Taking Charge of Your Financial Life

Delegating responsibilities to others may lead to problems down the road. When you are putting together a household, it isn’t unusual to delegate responsibilities. One spouse or partner may take on the laundry, while another [...]

Ten Years, Tremendous Gains

A look at where stocks were in 2009 and how they have performed since. Where were you on March 9, 2009? Do you remember the headwinds hitting Wall Street then? When the closing bell rang [...]

Are You Retiring Within the Next 5 Years?

What should you focus on as the transition approaches? You can prepare for your retirement transition years before it occurs. In doing so, you can do your best to avoid the kind of financial surprises [...]

Three Key Questions to Answer Before Taking Social Security

When to start? Should I continue to work? How can I maximize my benefit? Social Security will be a critical component of your financial strategy in retirement, so before you begin taking it, you should [...]

Taking a Loan from Your Retirement Plan = Bad Idea

Why you should refrain from making this move. Thinking about borrowing money from your 401(k), 403(b), or 457 account? Think twice about that because these loans are not only risky, but injurious, to your retirement [...]

Starting a Roth IRA for a Child or Grandchild

This early financial decision could prove profoundly positive over time. Do you have a child or grandchild earning some income? Indirectly, that after-school or summer job might present a savings opportunity for that teenager. You [...]

Is Generation X Preparing Adequately for Retirement?

Future financial needs may be underestimated. If you were born during 1965-80, you belong to “Generation X.” Ten or twenty years ago, you may have thought of retirement as an event in the lives of [...]

Bad Money Habits to Break

Behaviors worth changing. Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, now is as good [...]

Long-Term Investing Truths

Key lessons for retirement savers. You learn lessons as you invest in pursuit of long-term goals. Some of these lessons are conveyed and reinforced when you begin saving for retirement, and others, you glean along [...]

Behind on Your Retirement Savings?

What steps could you take to try and catch up? If life has not allowed you to build substantial retirement savings, what possible steps could you take in an effort to improve your retirement prospects? [...]