list is not saving enough for retirement, but a close second is not saving for emergencies.
Women and Men Think Differently About Finances Too
"Women are from Venus, men are from Mars" has become a saying embedded in our vocabulary. It indicates that women and men see things differently and have a different approach to many aspects of their lives. Finances, it appears, is one of these areas.
Financial Planning Tips for Recent Graduates
As proud families celebrate and relieved graduates get ready to enter the workplace, new financial concerns take precedence. Now it's no longer about how to pay for their education, it's whether they'll get a job and how they'll manage on their own.
5 Ways to Fix Your Retirement Fund Shortfall
When you hit your 40s or 50s the idea of retirement (which seemed so far off in your 20s) is suddenly right around the corner. If you've reached this age and have not been diligently socking away money for retirement, there are some things you can do to fix the problem.
Why the 4 Percent Rule No Longer Works
For decades Americans have calculated their retirement saving needs on the 4% Rule - if you can withdraw 4% of your retirement fund per year, there's every chance you'll have enough money for your golden years. That rule was calculated on interest rates much higher than we're seeing now, and it's proving to be not so reliable for people who will retire in the future.
A New Look at the American Dream
Whenever the conversation turns to financial goals and a secure future, certain ideas at the core of The American Dream pop up - save for retirement and own your own home are two of those. However, times have changed economically.
How to Overcome Barriers to Retirement Security
Many people face uncertainties and fears about their own retirement when it should be a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of hard work. A lack of planning may result in apprehensions and stress. There are plenty of obstacles Americans claim are in their way when it comes to saving for retirement: credit card debt, student loan debt, low wages, the need to save for a child's college education, and the list goes on.
Tips for Saving for College
Before you know it, that sweet little baby of yours will be all grown up and graduating high school. Time flies and in the blink of an eye college preparations will be upon you. Unless you plan ahead, it's all too likely that you will be part of the majority of American families who do not have a college savings plan in place.
Brexit - Stay Calm and Carry On
Britain's vote to leave the European Union seems like it should be a strictly local affair - not something to make Americans nervous. But in fact, it may well have something to do with us.
More Americans Working After 70
Traditionally, the retirement age in America is 65. The American Dream was all about working hard for 40 years and then relaxing and enjoying life for the next decade or two. According to the AARP, that is changing.
Estate Planning Basics
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why - With few exceptions, everyone has an estate, even the young child with a bank account in his name that his grandparents set up, or the coming-of-age girl who received a gold necklace for her 16th birthday.
Power of Attorney Tips
None of us likes to think about the possibility of something happening that might prevent us from managing our own finances, but it does happen. If you are ill, incapacitated, or just out of the country, you might need someone else to manage your money for a while.
Money Tips for College Graduates
With the new school year approaching, proud families and students alike will be preparing for a new generation of graduates to enter the workplace. With the next chapter in their lives just around the corner, new financial concerns take precedence.
3 Financial Tips for the Real World
There are many and varied tips available for anyone looking to educate themselves on what the "experts" recommend when it comes to financial planning. The internet abounds with such tips and advice. However, some of these things are easier said than done, especially when it comes to the workaday world and trying to keep up in an ever-more-volatile economy. Let's take a look at some of these tips, and how they can be applied to the real world.
Millennials Most Common Money Mistakes
Although young Americans who graduated this year are better off than their older siblings, they're still feeling some effects of the Great Recession. One thing they are doing right is starting to save earlier than previous generations, but their biggest money mistakes are not saving enough and holding what they do save in cash.
5 Steps for a Better Retirement
Do you worry about your retirement? According to experts, you should be worried. A Government Accountability Office analysis found that average Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have saved only about $104,000 in retirement savings.
Death and Debt
The death of a spouse is heartbreaking and something that no one really wants to think about. Unfortunately, it is something that needs to be considered and a plan put in place to ease the major adjustment in one's life. The surviving spouse faces more than just overwhelming emotions - he or she may also face the challenge of handling a loved one's outstanding debts.
Financial Planning for Retirement
The average retirement age is somewhere between 62 and 65. In order to retire by 65, you will likely need to have accumulated a sizable nest egg by the time you reach your 60s.
