Separate finances? How to combine when getting married

Issues related to money can be troubling and detrimental in many relationships, but many of the conflicts arising from money issues are avoidable if you address them effectively. Consider the items below as our suggested “to‑do list” as you or someone you know is starting to merge separate finances and while preparing for a future …

Retirement: not saving enough isn’t your only concern

You know when you want to retire and you’re laser-focused on saving to get there. However, retirement planning isn’t JUST about saving enough money. There are other factors you need to consider. Otherwise, it won’t matter how much you save if you don’t plan properly. The unexpected You may have already jotted down what you …

4 Major retirement pitfalls to avoid

People like to avoid talking about retirement. It’s a moment for many to become a real-life ostrich and bury their heads firmly in the sand. Why? They think retirement planning is a conversation that focuses on the end of your life, so they ignore it. However, it’s about how to best enjoy your life. To …

Money: 4 rules of thumb

How much should I save for retirement? How much house can I afford? How much should I save for emergencies? These are important questions to consider for your financial future. Here’s a breakdown of the money rules of thumb that should help shape your financial plan. Retirement savings Rule of thumb: at least 10% of …

Save $68,000 in retirement: Financial advisor cuts cord

My weekend started like most other lazy family days – recovering from a busy work week. After breakfast and after the kids carefully loaded their dirty dishes into the washer, the young ones drifted over to the couch for a little Saturday morning TV. These days, Saturday morning cartoons are different than my experience. I …

Retirement playbook: 5 step strategy

When you think about retirement planning, what comes to mind? Money? While that’s a legitimate concern, most people skip over the all-important first step. It has nothing to do with money and overlooking it could mean you’re not adequately preparing for your future. That first step is just one of five that will help get …

Is your Social Security income keeping up?

Social Security is a vital source of needed revenue to American retirees who spent an entire career paying into this government program. This monthly income helps millions of U.S. Households meet their expenses, pay for health care and support their families. Many lose sleep over the state of this vital government program. It is widely …

The rules to remember for your money

The rules of thumb for financial planning are helpful because they create easy to remember strategies for difficult financial concepts. The problem that is these rules of thumbs can be misinterpreted, misused, or misunderstood. Let’s break down the crucial rules of thumb and discuss the best way to apply them to your life to create …