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 : 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: Retirement Plan Contribution Limits Increasing for 2013
Each year the federal government considers making inflation adjustments to the maximum amount of money that can be contributed annually to qualified retirement plans like Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)s. The IRS announced that the annual contribution limit for IRAs would be increasing in 2013 for the first time in five years.
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 Associates: Will Social Security Support You In Retirement?
Since it was originally established in 1935 under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Social Security has undergone a number of revisions that reflect changes in the make-up of American society.
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 --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: 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: 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 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
Women and Wealth Management: Is There a Gender Gap?
A new study conducted by Boston Consulting Group indicates that women believe they receive a lower quality of wealth management service than men do.Over half (55 percent) of the women who responded said their wealth manager could do a better job of advising them than he or she was currently doing.
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: 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: 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: "Qualified plan" - What does it mean?
There are numerous different types of qualified plans, but they all fall into two categories. The advantages you receive from the plan depend upon investment performance.
David Lerner Associates: Providing Lifetime Income with Immediate Annuities
Immediate annuities offer a financial alternative to assist in meeting retirement income needs by offering a steady stream of income tailored to continue through retirement.
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: Speaking to your aging parents about their finances
Speaking to your parents about money is usually complicated, particularly when the money you're talking about is theirs. Here are some tips to help you through this process.
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: A Primer - Understanding Different Types of Life Insurance
Life insurance is different from most other types of insurance like health, car and homeowners insurance in at least one key respect: It covers against an event that is certain to occur at some point in time - the policyholder's death.
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: 2015 Social Security and Medicare Figures
The Social Security Administration has announced the new figures that beneficiaries will receive for 2015.
David Lerner Associates: Rollovers
Use this rollover guide to help you decide where you can move your retirement dollars.
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: 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: 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: 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: Asset Allocation
As you transition into retirement, your priorities for and demands on your portfolio are likely to be different. Your asset allocation strategy will probably be different than the one you used when saving for retirement.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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 Asociates: Small Business Saturday
The first frenzy of holiday shopping is usually on what is called Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the day stores promote deals and discounts so there is a rush to buy gifts and save money.
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: Gambling with your Retirement
Investing (when done right) is a good thing. Gambling, generally speaking, is a bad thing, unless it's done for entertainment purposes with money that you don't mind losing. Retirement funds are not something you want to gamble with.
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: Financial March Madness
March is a great time to take stock of your financial situation and get your fiscal affairs in order. March 15th marks the due date for corporate tax returns, and it also marks exactly one month before personal tax returns are due. By now you should have all your 1099s, W2s, and tax documents collected and ready to go.
David Lerner Associates: What to Do With Your Tax Refund
Forty eight million Americans have already received a tax refund from the federal government this year. As tax time approaches, millions more are thinking about what to do with this windfall when it arrives. The latest Bankrate Money Pulse survey shows that there have been some significant changes in what Americans are planning to do with this money this year.
David Lerner Associates: How to Retire Wealthy [INFOGRAPHIC]
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. Even a modest contribution now will mean a lot more than a larger contribution when you're in your forties and fifties.
David Lerner Associates: Being Money Smart in Retirement
It's Money Smart week. A new study has found that Americans in their retirement years gradually lose the ability to manage their money. According to the study the ability to answer basic financial literacy questions wanes as age increases. However, the ability to confidently make financial decisions does not falter.
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: Money Smart Tips for Credit Card Debt
38 percent of all American households carry some credit card debt and the average for balance carrying households is $15,779. Americans between 45 and 54 years old appear to have the highest balances of any age group. Credit card debt is not a good idea at any age, but when you're getting close to retirement it could be a significant barrier to future financial security.
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: What You Need to Know about Retirement and Long-Term Care
A comfortable retirement is something to plan for and look forward to. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, most Americans are on track with their savings for retirement. But, and this is a big one, have you considered what would happen if you were hit with an additional half million dollars in health care costs? Would you be able to still maintain a comfortable retirement then? It's highly doubtful that even the better off among us could withstand that.
