Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

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?

Having Money and Properly Managing It are Two Different Things

Just because you have lots of money doesn’t mean you’re necessarily a financial wizard. Society is littered with famous celebrities who have squandered massive amounts of money through various means, such as bad investments or poor spending habits. I’m not saying we need to be sympathetic to celebrities who make millions, but their stories, when looked at together, can provide an important lesson for all of us. That is, that having money and being able to properly manage it and care for it are two different things. In other words, just because you have money doesn’t mean you will know Continue reading Having Money and Properly Managing It are Two Different Things

Boomers and the New Retirement

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

The Stretch IRA is Dead. Does That Mean More Freedom?

If you’ve been staying on top of retirement news over the past 12 months, then you’ve probably read about the passage of the SECURE Act and it’s termination of the stretch IRA as an estate planning tool. Just a quick refresher, but a stretch IRA was an IRA inherited by a beneficiary in which the beneficiary then took required minimum distributions (RMDs) according to his/her life expectancy and not that of the original IRA owner. If the IRA was inherited by a young beneficiary, that meant the funds could grow, possibly over decades, before the inheriting beneficiary reaches 72 and Continue reading The Stretch IRA is Dead. Does That Mean More Freedom?

Staying Focused on Retirement During Trying Times

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

Coronavirus as Retirement Practice?

Have you found yourself out of a job thanks to retirement? Are you living off of unemployment and savings at the moment? While this may not be an ideal scenario, it can be a good time to practice a bit what life will be like in retirement. In retirement, you probably will have to make your savings last, especially if you don’t plan on working or don’t have passive income as part of your plans. You will need to work on skills such as budgeting and planning. If you are living on unemployment benefits you are already doing the same Continue reading Coronavirus as Retirement Practice?

Unemployment Over 55: Early Retirement or Find a Job?

People are losing jobs. It’s what happens when the economy takes a turn for the worst. For those over 50, right now can be a downright scary atmosphere. Not only are people losing jobs, but it’s getting harder for those over 50 to get either their old jobs back or a similar job. This was true back after 2009–after the most recent recession–and it’s true now. For many people over 50, especially those over 60, they may just choose to stay jobless after all this is over; they’ll essentially retire. They will effectively be forced into retirement. Now, that doesn’t Continue reading Unemployment Over 55: Early Retirement or Find a Job?

Things Will Be Different In the Future

We are heading into uncertain times. The world is dealing with a dangerous pandemic that is wreaking having on the global economy. In a matter of a few short weeks the Coronavirus has drastically changed the way we socially interact with one another, the way we work, and the way we educate our children. Whether all this is good or bad remains to be seen. However, I can guarantee you that things will not be the same once we get through all this. And yes, we will get through this. It’s almost impossible to tell at this moment as to Continue reading Things Will Be Different In the Future