Confused About Retirement Accounts? Read This

Saving for retirement is an important financial task. And while there are plenty of options available, many Americans are still confused about how best to prepare for retirement. In fact, only 34% of Americans said they were knowledgeable about independent retirement accounts, according to a recent study by the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. And only … Read more

Budgeting for Travel as Part of Your Retirement Planning

For years, you dreamed of traveling after you retired. Now the time is near and you’re ready to pack your bags, but you wonder how much it will cost and how you’ll budget for the trips you’re planning. To help us answer that question, we contacted Donna L. Hull. Since 2008, she’s traveled and blogged … Read more

Help! We’re Worried We’ll Outlive Our Retirement Savings

Jan and Tim need help deciding what to do with a lump sum of money. Call it something of a delayed inheritance. When they sold an inherited property, the couple extended a mortgage to the homebuyers. That worked nicely for years, but when the new homeowner eventually decided to get a new bank loan. That … Read more

Money Isn’t the Root of all Evil…it’s Procrastination

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Money is the root of all evil.” After 22 years of counseling hundreds of investors and savers, I’m pretty sure it’s procrastination. Procrastination can kill you when it comes to saving. Putting off saving, investing or planning for the future can be detrimental to your financial health. You’ve also seen … Read more

Baby Boomers, Gen X & Millennials: They All Have Their Money Problems

A new report confirms what we all fear to be true: Americans, no matter their age, are generally terrible at managing their money. In short, we all need to save more. A lot more. This insight comes from Financial Finesse, a think tank geared toward helping people reach financial independence and security, in its 2015 generational … Read more

Making Sure Loved Ones Are Prepared for Their Retirement Years

If a senior relative faces a sudden, debilitating illness or starts losing control of everyday finances, would you know where his or her retirement, estate and long-term care issues stand? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. In many families, it takes a crisis — a prolonged hospital stay or problems at home with … Read more

How One Couple Merged Their Money Over 17 Years

Bill and Eleanor Seavey started their marriage 17 years ago with a prenup. Neither can remember exactly when the agreement sunsetted, but clearly it has. They run a bed and breakfast together in Cambria, Calif., and it doesn’t make sense to them to have an account a spouse can’t access. “She has access to my money, and … Read more

10 Thousand People a Day are Retiring in America – Are You Ready?

As a college student studying finance, I would often hear of references to the baby boomer generation. It would typically be described as a very large mouse traveling through a skinny snake. Meaning there was this extremely large mass off people traveling through various stages of life. Now the tip of that metaphorical mouse has … Read more

More People Preparing to Eat Dog Food in Retirement

To make it through tough times more Americans have borrowed, stolen or raided their small retirement funds to make ends meet. Loans from retirement funds jumped 20 percent last year. This really can’t be a big surprise to many. Faced with difficult financial decisions people will tend to gravitate towards the oath that seems easiest … Read more

How Much Of My Annual Pay Should I Be Saving For Retirement?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been noticing quite a few searches coming to this site with people putting together their financial strategy for the new year, and asking one important question. How much annual pay should I be saving for retirement? It seems like a lot of folks are just unsure about how much … Read more

How Can We Pay Down Our Debt to Save For College? – Marie

“Dear Steve, I will try to make a long story short…Currently have approx $38K in credit card debt, $30K in HELOC, $195K in first mortgage, $8K in car loan. Husband is collecting disability for heart condition and works part-time. Our combined income with disability for husband and payments for our children, his part-time income and … Read more

How Can We Pay Off Our Debt and Put Kids Through College and Save for Retirement? – Bill

“Dear Steve, I have just turned 50 and my wife will be 49 in two months. We currently have roughly $177,000 in unsecured debt, mortgage for $183.000 on our home, a Home Equity Line of Credit for $50,000 and a loan of $64,000 against some acreage. We also have two car payments that total $575 … Read more

Donna Wants to Know “Should I Take My Money Out?”

“Dear Steve, I have my home paid for and owe nothing on my car, I have a rental that I owe $25000 and I have it rented for $475.00 month. My payment is $303 month and my insurance is $33.00 month and my taxes are $100 month. I want to sell my rental but with … Read more