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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

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

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

3 Tips When It Comes To Money and Our Adult Kids

  –  Millennials are navigating a tough job market and a post-recession economy –  Financially supporting adult children could deprive them of “teachable moments” –  Sharing your experiences is an invaluable way to teach fiscal responsibility     You probably talked to your kids about money when they were younger — ...Read More

Social Security: How to Plan Around Uncertainty

Key Points ****************** Americans are not confident in Social Security solvency, according to new research Benefit amounts can vary greatly based on the age that you begin collecting Legislative standoff could make other sources of retirement income more crucial ******************* Social Security has been serving as a safety net for over 80 ...Read More

Want An Early Retirement? 3 Key Questions – and Some Tips

  Whether you want to pursue old passions and new hobbies, travel the world, or spend more time with family, many of us dream about an early retirement. The amount of money you will need to retire early depends on your goals, lifestyle and a range of other factors. There are emotional and financial components to planning for an early retiremen...Read More

Your Home Mortgage: Think Carefully

Key Points If you have extra funds left over after your expenses are paid each month, weigh your options carefully before deciding whether to pay extra on your mortgage or invest more in the market. In addition to weighing interest rates vs potential returns on investments, consider how near or far you are from retirement and how much time you have...Read More

Happy Couples – Their Top 5 Money Habits!

What are the secrets of financially happy couples? The Ameriprise study on couples and money provides some interesting answers. Key Points Most couples agree on money, but those who are not in tune financially tend to have issues communicating on financial matters. While the majority of couples have different money management styles, two-thirds hav...Read More

Tax Refund Coming? Here’s Some Pointers

The tax filing season is drawing to a close, and with it comes thousands of dollars of tax returns. Whether your getting a hefty return or just lining your pockets, here are a few tips that could help make those returns last a little longer. Jimmy Goodrum, district manager for State (NC) Employees Credit Union, said recipients need to understand th...Read More

Friend, Family with Money Problems? Here’s Some Tips

When loved ones struggle with finances, it’s natural to want to help. However, sometimes it’s difficult to provide assistance without straining a relationship or compromising one’s own financial well-being. “The economy may be getting better, but many consumers are still struggling to make ends meet,” said Mike Sulliva...Read More

The Family Money Talk – Tips & How-To’s

Do you feel uncomfortable discussing topics such as life insurance needs, health care costs and education financing with your parents, your kids or even your siblings? If so, you’re not alone. According to a new Ameriprise Financial study, the majority of Americans approach family money talks with a similar sense of apprehension. But many of them f...Read More

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