No matter how many years you are from retirement, it’s essential to have some kind of game plan in place for financing it. With today’s longer life expectancies, retirement can last 25 years or more, and counting on Social Security or a company pension to cover all your retirement income needs isn’t a strategy you really want to rely on. As you put a plan together, watch out for these common myths.
Do you remember The Game of Life®? In Milton Bradley’s popular board game, players progress through life stages making decisions that affect their prosperity. Like those players, today’s generations face financial decisions with lasting effects. Here are some tips for staying focused despite life’s ups and downs.
The new year is the time when many individuals start making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. And while resolving to eat better and exercise more is a good thing, you should be sure to make resolutions that pertain to the overall health of your personal finances as well.
Despite the uncertainties–or perhaps because of them–it might be worth starting early to look at various “what-if” scenarios in case you need to make last-minute chnages to your portfolio. Even though you may not be sure of exactly what will happen in 2013, here are some factors to keep in mind as you plot your year-end strategy.
College is expensive. For some fortunate students, grandparents are stepping in to help. This trend is expected to accelerate as baby boomer grandparents start gifting what could be trillions of dollars over the next few decades. Helping to finance a grandchild’s college education can bring great personal satisfaction and can be a way for grandparents to minimize potential gift and estate taxes. Here are some common strategies.
Imagine playing a complicated game, but the rules of the game are changing, and the new rules have yet to be announced. That’s what income tax planning is like this year. In fact, if there was ever a year to spend some quality time with your financial professional, this is it. Here are a few items to discuss.
You may have heard about new disclosure rules that will soon apply to 401(k) plans. Before describing what’s ahead, however, a look back may be helpful. (While we’ll refer to 401(k) plans in this article, the new rules also apply to other employer-sponsored plans that allow participants to direct their own investments, commonly referred to as “self-directed plans.”)
As parents, we naturally want what’s best for our kids. We want them to be polite, respectful, healthy, curious, and smart. And we hope that someday, they will grow into successful adults with independent, fulfilling lives. How best to accomplish this? Well, along with teaching the ABCs, 123s and right from wrong, teaching your child the basics of financial literacy can help you raise a saver and lay the foundation for your child’s bright financial future.
For your child, high school means football games, a driver’s license, SATs and the prom. For you, it means college is right around the corner. Before your child starts touring college campuses, here are four things you can do to get ready.
We are pretty well aware of the taxes we must pay as U.S. citizens; income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and gift and estate taxes, to name a few. We can easily see these taxes on our pay stubs, tax bills, and sales receipts. But there are other taxes imposed on us that you may not be aware of. They are “hidden taxes.” And when you add them together with visible taxes, you may be surprised about how high your taxes really are. Here’s the rundown on hidden taxes.