Money & Finance

Choosing a Financial Planner – Some Advice

Even for the business-savvy, finding a financial advisor isn’t easy. Consider a lawyer friend, who went hunting for financial help after her husband died. The woman — who will remain un-named — sought recommendations from friends and her accountant, met with eight different candidates, asked explicit questions about how they would...Read More

Men vs Women: Savings for Financial Independence

Is the world financially stacked against women? Why do women lag in retirement savings as compared to men? Are women at a disadvantage for reasons too numerous to list? Is it sexism? Are females not good savers? Big spenders? Is it really true that women get paid less for the same work performed? Is the world financially stacked up against women? I...Read More

Boomers: Think Twice About Retiring!

Forget about retirement, Baby Boomers. We’ll be working for the rest of our lives. OK, that may be an exaggeration, but not by much. We have not saved enough money. And worse, many of us will still be up to our eyeballs in debt when we do retire. We’re just one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. One survey says the average Baby Boo...Read More

Planning – making those future years golden

Remember “The Talk,” when mom or dad sat you down to explain the facts of life? Well, it may be time for you to initiate “The Talk” again, but focusing this time not on how life begins but how it should end, even if that end is several decades from now. “I hope people will recognize there are things they should think a...Read More

6 Signs That You’re Ready (Maybe) to Retire Early

You may dream of retiring long before a traditional 60-something retirement age, but be careful about making that leap too soon. If you're not emotionally ready to quit working, you may not be ready to retire.

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

Need a Lifestyle “Do-Over?” Here’s 8 Great Steps – Just for Us!

Here’s a truth.  It’s simple.  After Fifty, opportunities for “do-overs” are few and far between. A friend colored my hair for me. Kind of a friend.  And, thank heavens I know someone who can strip out this awful color.  Ahhhh, thanks for do-overs!  But other situations, sometimes with far reaching implications, just can’t be R...Read More

Thinking Retirement? Here’s Our Top $$ Tips

Thinking Retirement?  Planning on just “letting it happen?”  Go ahead.  Give it a little thought – and these tips can really help! Have a discovery phase Call it an assessment, checkup or discovery, but a key part of planning for retirement is taking an overall look at what’s going on. See where your money is invested, check...Read More

Need A Financial Planner? 6 Important Steps BEFORE You Sign On

You spend a lifetime working and saving, amassing a retirement nest egg and wondering how best to invest it and make it last. Then you meet a financial adviser at a free investment seminar at work. You come to trust the planner, who advises you to take a lump-sum payout of your retirement account and let him reinvest it. He says the money will last...Read More

Retirement Ideas? One Size May Not Fit All!

One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to retirement advice. In fact, some of the most time-honored rules of thumb for managing your finances after the end of your primary working years may not make sense in your specific situation. On the other hand, they might make perfect sense. As is usually the case, whether retirement...Read More

Creating Our Own Pensions – Lets Do It!

I know many of our readers are not “average.” However, if average Joe can support his retirement on as little as $200,000 savings, imagine what you can do with the amount you have! By reading the chart below, you can see that the average spending for retirement households age 65 – 74 is $46,000. It is tough to make that $46k amount with only ...Read More

Top Part Time Jobs For Retirees

If you’re a retiree looking to boost your monthly income you are not alone in your quest, 72% of adults age 50 and older say they want or need to keep working after they retire, and nearly half of current retirees say they either have worked or plan to work during retirement, according to a survey of more than 7,000 adults by Merrill Lynch Bank of ...Read More

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