At face value, annuities offer a solid deal: guaranteed income for life. But they are not the most straightforward of products. Annuities can be a cash cow for insurance companies and the people who sell them — making it important for you to understand them and trust your source of information.
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.
Over 70% of adults have financial regrets, according to a Bankrate report, and their biggest financial worry is that they didn’t start saving for retirement early enough. Even high earners reported guilt over not saving for retirement early enough. Of course, there is much to consider when preparing for retirement. However, the source of regret for...Read More
When I was a stock broker in California – one of the hottest housing markets in the US – real-estate was my competition. “Everyone” was making money in real-estate so why would they invest in the stock market? I needed an angle I went to the Board of Realtors and got prices for 2-3 and 4 bedroom homes in the area, both at the current pr...Read More
It wasn’t a decision we took lightly. In fact, Billy and I discussed the idea of becoming car-free for several years. There were good reasons to do it: no more maintenance and repair costs; no more fees for insurance, license plate renewal, or registration; no more fuel expense; and no more worry about storing the vehicle here in the States w...Read More
Seniors lose $36.4 billion each year to financial abuse — $16.8 billion of which comes from deceptive investing tactics designed specifically to take advantage of older Americans.¹ Also known as “financial exploitation,” this type of investment fraud is defined by the use of misleading language to obtain account information and permission to access...Read More
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
One day you’re celebrating the first day at a new job. The next thing you know, toasts are being raised at your retirement party. With each passing year, the hands on the retirement clock spin faster. That’s why it’s wise to establish milestones — at 10 years, five years and one year out — to fine-tune investment strategies, buffer against market v...Read More
WELCOME BACK to our 3-part series on the benefits of working longer. Here we look at the financial advantages of staying in the workforce later-in-life. Now we know that financial factors are exactly what drive most people to work longer and a lot of people probably read the first article and thought, “Working longer? I have no choice!” But no m...Read More
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