Budgeting

Grow Savings or Trim Debt?

If you’re like most young adults, you juggle many financial priorities at once. With only so much cash to go around each month, how do you know what to put at the top of your money list? Should you build a nest egg or pay off debt?

Most personal financial advice focuses on one or the other but doesn’t explain how to decide if you want to accomplish both. Here’s what to consider:

Take stock of your savings. The size of your savings plays a big role in deciding whether to sock away more or whittle your debt.

$ Decisions: Small Is Better

I spend a lot of time helping people make financial choices, sometimes about business and sometimes about personal life. In both cases and in many more, breaking huge issues and questions into smaller choices makes problems much easier to manage.

Luxury Purchases: A How-To

What’s on your dream list? A yacht? A Lamborghini? Or a house in a summer resort? Well into your career and financially secure with extra money to spend, you now look for a treat, a reward for all the hard work of your youth. Advisors, however, have some important caveats for you when you plan to make such luxury purchases.

Getting Financially Fit

Like maintaining your physical health, finances fitness takes consistent effort and discipline.

Retire Early? 14 Snags (Pt. 1)

Who doesn’t want to retire early? Unfortunately, if you’re like many people you won’t be able to. Here is the first of two articles looking at 14 reasons that early retirement might elude you.

Some of the reasons involve how you handle money, but others focus on your mindset and expectations or on factors beyond your control.

Tackling Financial Transitions

Everyone goes through transitions in life, ready or not. Moving, switching jobs, getting married, having children – each one creates additional financial challenges. Some of life’s changes are foreseeable, while others catch us unprepared. Taking the necessary precautions is key to ensuring your financial stability amid these shifts.

Preparing for the Unexpected

You probably go through many days feeling invincible. Bad things – or even just the weird and unexpected – happen to other people, not you. Wrong. When life throws you curves, almost always when you least expect, you need ready cash.

One possible curve: You come home to a wild turkey in your living room. A few months ago, one of my clients took a weekend trip with her boyfriend. On Saturday, they got engaged. On Sunday, they received a call that the patio door on their apartment “blew out.”

Avoiding Financial Paralysis

For all these years I work with families, I notice one characteristic they have in common. When facing financial choices, they too often become paralyzed out of leeriness they will make the wrong ones. The answer is to get a good handle on their financial picture, so they can act.

Don’t get me wrong. They’re incredibly bright, they are achievers for most of their lives, and they have the financial success that they always expected. But these qualities work together to create a storm of fear that prevents them from making decisions and taking steps forward.

Women’s Financial Planning

In his best-seller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, John Gray talks about men “going to their caves.” Yet in financial planning, both genders often retreat from difficult situations and decisions. This harms financial futures – especially women’s.

Families’ Savings Tips

Raising a family is expensive. Before my wife and I had our first son, I was terrified. We were decent at managing our finances, but I suddenly felt that I had holes in all my pockets. I’m sure other families feel this pinch and constantly look for ways to cut costs.

Try some of the following money-saving tips and use them to take charge of your budget.

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