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.
Financial Advice for Newlyweds
The honeymoon is over. You've taken a giant leap into adulthood, and the journey is only really beginning now. It would be a very smart thing to do to get on the same page with your finances, especially since it seems to be a source of arguments between married couples.
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.
Retirement, Communication, and Marriage
Planning for a blissful retirement can be work sometimes. There are a lot of details to consider, and even more so as a married couple. And even more if there are children involved. It's not the most comfortable conversation to have with your spouse, but it certainly is important.
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.
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.
Money Tips for Newlyweds
Wedding season is upon us. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to enjoy the tying of knots. If you're the lucky couple walking down the aisle, then congratulations. You've taken a giant leap into adulthood and the journey is only really beginning. It would be very smart to get on the same page with your finances especially since it seems to be a source of arguments between married couples.
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.
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.
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.
5 Personal Finance Tips for Women
While most financial tips apply to everyone, there are some that are more relevant to women. 90% of women will have to manage their finances on their own at some point in their life, and unfortunately, too many women lack confidence, and may hesitate to take control of their finances.
Is Divorce Derailing Your Retirement Fund?
Just as getting married involves financial decisions, so does divorce. Splitting up your assets is one of the main areas of concern - and this includes investments and retirement accounts. It's important for each of the partners to retain some of the retirement fund.
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.
5 Personal Finance Tips for Women
While most financial tips apply to everyone, there are some that are more relevant to women. 90% of women will have to manage their finances on their own at some point in their life and unfortunately too many women lack confidence and hesitate to take control of their finances.
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.
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.
Are You Facing A Retirement Income Shortfall?
According to a study by TransAmerica women are far less confident of their ability to retire with a comfortable lifestyle. The same study shows that most women are planning to retire at 65, or not at all, continuing to work into their retirement years.
Retirement Planning and Financial Professionals
When planning for retirement, making sure the information you have is accurate is very important. How do you know that the person you're trusting with your future has the right information?
Millennials and Retirement
It seems that Millennials have been getting a bad reputation and they don’t deserve it. The common view of the next generation of young adults is that they are attached to their phones or mobile devices and have no idea about the real value of money. Many articles mention that Millennials are not saving for the future and, in fact, could be facing a bleak financial future.
Reaching Goals of Financial Success
Saving for retirement, taking care of one's family, eating healthier, exercising more - these are goals that a lot of people have. Sometimes it's difficult to achieve those goals when temptations lead us astray. We want to save for retirement, but then we conveniently forget our budget constraints when making a purchase.
Top Financial Mistakes That Affect Your Retirement
As retirement approaches more and more Baby Boomers are taking stock of their financial decisions along the road to their golden years.
10 Questions for Your Retirement
The old fashioned idea of working for 40 years, retiring with a good pension, and a comfortable retirement is no longer the norm. For older Americans who are nearing retirement age, there are many factors to consider.
3 Debts to Pay Off Before Retirement
Heading into your golden years one is likely to consider your financial landscape and take a look at prioritizing which debts to focus on before you retire.
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.
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.
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.
Financial Security in Retirement
A big source of unrest in the minds of people is their retirement. More than half of Americans lose sleep thinking about retirement. Studies show that people who are confident about their retirement have a clear goal and vision for their future.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
Financial Literacy for Retirement
Studies have found that Americans in their retirement years gradually lose the ability to manage their money. In other words, the ability to answer basic financial literacy questions wanes as age increases.
Developing Good Financial Habits
April is National Financial Literacy Month and is an excellent opportunity to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.
Retirement Planning for Couples
Retirement planning is an essential activity in your financial life, but that's all very well if you're just planning for yourself. Here are some tips for couples.
Investing vs. Retirement Planning
Investing may provide handsome returns and may offer a lifestyle of your choosing. The same goes for retirement planning. However, one should never mistake one for the other.