September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month
September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month. In the past many families have viewed life insurance primarily as a way to pay for funeral expenses but it's become much more than that today. Now it's seen as an integral part of estate planning.
Retirement Planning for Women
As with most things in life, retirement planning is slightly different for women than it is for men given the many challenges they face. To meet these financial challenges, women need to make retirement planning a priority.
Boomers Saddled with Rising Debt Face a Tough Retirement
The patterns and type of debt amongst older Americans has changed significantly over the past few years. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the average 65 year old borrower has more debt than 65 year olds had in 2003.
Finance Tips for New College Grads
Graduating college is a momentous life event that should be celebrated. It marks the end of a chapter, and the beginning of many new ones. It also marks the entry of many young adults into the workforce and new opportunities.
Financial Planning Month
National Financial Planning Month is an annual designation observed in October. In light of this, here are some tips to use financial planning basics for your retirement.
Long Term Care Planning
October is Long Term Care Planning Month. This is a topic worthy of our attention and can be a serious issue for those who find themselves in a situation where it is needed.
Boomers and Debt
Debt is not something to take lightly. Patterns in debt and the type of debt that an older generation is finding itself in has changed over the past few years. In fact, it seems that Boomers are more in debt than they were 13 years ago.
Long Term Care Planning
October is Long Term Care Planning Month. Nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older need long term care at some point, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Women and Their Finances
Surveys show that one quarter of the women in the United States are the primary financial decision makers in their households.
Financial Planning and You
The fact that October is Financial Planning Month should not escape your attention. Making sure that you have a plan in place is essential if you want to live your life without worrying.
Overcoming a Retirement Shortfall
Workers in their late 50s or early 60s may have saved a lot of money for retirement, but when they take a closer look at their situation they still fall short of being financially secure.
Why Should You Have a Financial Plan?
October is Financial Planning Month and your attention should be firmly on your finances. The fact of the matter is that Americans are not doing enough when it comes to planning their finances.
For Love and Money
Relationships and money are two subjects which gain a lot of interest from people. Perhaps that's because these areas are ones where people would like to see improvement in their lives.
How to Avoid a Retirement Shock
More than half of Americans lose sleep thinking about retirement. This is mainly because they face the uncertainty of what lies in the great unknown across the River Retirement. Studies show that people who are confident about their retirement have a clear goal and vision for their future.
Millennials and Financial Security
The oldest of the Millennial generation are now reaching age 35. If ever there were a time to take a look at your financial landscape and assess one's future, now would be that time.
Tips for Smart Personal Finance
Whether you're playing catch up on retirement savings or working to eliminate debt, it pays to be financially savvy. Here are some tips to point you in the direction of smart personal finance decisions.
Baby Boomers and Retirement
The average pre-retirement Baby Boomer does not have enough savings for their retirement years and one third of Americans have no retirement savings at all.
Financial Planning for When You Are Gone
Death is certain for all of us. The sad truth is that not enough of us take a moment to consider what will happen when we are gone. In fact, 55% of Americans pass away without a will or an estate plan.
Smart Retirement Strategies for Boomers
If you are one of the 76 million Baby Boomers with retirement just around the corner, it would be wise to take stock of your situation and make sure that you'll not be in for a horrible surprise come retirement day.
Thanksgiving is usually a time to take stock of the things we are thankful for in our lives. Here are some things in our financial lives that we can be thankful for.
Avoid These Retirement Planning Mistakes
Retirement looks different for everyone. Whether you want to finally climb that mountain you've been thinking about for years or spend the rest of your days in the warm tropical climes of a faraway beach paradise, someone is going to have to pay for it.
Retirement Planning For Couples
Couples have some unique advantages when it comes to retirement planning. For one thing, you have someone to pool resources with, share expenses, and help inspire (or nag) one another to save more.
Retirement and Life Expectancy
Life expectancy is something to take into account when planning your retirement.
Retirement vs College Savings
Some people are faced with this very real decision - do you start saving for Little Johnny's college tuition, or do you focus on your own retirement first?
Closing the Gender Gap in Retirement Planning
It's no secret that there is a gap in earnings between men and women, and while great strides have been made toward gender equality, how does that translate into retirement preparations?
