Traditional vs. Roth IRAs

Perhaps both traditional and Roth IRAs can play a part in your retirement plans. IRAs can be an important tool in your retirement savings belt, and whichever you choose to open could have a significant [...]

Your Emergency Fund: How Much is Enough?

An emergency fund may help alleviate the stress associated with a financial crisis. Have you ever had one of those months? The water heater stops heating, the dishwasher stops washing, and your family ends up [...]

Tax Considerations for Retirees

Are you aware of them?      The federal government offers some major tax breaks for older Americans. Some of these perks deserve more publicity than they receive. If you are 65 or older, your [...]

Debunking a Few Popular Retirement Myths

It seems high time to dispel some of these misconceptions. Generalizations about money and retirement linger. Some have been around for decades, and some new clichés have recently joined their ranks. Let’s examine a few. [...]

What People Overlook When Shopping for Life Insurance

A few realities that must be acknowledged. Shopping for life insurance means paying attention to detail. In scrutinizing these details, however, some fundamental, big-picture truths may be ignored. If you want to renew or upgrade [...]

Who Is Your Trusted Contact?

This vital investment account question should be answered sooner rather than later. Investment firms have a new client service requirement. They must now ask you if you want to provide the name and information of [...]

Financial Elder Abuse: Perception vs. Reality

Someday, you or your parents could be at risk. You may know victims of financial elder abuse. According to a new Wells Fargo Elder Needs Survey, almost half of Americans do.1 As you read or [...]

Why You Should Have an Online Social Security Account

In monitoring your Social Security profile, you may help to thwart fraud.  Could your personal information soon be stolen? The possibility cannot be dismissed. Sensitive financial and medical data pertaining to your life may not [...]

Good Reasons to Retire Later

Working longer might work out well for you. Are you in your fifties and unsure if you have enough retirement savings? Then you have two basic financial choices. You could start saving and investing more [...]