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Saving for your child’s tuition without sacrificing your retirement

We love our children. Most of us would do anything for them. That includes saving for or paying for their college tuition, even if it means sacrificing a retirement lifestyle we may want and deserve. There’s no doubt about it, college tuition is expensive. It’s so expensive these days that it’s not uncommon for young…

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Five Things That Can Wreck Your Retirement

It’s not uncommon these days for retirement to last as long (if not longer) than our working careers. That means it’s critically important to make the right decisions because a few mistakes or missteps could eat into our retirement savings. And that’s a problem since most of us haven’t saved enough to begin with. Nearly…

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Retired and loving it. What did they do right?

Another day, another 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 (according to the Pew Research Center.) Some have been waiting anxiously for years for that big day when they can walk away from that 9 to 5. Others will go into retirement kicking and screaming. Even those who have been anxiously awaiting retirement for years are…

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When the kids come back home (Don’t let them wreck your retirement)

The stories have been all over the news for some time now. Burdened by crippling student loan debt, Millennials are returning home to live with their parents. According to a Pew Research Center report, for the first time in modern history, more 18-to-34-year-olds are living with their parents than those living single, with a partner…

Retirement approaching and you haven’t saved enough? Your options are limited

Americans’ habit of spending and not saving is about to catch up with them. We’re still operating as if we were our parents, who worked their entire lives for a company who then provided them with a pension for life, as well as health insurance and other retiree benefits. Those days are long gone. Very…

Sep 20, 2017

That Talk You Need to Have With Your Children Before You Retire

  Finally, It’s that time. You’re ready to clock out of that old 9-to-5 after all those years. You’re one of the  lucky ones, old enough to have both a pension and 401(k). The kids have all graduated college and are out of the house. You still have a car note, but you and your…

Is it Smart to Borrow From Your 401(k)

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in 2015, 20 percent of Americans have an  outstanding loan balance on their 401(k) and 37 percent have had loans in the past five years. Ten percent of those borrowers defaulted and a whopping 86 percent of borrowers left their company with an outstanding balance, according to…

Emergency Budget

There are many Americans who are not saving and, for these people, even a small unexpected expense will likely cause a financial setback. A survey of 1,000 Americans by Bankrate said nearly 60 percent of Americans would not be able to pay an unexpected emergency expense from their savings. Forty-five percent of those surveyed said…

Planning for Health Care expenses in Retirement

What’s the best way to wreck your retirement budget? How about unexpected medical expenses? Ask any financial planner and, he or she will likely say that most couples are not prepared for the financial disruption that could come with an expected or catastrophic illness. Twenty-eight percent of Americans said their greatest fear in retirement is…

Try to Avoid These Retirement Mistakes

There’s a reason I advise readers to talk to a financial professional well before they retire. There is so much more to retirement than saving money, and many Americans can’t even do that. There are a lot of things to consider, foremost among them how long that nest egg will last so you don’t want…

Do a little research before you buy that retirement home

It’s a dream that many of us have. The kids have graduated from college and settled into their new homes and new jobs. Retirement is around the corner. Now that you are empty nesters, that big house in the suburbs no longer works for you and your spouse. So, finally, it’s your chance to get…

There’s more to retirement than saving your money

It’s complicated, this retirement thing. It sneaks up on you, and many of us aren’t quite ready. We haven’t saved enough, didn’t plan enough or we just haven’t figured out what we will do with all that time suddenly thrust upon us. Saving for retirement is difficult enough. Many surveys show that Americans have saved…

Downsizing Your Budget in Retirement

Many people nearing retirement already know they may need to downsize from those big family homes. Why pay for all the maintenance and upkeep when the kids are gone? But they need to also think about downsizing their finances. Reducing that pre-retirement budget can be critical to a successful retirement. Some people start reducing their…