The digital revolution has enriched our lives in many ways. We can stay in more frequent contact with family across the country, meet new friends around the world, enjoy the convenience of online banking, and buy practically anything we need without leaving the home.
Many people are aware that married couples can receive Social Security based on their spouse’s work record. But what a lot of people don’t know is that divorced individuals can do so too. This option could help increase your Social Security benefits in retirement, although you should be aware of the caveats as well.
Cash balance plans are an increasingly popular retirement planning tool. Given their generous contribution limits, you could quickly build a sizable nest egg while reducing your income taxes. But are these plans right for you? To help you decide, we take a look at what they are, who they work best for, and their potential pros and cons.
Many 50-somethings are at some sort of crossroads in life. Several major events like getting married, having kids or buying a house have already happened to them. Their children are growing up, becoming financially independent and could be headed off to college in the fall or are even beginning to start a family of their own. When expenses start to taper off, it is the ideal time for 50-somethings to take a closer look at their retirement savings and start ramping up contributions, especially if they aren’t on track to reach their goals.
It’s never easy to watch family members struggle with their finances. Even though it can be tempting to loan them money, it is only a temporary fix that won’t last if they’ve instilled bad money habits in their financial routine. When it comes to addressing your concerns with a family member who’s struggling with money management, it can be scary. On one hand, you want your loved one to get his or her financial situation under control, but you don't want to destroy your relationship in the process. Read on to learn more about how to better help family members who are bad at money.
There are many financial “bad habits” that can leave you in debt. Sometimes they lure you in with the promise of being a "smart financial move" while others are more glaringly obvious to avoid. Unfortunately, you can’t hop into a time machine to go back and undo your past financial mistakes. However, you can take steps to avoid common pitfalls and hang on to more of your hard-earned cash. The most important bad money habits are not adhering to a budget, making emotional purchases and only having one source of income.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and couples are looking for the perfect gift that says, “I love you.” According to WalletHub, Valentine’s Day is the third-largest consumer holiday in the U.S. In fact, shoppers spend more than $18 billion per year in the name of love with the average person spending close to $140. Be sure to make smart financial decisions by remembering the true meaning of the holiday, exploring alternative options for gifts and insuring pricey jewelry.
You just inherited a large sum of money. Now what? Whether it’s a few thousand, or a few hundred thousand, it’s important to make the most of your sudden windfall and leverage it to your financial benefit. Far too often, people who have a large sum of cash fall into their lap don’t take advantage of it. According to MarketWatch, one study found that one third of people who received an inheritance had negative savings within two years. So before you splurge on a new sports car or a tropical vacation, take time to evaluate your current financial situation so that you can maximize your inheritance for long-term financial security.