Should you take a loan from your retirement account?

In the wake of the pandemic, many Americans have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. One avenue is to take a loan from their retirement accounts. But should you? This question suggests a multitude of responses and is one of the most frequently asked questions by retirement participants. Let’s take a …

The SECURE Act. Ready or not, here it comes

It’s been a long time coming but Congress just passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. President Trump signed the bill on Friday, December 20, 2019 as part of the government’s spending bill and it took effect January 1, 2020. So how will the SECURE Act effect your retirement savings? Below …

How to detect and avoid email scams?        

Everyone connected to the internet receives emails in some form and almost certainly has been sent an email considered fraud. 2.7 million emails are sent every second and about 60% of those are what IT security professionals would consider fraud. The most common type of fraud is called “Phishing”, a social act in which the …

Staying proactive with your finances

Does thinking about finances overwhelm you? Is it hard to find quality advice amidst all the noise modern life has? The pressure from knowing when to upgrade your iPhone and when to dine in rather than out, all impacts the stress an individual may feel. Social media also plays a role in society’s finances. The …

Life insurance: Do you need it?  

The choices in life insurance policies can be confusing. Life insurance needs vary depending on your situation and it can be hard to know exactly where to start. The real question is do you need life insurance? According to the 2019 Insurance Barometer Study (Life Happens/LIMRA), 40% of those without insurance coverage would have immediate …

Boost your retirement savings

When it comes to saving for retirement, maxing out your 401(k) and/or Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is just the beginning. Here are four scenarios in which you may be able to give your savings an extra boost. 1. Your spouse doesn’t work So long as you have earned income, your nonworking spouse can maintain a …

A better cash strategy

Cash in with a better cash strategy, earn higher interest Do your bank deposits still earn next to nothing? They shouldn’t be, and you don’t have to take it anymore. I know that banks haven’t paid much in interest since the last financial crisis, but times have changed. Your accounts should be yielding something closer …

Tax loss harvesting: why bother?

When it comes to portfolios, some things stay the same no matter the generation of investor. At any age people hate losing money and love talking about their winning investments. I’ve practiced in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and I am amazed at how many stories I’ve heard about “the best …