Financial Living Blog

Feel More Confident with This Retirement Planning Checklist

Apr 11, 2019 1:57:54 PM

A comfortable retirement isn’t achieved on hope alone. It involves a series of important decisions, which put together can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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8 Painless Lifestyle Moves to Help Free Up Retirement Income

Apr 3, 2019 10:01:16 AM

How do you pack for a race to the South Pole? Though you must prepare for harsh conditions, you can’t bring along every tool imaginable. You need to be nimble enough to make good time and traverse Antarctica’s cold, uneven terrain. Therefore, you must be meticulous in your planning, with thoughts on the challenges you may face and the ways you’ll adapt your plan to overcome them.

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How to Save for Short-, Medium- and Long-Term Financial Goals

Feb 27, 2019 9:23:20 AM

Not all financial goals are alike, so the way you save for each one should be different, too. Think about it. You don’t save for a vacation in an IRA and you don’t save for retirement in a low-interest savings account.

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Should You Be Saving in an IRA?

Feb 20, 2019 9:39:04 AM

You know you want to retire at some point. What you may not know is if you’re doing all the right things to get there. Are you saving enough? Are you even saving in the appropriate retirement account?

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Should You Save or Invest Your Tax Refund?

Feb 13, 2019 9:01:27 AM

Every dollar is a decision to be made. Should you spend it? Save it? How about invest it?

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Student Loan Debt: A Growing Problem for Older Adults, Too

Feb 1, 2019 7:51:24 AM

There’s nothing wrong with wanting the best for your children and your grandchildren. Specifically, the best tools for them to succeed. Therefore, you might not bat an eye when a child or grandchild asks you for help to pay for college.

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Getting Rid of Debt Before You Retire

Jan 4, 2019 9:18:51 AM

Retirement is about utilizing each dollar of your accumulated wealth to live comfortably on your terms and, hopefully, fulfill some of your biggest dreams. At least, this is how retirement is supposed to work. Unfortunately, people too often find their financial futures hindered by debt.

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How to Catch Up on Saving for Retirement

Dec 19, 2018 11:00:55 AM

On January 3, 1993, the Buffalo Bills miraculously pulled off a 41-38 overtime upset over the Houston Oilers in an AFC playoff game that remains the largest come-from-behind victory in NFL history. To this day, it is commonly referred to as “The Comeback.” Such an unbelievable, overcoming-the-odds story can provide some much-needed inspiration to those nearing retirement age with little to no savings. 

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Spousal IRA: How Stay-at-Home Parents Can Save for Retirement

Dec 13, 2018 2:25:28 PM

There are many great reasons to be a stay-at-home parent. To name a few, it can make financial sense when you factor in the costs of daycare. You and your spouse don’t have to juggle two busy work schedules. And, most importantly, you get to spend valuable time with your children as they grow.

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What to Know About Variable Annuities

Nov 1, 2018 8:59:23 AM

Annuities are one of the most heavily marketed financial products to retirement-age people. They are often sold as the solution to a retiree’s greatest fear: outliving your money in retirement. But, with the potential for guaranteed income from an annuity, do you have to sacrifice the potential for growing your money?

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