People fail at retirement planning for a variety of reasons, but one of them is that they get overwhelmed by the sheer size of the task. After all, when you calculate how much money it will cost to fund a comfortable retirement, reaching that goal can seem like scaling Everest.
The first day at a new job is full of excitement, anxiety, optimism and confusion. Am I dressed right? Will I fit in? Will I find the bathroom? Getting all those things right is important, of course. But some things that seem less pressing will have an even bigger impact on your future.
Wouldn't it be great to have a Certified Financial Planner™ for a best friend? Just think of all the advice you could get about how you might stay on track financially -- and how to make your money work harder for you.
When trying to make ourselves feel better about our financial situation, we often tell ourselves little lies that ease our minds about things. The problem is, if we tell ourselves these lies enough, we tend to start believing them.
For just about everybody, having a second baby is a financial as well as an emotional decision. That's because kids today come with a hefty price tag. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to age 18 is now upwards of $245,000.
Moving your debt around can give a false sense of relief. It makes you feel better about what you owe. That's a problem because most of us don't change until we can't stand a situation any longer. So you don't change anything about your behavior.
I'm generally against loaning money to family - including the kids. Instead, I recommend they find other resources. But sometimes lending money to kids can be a win-win. At the very least, it doesn't have to be a lose-lose.
An inheritance can bring up conflicting emotions, placing the positive of financial gain against the sadness of losing a loved one. Complicating the situation further, certain inheritances -- such as an IRA -- are more difficult to sort out than others.
No matter how many video lessons, blog posts, webinars, watch-lists and trade alerts I give, far too many of my students keep making the same mistake that prevents them from taking their accounts to the next level.
Loved ones kept encouraging me to be more open about my status as a path to healing my shame, but the thought literally petrified me. Would people judge me? Would my status distract them from the accomplishments I had made?
The premise is simple: borrow the amount you need plus a fee per $100 borrowed now, pay it back when your next paycheck arrives. Unfortunately, what often ends up happening is that the borrower can't pay back the amount borrowed within 14 days.
Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors will apply to college this year, in hopes of being accepted by their first choice. However, is the higher monetary cost of a more elite university worth the added sticker price?
The rents in this town are some of the highest in the country -- three times the national average. And while you may be able to save money on certain expenses -- like transportation -- the temptation to splurge on too many fancy dinners or indulge that shopping habit can be tough to resist.
When it comes to income taxes, many people think only of the money they earn in a paycheck. But the reality is that there are many other types of income that are subject to ordinary income taxes. And all of that income, in turn, can trigger taxes on Social Security benefits.
Credit repair can be a very spammy business, so much so that the government has gone to great lengths to regulate the services as much as possible. Even though there are rules that credit repair services must abide by, it doesn't mean that all of them do.
April 15th isn't the only deadline you need to keep in mind when it comes to staying on top of your taxes. Truly savvy planners also watch for December 31st, which is the cutoff to make some clever moves to maximize your savings come tax-time.