The managers of well-run businesses usually name “backups” to keep things going smoothly — just in case. That’s also a smart plan for your personal finances, where you risk experiencing financial losses or other difficulties if you can’t make your own decisions because of a long illness or other unexpected problem. You might prepare for… Continue Reading Adding a Personal Backup With a Living Trust
Should you worry that debt relative to GDP is rising fast here and globally? You hear a lot of worrying about mounting government debt because many people are convinced that public debt is a main source of problems for any economy. And currently the debt ceiling limit – the legislative limit on the amount… Continue Reading Our National Debt and Gross Domestic Product
As your retirement draws closer, you will probably start to have lots of questions such as: How much Social Security will I receive? When should I retire? How will I know when to retire? Do I have enough saved? What will I need to do to maintain health insurance after I retire? The answers to… Continue Reading Key Considerations as You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits
Unlike verbal literacy, financial literacy isn’t often taught in schools—which means that many people may enter adulthood without having all the tools they need to make informed and effective financial decisions.1 Fortunately, gaining financial literacy doesn’t need to be a long or complicated process. Read on for three simple things you can do to work… Continue Reading How to Increase Your Financial Literacy
When saving for retirement, it often makes sense to contribute to employer-sponsored retirement plans to take advantage of any available employer match opportunities. However, not everyone has access to an employer-sponsored plan. Even if you do, there are reasons you may want to consider using Traditional and/or Roth IRAs to supplement your retirement savings. There… Continue Reading Retirement Planning: To Roth or Not to Roth?
Many have heard Social Security retirement benefits referred to as part of the “three-legged stool” of retirement: Social Security, a pension or defined benefit plan, and personal savings.1 The idea is that with these three sources of income, a retiree can ensure several steady streams of income without relying too heavily on just one “leg.”… Continue Reading The 3 Components of Social Security
Once upon a time, investing in the stock market involved ticker tape and a lot of phone calls. Today, most investors reach no further than their pocket for up-to-the-minute market updates, portfolio valuations, trading capabilities, and analytics. The property management industry is only now beginning to complete a similar transition, and many real estate investors… Continue Reading All online, all the time? Technology brings new benefits to hiring a property manager.
Most people who decide to purchase stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other investment vehicles do so understanding that there are risks associated with investing, but believing that the potential growth they may realize over time outweighs such risks. However, because there are no guarantees, investing assets can be a nerve-wracking experience – especially during periods… Continue Reading How Financial Asset Management May Help Investors Stay the Course
In 2020, the average FICO score in the U.S. rose to 711, an eight-point increase from 2019.1 When it comes to having healthy credit, your score is the result of many factors. But what specifically goes into someone’s credit report, and what steps can you take to improve your credit?1 Test your credit knowledge with… Continue Reading How Much Do You Know About Credit?
When approaching the latter part of life, it is easy to get caught up in achieving every goal on your bucket list. Individual lists vary widely, but often are filled with wild adventures like skydiving and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Bucket list items are the things one plans to do their entire… Continue Reading Re-thinking Your Bucket List