I recently spoke with some family members in the Northeast who lost power during a big storm that rolled through. It took them four days to get power back. While they were able to get by just fine, it got me thinking about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. I know I’ve talked about such preparation in the past, but I feel like it’s something that should be brought up from time to time as it’s very important. As you plan for the future and set goals, make sure you are also preparing for the unexpected. That means having Continue reading Are You Prepared for an Emergency?
Saving for or financially planning for the future can be a daunting task. Whether you’re in your twenties and saving for a house or in your forties and kicking your retirement savings into high gear, saving enough to meet your goals can seem impossible and overwhelming. Furthermore, if you have debt to manage and expenses to pay in order to get your finances into proper shape. Many people struggle with this and it’s the reason why I–and the industry I work in–exist. There’s no shame in asking for help when it comes to money. Finances can be tough to manage Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
This Coronavirus pandemic is changing everything. Sure, you can tell yourself it’s only temporary and convince yourself that things will soon return to normal, but it’s highly unlikely that will happen (however, there’s nothing wrong with a little optimism!). For those of you Boomers out there getting ready for retirement, it will be different. First off, of course, is the fact that the economy and markets seem to have taken a turn. Yes, we are in a recession. That’s usually not a good thing, especially if you are planning on your portfolio or investments to keep making you money in Continue reading Boomers and the New Retirement
Retirement can be a long way off for teenagers, but given how much retirement can cost–and the costs will probably continue to rise throughout future generations–there’s no such thing as getting too early of a head start. No, you teenager might not fully appreciate how much such steps may help in the future, but that shouldn’t be a good enough reason not to at least talk to your teenager about starting to save for retirement as soon as they are able. Of course, you can start off through conversation. However, if you really want to make an impression, you may Continue reading Help Your Children Get a Let Up in Retirement
There are many reasons why people retire. There are also many reasons why people continue to work well into what some consider the “retirement years”. If you are one of those people working well into your 60s or 70s–or have decided you want to continue working well into those age ranges–what keeps you motivated to stay in the working world? In recent years, many have said that health and retirement benefits are a big factor for staying employed. For others, it can be the social aspect of the office that keeps them motivated to keep working. Some may have no Continue reading What Keeps You Working?
Wow, 2020 has been a wild ride so far. We started the year off with what seemed like a strong stock market, solid economy, and no fears of COVID-19. That quickly changed less than three months into the year as much of the country came to a standstill after Coronavirus reached our shores. It’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a rough ride since then. It’s also hard to say what the rest of the year will bring. However, 2020 has also brought some big changes to retirement saving and planning. First off, the SECURE Act was signed Continue reading We’re Half Way Through 2020…Can You Handle Another Half?
I want to start out by stating that this post is not meant to knock employer retirement plans. Such plans can be a great way to get started in saving for retirement or as another source of retirement savings. However, if you do reach a point where rolling a 401(k) or other employer plan into an IRA is a real opportunity/thought, then you should strongly consider doing so. First off, if you are still working and your 401(k) isn’t a huge amount, you could save yourself some serious tax money down the road if you convert to an IRA, especially Continue reading Rolling Over to an IRA Can Give You More Investment Options
There’s been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has provisions impacting IRAs (no RMDs for 2020) and other retirement accounts (waives early distribution penalties for multiple, common retirement accounts). However, there’s been little talk about how the legislation may impact Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs). Why is that? Well, it’s because the CARES Act doesn’t impact QCDs. Yes, that’s right; QCDs will work the same this year as they did in previous years. So if you were thinking about making a charitable contribution from one of Continue reading Feeling Charitable? QCDs are Still a Thing in 2020
If you’re thinking seriously about retirement, then most likely you’re a member of the Baby Boomer generation. That means you were born at some point between 1946 and 1964, which currently puts much, if not all of that generation, right in that retirement sweet spot. However, given the havoc the Coronavirus has wreaked on the economy, you might be finding yourself rethinking your retirement plans. The reasons for this rethinking can vary. Maybe your nest egg took a hit in the market swings and you want to build it back up or maybe you lost your job and need a Continue reading The Long Road Ahead for Baby Boomers
I’ve focused a lot on Coronavirus and how it has or may affect retirement plans for many. I see no reason to change that theme now. While parts of the country are starting to re-open, many areas are still largely shut down. There is also a lot of uncertainty surrounding opening up parts of the country. What happens in infections spike in areas that are reopening and they have to shut down again? Many predict, such a situation is a real possibility for places opening without a proper plan. It can be easy to become cautious regarding saving for retirement Continue reading Staying Focused on Retirement During Trying Times