3 Questions That Can Lead You to a Better Retirement

How do we decide what percentage of our income to earmark for retirement? Undoubtedly we think about the bills we have to pay, the medical expenses we might incur, the food and personal care items we need to purchase. This is a solid start — putting any amount of money aside for retirement is smart … 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

5 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Even if you haven’t yet entered the working world, you can probably assume you will want to retire and some point. While most Americans have similar goals for a debt-free, affordable post-working life, you might not realize how much work (outside the office) it takes to get there. You probably are not saving enough, or … Read more

All Retirement Fears Boil Down to the Same Thing – Not Enough Money

A recent retirement poll cited too much debt as number four on its list of US fears and that even affluent populations are afraid of running out of money. Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) March 03, 2015 A recent poll from Bankrate.com focuses on Americans’retirement fears about medical bills and that affluent populations are afraid of … 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

Reduce Your Spending and Save More. Now.

Here’s some good news. Fidelity Investments recently reported that the number of 401(k) millionaires on their books has doubled over the past two years. Specifically, they went from 34,920 accounts with million-dollar balances to, as of the end of 2014, 72,379 accounts with seven-figure balances. That’s wonderful for those folks. The bad news is that … Read more

Should I Payoff My Navient Student Loans or Save for Retirement?

“Dear Steve, I’m 34 years old, single, graduated a college when I was 26. Currently I have 2 student loans: 1. Navient Student Loans: $ 25,387.21, 5.25%, monthly payment of $ 235.41 2. AES Student Loans: $17,152.33, 5.125%, monthly payment of $ 186.68 I have about $10k in a saving account (with 1% interest), and … Read more

Student Loan Debt Robs Many of Retirement

A new report out by the public policy organization Demos, confirms what I’ve feared for too long. Student loan debt robs people of retirement wealth. The growing burden of student loan debt and the limited options to manage that debt are leading to more and more people becoming so caught up in financial slavery that … Read more

Odds Are You Are Going to Retire Hungry and Poor

Americans can be in as much current day denial as they want to about their future and what retirement will look like but recent studies show a significant number of people are not at all confident they will be able to retire with adequate income and savings. According to the Employee Benefit Research institute, 49 … Read more

The Saddest Avoidable Mistake People Make When Getting Out of Debt

It is painful for me to watch people make the same ignorant and stupid mistake time and time again when getting out of debt. And what is the number on mistake that screws up their financial future in an effort to repair their financial past? Keep reading to find out. People make all sorts of … Read more

I’m 62 Years Old and Saving Hard for Retirement. What About Our Other Debt? – Michael

“Dear Steve, I am 62 yo, wife is 61 yo. Our combined stats: -We have $27k in credit card debt (0% interest, due to finding 12-18 month 0% promotional rates), -$200k home mortgage using a 5/5 arm at 2.75% which amounts to a $1000/month P&I payment–our property tax in NJ is $1000/month, -$400k in retirement … Read more

Should I Keep Investing in My IRA or Pay Off My Home?

“Dear Steve, Bought a home a year ago after finishing paying off students loans (am currently 27). I started contributing to a Roth about 6 months before I purchased the home and am now wondering if I should continue to max out the Roth or pay off the house faster? M” Dear M, I think … Read more

Debt Snowball is Reducing Our Debt But What Next? – Doris

“Dear Steve, We owe 172,000.00 on our house and live in CA. We are in our late 4o’s with a net worth of 200,000.00 not including my pension. We both have another 20 or so years to retire. My husband is self employed as a painter therefore we have to put away extra retirement for … Read more

American’s Freaking Out About Having Enough Money to Retire

A Pew Research study just out paints a disturbing picture of what lies ahead for many in retirement. Let me summarize the results of the report for you, half of people better start enjoying dog food. According to the survey results, about four-in-ten (38%) adults says they not confident they will have enough income in … Read more