Save, save, save. This is what we’re told as we make our way through our working years—in preparation for the time in our lives when our regular paychecks stop showing up in our bank accounts. Saving is certainly solid advice, but some of the “tried and true” historically-accepted ideas about retirement saving are no longer as tried and true as we once thought them to be. Take the 4 percent rule, for example. This rule states that you should take out 4 percent of your retirement savings to live on annually in retirement. If your total retirement savings is $1 million, then 4 percent of that would be $40,000 to live on each year. For many, $40,000 a year sounds adequate enough, right? However, there is a case for living beyond the 4 percent rule in retirementContinue reading » The Case for Living Beyond the 4 Percent Rule in Retirement
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Saving for retirement isn’t the only major life event that you need to set money aside for. There are many other defining moments along the way that cost money—buying a house, opening a business and for many—your children’s education. The government offers the 529 plan to help you start saving for your child’s education early. It is a savings account that offers federal and sometimes state tax benefits while minimizing the impact of financial aid. The 529 plan was originally and still is mainly intended to address post-high school education, but you are also now allowed to put money into the plan for K-12 education costs. However you take advantage of it, make sure to avoid these mistakes on your 529 plan.Continue reading » Don’t Make These Mistakes on Your 529 Plan
Ask anyone about the retirement outlook for the majority of Americans, and most of your answers will probably be to the effect of, “It’s pretty bleak.” A 2016 survey conducted by financial firm Allianz found that more than 60 percent of baby boomers actually fear running out of savings in retirement more than they fear death. That’s a pretty serious sentiment. Though individually, some workers have established the financial security they need to retire well, as a whole, our country is struggling—and these trends facing our retirement futures are to blame.Continue reading » 3 Unfortunate Trends Facing Our Retirement Futures
From June 2016 to June 2017, more than 2.9 million Americans signed up for Social Security benefits. On average, these people received $1,413.08 in monthly benefits—with women receiving less on average when dividing that group up between genders. For many attempting to maintain a certain standard of living in retirement, Social Security alone will be inadequate; however, that’s not to say it will not help as a supplemental form of income. That being said, as we look toward the future, the concept of Social Security for millennials is still somewhat questionable.Continue reading » Social Security for Millennials: Will It Be There in Retirement?
It’s no secret that women face a certain set of challenges when it comes to their financial situations, especially owing to the fact that females are still significantly underpaid compared to their male counterparts. Another common obstacle is due to the fact that many married women rely on their husbands to manage the money, and when and if the time comes that they need to take care of it on their own, they are left feeling overwhelmed and underprepared. This is exactly why, however, women should be more proactive when it comes to their finances. Consider these ways for women to improve their financial security as they move through life.Continue reading » 6 Ways for Women to Improve Their Financial Security
As society changes over time, so does the reality of retirement. Whereas our parents’ retirements may have come after entire careers spent at the same companies with cushy pensions as rewards, most retirements today and in the future are looking quite different. Here are seven things to know about today’s retirement.Continue reading » 7 Things to Know About Today’s Retirement
If you feel that you are behind in saving for retirement, you are not alone. According to recent data from Northwestern Mutual, one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside for retirement. In addition, 21 percent of Americans have no retirement savings to speak of.Continue reading » Behind in Saving for Retirement? Here’s What to Do
Among the selection of retirement accounts available to you as an investor, each has its own set of rules that governs the way your money is treated both at the time you make contributions to the account and the time you withdraw them. The Roth IRA, a type of individual retirement account, is no different. Knowing the rules of a Roth IRA can help you maximize your retirement savings while reducing the amount of taxes you will pay on them.Continue reading » Learn These 5 Rules of a Roth IRA
Preparing for a financially sound retirement is not something that happens overnight. It takes decades of proactive saving, smart investing and weighing your tolerance for potential risk. However, even with the most careful planning, there are still certain barriers to retirement that inevitably exist. Here, we’ll look at four of these barriers and address how you can go about breaking them down.Continue reading » How to Combat These 4 Barriers to Retirement
In 2017, the average Social Security check was $1,360 per month. Social Security may not be enough for one to live off of solely in retirement, but it certainly helps as a supplemental form of monthly income when your regular income from your full-time job has ceased. However, the future of Social Security is a bit uncertain. Some fear a disappearance of Social Security benefits altogether, while others think it is more likely that Social Security benefits will just suffer a reduction—a sentiment that is more justified than the former.Continue reading » The Future of Social Security: Will It Be Sustainable?