Submitted by Claire Emory on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 12:00pm
As a child you pulled the blanket over your head to ward off the monsters. Your financial future is no monster – if you think ahead – but some people still insist on pulling up their blanket. Here are some sobering numbers and ways to get planning while you still have time.
Submitted by Rick Kahler on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 12:00pm
Index funds, which track the entire market or portions of it, do best for investors over time. These funds are called passively managed, because their components get selected automatically, according to index movements. But you shouldn’t be passive about managing them. You must be very active.
A fundamental principle I preach is that having a core of passively managed mutual funds is the foundation of successful long-term wealth building. I practice that principle, as well: About 75% of the securities in my personal portfolio are passively selected.
Submitted by Manisha Thakor on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:00pm
Many eventual retirees actually save enough, many only feel they save enough. Some lag and fall even further behind on the long trek of retirement planning. Here’s who they are and how they can catch up.
Mark Twain claimed British statesman Benjamin Disraeli said there are three kinds of untruths: “Lies, damn lies and statistics.” As a lifelong personal finance junkie, I qualify that yes, some statistics are distractions.
Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 3:00pm
Watching financial advisors put their own house in order teaches you about building your own plan. You’re never too young, and here’s why.
My husband Brian and I married two years ago. I went through our finances, combined accounts, changed names, updated beneficiaries and made a list of items to complete: wills, powers of attorney and additional life insurance for me.
Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 3:00pm
Too many people think retirement planning is simple. Then years later, they find they don’t have enough money to retire on. How did that happen?
They think you just throw some money into a savings account, with little regard for the account’s tax status, and put little thought into the investments. After all, the market always goes up, right? They assume if they save X amount of dollars today, then they should be fine 10 or 30 years down the road.
Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 3:00pm
You’ve met your financial planner to discuss your goals, written up your financial plan and signed on all the dotted lines to transfer your accounts. Congratulations, you have a financial planner. From new babies to a new inheritance, you now have many reasons to contact that professional. Here’s how to stay in contact.
(This is the last of four articles on what you can expect in the process of financial planning.)
Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 12:00pm
You’ve met your financial planner, talked over your future and spelled out your goals and money objectives both verbally and in writing. Now comes the paperwork to formally set up your plan and your relationship with the advisor.
(This is the third of four articles about what you can expect from the process of financial planning.)
Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 3:00pm
As summer comes to an end, it pays to take a good look at how flexible you are. When you plan for the future, you need to be adaptable. No one knows what tomorrow holds.
This is certainly true in the world of work. Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day. President Grover Cleveland signed it into law as a federal holiday in 1894 to placate unions, following a bloody and tumultuous strike at the Pullman Co., which made railcars. Today, the break on the first Monday of September is less about labor and more about recreation, cookouts and the mental end of summer.