Saving Your Elderly Parents from Financial Fraud

Talk about precautions with the seniors in your family.   Elders are financially defrauded in this country on a daily basis. Only a few of these crimes are made public. In fact, the National Adult

TOD or Living Trust?

A look at two basic methods for shielding assets from probate.   How do you keep assets out of probate? If that estate planning question is on your mind, you should know that there are

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

When You Retire Without Enough

Start your “second act” with inadequate assets, and your vision of the future may be revised.  How much have you saved for retirement? Are you on pace to amass a retirement fund of $1 million

How Retirement Spending Changes With Time

Once away from work, your cost of living may rise before it falls.  New retirees sometimes worry that they are spending too much, too soon. Should they scale back? Are they at risk of outliving

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

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

Smart Financial Steps After College

A to-do list for the twentysomething.  Did you recently graduate from college? The years after graduation are crucial not only for getting a career underway, but also for planning financial progress. Consider making these money

Will Debt Spoil Too Many Retirements?

What pre-retirees owe could compromise their future quality of life. The key points of retirement planning are easily stated. Start saving and investing early in life. Save and invest consistently. Avoid drawing down your savings