Reasons to Invest in College Savings
Education is a gift that keeps on giving. College grads out earn people without degrees consistently and by a decent margin.
Make Your Retirement Planning Count
Most Americans who are saving for their retirement have the better part of 30 years to prepare. But the average pre-retirement Baby Boomer does not have enough savings for their retirement years, and one third of Americans have no retirement savings at all.
Savings Goals for the New Year
There is no convincing argument for not saving your money. Most people will agree that saving (whether for retirement or any other reason) is an excellent idea, and it should be done.
Understanding Long Term Care Insurance
The majority of Americans who live past the age of 65 will require some sort of help caring for themselves. In fact, nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older need long term care at some point.
Retirement Advice for Millennials
The generation known as Millennials is coming toward an age group where retirement should be on their minds because this is the perfect time to start preparing a retirement strategy.
Money Lessons for Women
Gender roles in today's society have shifted dramatically from a time when little girls grew up hoping to find a good man who could take care of them financially.
Preparing for Retirement
The truth is there is no "magic number". How much you need to save for retirement will depend entirely on your spending habits.
College Grads and Financial Literacy
Unfortunately, college students are not well prepared for the real world financially speaking, because it is not taught.
How to Retire Early
Retirement is something that requires a solid plan and smart strategies, executed over a number of years. But one third of Americans aren't saving for retirement, and a sizable percentage have virtually no money in savings and investments.
How Much Money Do You Need To Retire
Despite many Americans being stressed about the idea of retirement, a full one third of us aren't saving for retirement at all, and many don't have any idea of how much they'll need to fund their golden years.
How to Prevent Money from Ruining Your Marriage
Sharing finances with a partner comes with a lot of issues; mutual trust, respect, self-worth, etc. These are all areas that, if damaged even slightly, can lead to upset and tear the fabric of a marriage apart.
Millennials and Retirement Advice
Millennials are heading toward an age where retirement should be on their minds, not because they're going to retire soon but because this is the ideal time to start preparing a retirement strategy.
Raising Financial Literacy
While one might be forgiven for thinking that a lack of financial literacy is exclusively a problem with young people and students, 41% of adults gave themselves a grade of C, D, or F regarding their knowledge of personal finance.
Women and Retirement Planning
As with most things in life, retirement planning is slightly different for women than it is for men given the many challenges they face. To meet these financial challenges women need to make retirement planning a priority.
Taxes and Long Term Care
Long term care expenses can wipe out a person's savings and investments. That's why it is important to consider long term care insurance.
A Guide to Estate Planning
Do you have an estate plan? A basic estate plan is an important financial document for everyone to have, whether you think you need one or not, and here's why.
Overcoming Fear of Retirement
There are many unknown factors when it comes to saving for your retirement. In some ways, it can be a guessing game.
Retirement Planning Difficulties for Women
Women face significant difficulties however the number of wealthy women in the United States is rising twice as fast as the number of wealthy men. Experts estimate that by 2030, women will control as much as two-thirds of the nation's wealth.
What Most People Don't Understand About 401(k) Plans
A 401(k) plan is something that not everyone has. In fact, an incredible 68% of Americans are not saving in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
Retirement Tip for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs and small business owners often think that their only retirement plan involves an IRA. The 401(k) was historically only used by large companies and their employees, however, it has evolved into a flexible savings vehicle for people outside of corporate America.
How to Make the Most of Your Retirement Planning
Retirement is something that we should be thinking about. Whether you work in the corporate world or are a self-employed entrepreneur or a freelancer, it doesn't matter. We all want to know that our latter years will be taken care of financially.
Financial Planning for Women after Divorce
Women are better prepared for their financial lives post-divorce. They are far more likely to seek out financial advice, improve spending habits, seek out employment and contribute to retirement savings.
Steps for Financial Freedom
Financial freedom is a term that is thrown around, but what does it actually mean? It's probably best stated as being free of worry from financial issues. But then there's always the concern of "more money, more problems."
If you want to make sure your assets are inherited by the intended parties, no matter the size of your estate, you'll need an estate plan. If done right, your plan can also limit the taxes owed by the beneficiary.