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Four 401(k) Benefits You Should Take Advantage Of

Workers who are funding their retirement through an employer’s qualified plan often run the risk of developing tunnel vision where their 401(k) benefits are concerned. Either they only save the minimum, or, worse, they don’t save at all. Read the rest of the story.

When You’re the “One”

Posted by Aaron Bert, CFP®, AIF®  The one incident that could change your entire future Whenever you read about important topics like long-term care, health care or retirement, you’re likely inundated with facts and numbers. The cost of care, the likelihood you’ll experience various diseases, how much you’ll need in ...

Watch Out for This IRS Email Scam

Involving fake tax notices related to the ACA.  Beware of any email you may receive from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): It’s a scam.  There’s been an uptick of people receiving fake notices regarding tax bills tied to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Wall Street Journal reports. The notice asks taxpayers ...

Financial do’s and don’ts of divorce

A divorce can be draining—both emotionally and financially—especially later in life. And more and more people are getting divorced later in life. Just one in 10 people who divorced in 1990 was age 50 or older; twenty years later it was one in four, according to Dr. Susan Brown, professor ...

A Hail Mary Retirement Plan if You Have Nothing Saved

You can’t make up for lost time, so try these eight options.  You’re rounding the corner toward retirement age with not nearly enough set aside. Read the rest of the story.

What Hospitals Must Now Reveal to Medicare Patients

A new law gives a heads-up to those under hospital ‘observation’.  As if being in a hospital wasn’t tough enough, patients on Medicare (those 65 and older) are now facing potentially huge out-of-pocket costs if they are placed on “observation status” instead of being formally admitted. And when such a ...

The “HUGE” Disconnect

“Have you and your child had a frank conversation about college costs and responsibility for payment of tuition, fees, books, room and board?” In the past, I would ask the above question to individuals attending my “Financial Basics for Life” workshop.  This workshop is designed to teach young adults the ...

Money Minute: Should I tap my 401(k) to buy my first home?

Yes, you can tap your IRA or 401(k) to cover a home purchase, but it’s important to know the pros and cons first. Read the rest of the story.

The Huge Payoff From Claiming Social Security Wisely

3 cases show how it’s possible to receive tens of thousands extra.  By my count, I’ve answered over 1,500 questions about maximizing lifetime Social Security benefits, either online or on the air. But, by their nature, my A’s to people’s Q’s have mostly been general. They haven’t, I fear, provided ...

The Average Retirement Savings by Age for 2016

Are you behind on saving for retirement? Even if you don’t know what counts as “behind,” you’re likely to need to step up your efforts to build your nest egg. A June 2015 Government Accountability Office analysis found that that average Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have ...

Retirement calculators show ‘dramatically different’ results

Calculators used by investors to gauge their probability of retirement success may not actually be good gauges of that success.  Comparing the outputs from several retirement planning programs shows a huge dispersion of results, underpinning how investors and advisers should use them as a guide rather than take them at ...

7 Credit Myths That Just Won’t Die

There are so many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to credit reports and scores. Not understanding how they work could have a negative effect on your creditworthiness, which can cost you money in higher interest rates on loans. Read the rest of the story.

10 Ways to Get Ready for Retirement After Age 50

Grow your savings. The decade leading up to retirement is your last chance to build a significant nest egg. The decisions you make now will impact the retirement benefits you receive and how much you will be able to safely spend for the rest of your life. Here’s how to ...

Honoring our Heroes

As we approach our nation’s Memorial Day, we reflect upon the great sacrifices made by those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom, and we honor their heroic service to our country and each one of us. Read the rest of the story.

The money mistakes even the super rich make

Even the super-wealthy have some investing regrets.  Some 27% of investors with at least $1 million in net worth said their No. 1 investing mistake before working with a financial adviser was a failure to diversify their portfolios properly, according to a survey of 652 clients of the financial advisory ...

The Retirement Cost That 80% of Americans Aren’t Ready For

The vast majority of Americans want to remain in their homes throughout retirement, but a new study finds that 8 in 10 drastically underestimate the cost of getting the in-home help that many will need to make it possible. Read the rest of the story.

3 Actions That Will Improve Your Retirement

Retirement is a major accomplishment. But you also have to decide what to do next. While the new found freedom is exhilarating, many people don't know what to do with themselves in retirement. Read the rest of the story.

4 Reasons Why Renting a Home is a Wise Decision

Homeownership has long been held up as the epitome of the American Dream. And for some people it has been. In other cases, the decision to buy a home can be a financial nightmare – they didn’t call that home-renovation movie “The Money Pit” for nothing.   Read the rest of ...

How to Know if You’re Saving Enough for Retirement

As a financial planner, one of the most common questions I am asked is “How much money should I have saved?” or “How far behind am I in saving for retirement?” My answer? It depends. Read the rest of the story.

10 Biggest Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money

When it comes to personal finance, honesty is the best policy. Be honest with banks, be honest with your family, but most of all, be honest with yourself.  It’s a frequent occurrence that people find themselves in financial trouble because they weren’t honest about their money situation. But recognizing the ...

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