Money & Finance

Financial Moves You Should Make Before 2018

In December, it’s easy to start looking at the year ahead. Most of us are planning for the new year, be it for expenses, like a vacation or a major housing repair that’s needed, or for income, we’ll bring in. Each year we come up with new plans and new strategies. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, look at 2017. Now’s the time when you c...Read More

Is Your Partner Financially Faithful?

When we think fidelity, we think extra-marital affair. Another woman, another man, enters the picture, and deception spoils the marriage. But there’s another form of infidelity, and it comes in the form of finances. As with cheating partners, the statistics aren’t very promising. Various studies show that 30 – 40 percent of spouses are financially ...Read More

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

  Handling money in retirement is a complicated business. We want our money to grow, we want to be secure, and we want to try to leave money to our heirs.  Owning a home is a big part of most people’s retirement plans, and so the idea of a reverse mortgage is bound to come up. What is it? A reverse mortgage is essentially a loan on your own in...Read More

5 Tips to keep earning a paycheck in retirement

Retirement today is not that of a generation ago, we are living longer these days, and retirement is not what it used to be.  Today, 60 (and beyond) is the new 50. Retirement is no longer a time to just garden and visit the grandkids, and healthier retirees want to stay engaged and stimulated. According to a recent survey about two-thirds of worker...Read More

Pay Off a Mortgage or Invest? 3 Steps – You Decide

Key Points Paying off a mortgage early could reduce overall interest paid over time Investing the funds could yield a better return than mortgage interest saved With interest rates changing, it may be time to reevaluate your options Entering retirement with the mortgage paid off is a common aspiration. Paying off a home loan even sooner than that c...Read More

5 Scams Aimed at Baby Boomers

If you’re visiting your mom or dad and see an excessive amount of junk mail, take note: Your parent might be a prime target for fraud. “If your parents’ mail is filled with sweepstakes notifications, free gift offers and more magazines than they could possibly read, chances are good they’re on a ‘sucker list,'” w...Read More

3 Tips for Selling Investments

Key Points Knowing when to sell is just as important to building wealth as knowing when to buy Emotional decision making could impair your ability to make good long-term choices Rebalancing your portfolio on a regular basis can help lock in gains and avoid losses On May 17, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index dropped 373 points after a ser...Read More

Preparing for Retirement: Top Trends

Key Points Most workers are preparing for retirement, but many aren’t sure whether they’re saving enough About 37% of workers expect they’ll need $1 million or more in retirement savings Those with a formal plan are almost twice as likely to feel confident about the future Most Americans are fairly confident about preparing for retirement – are you...Read More

Redefining Your Legacy: Entrepreneurship After 50

The way that the media portrays our leading entrepreneurs, you’d be inclined to believe that entrepreneurship is only made for the younger generation, willing to eat ramen noodles and couch surf until their startup “makes it”, if it ever does. What you don’t see is the boom in 50+ entrepreneurs entering into the equation. For those dreaming of turn...Read More

Talking Money with Siblings: Beyond Rivalry

Key Points Nearly two-thirds of siblings talk about money with each other While financial conflicts are rare, they usually involve issues regarding parents Uniting to deal with money issues can help protect family assets Talking about money with immediate family members is not always an easy conversation to initiate. Why? For starters, the conversa...Read More

Everyone Loves a Bargain

I’m a world traveler and I’m here to help. Grown adults from the U.S. and Canada can find themselves shaking in their boots, confused, frustrated, or even angry when it comes to bargaining for goods in foreign countries. It’s safe to say that most Anglos find it distasteful, yet bargaining is inherent in many cultures around the world. Native peopl...Read More

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