Living as a married couple, saving for kids, buying a house, helping aging parents. Sound familiar? Many of our staff here at Betterment HQ are also Betterment customers trying to meet all these financial goals. And like you, they care about keeping costs low and doing the smart thing with their money for better peace of mind.
In a recent TD Bank Financial Education survey, we learned that nearly 70 percent of Millennials (ages 18-34) have never received formal financial education. Moreover, 76 percent of Millennials reported that they are seeking financial advice, from basic information about checking and savings accounts to more complicated topics, such as mortgages and starting a small business.
According to this article from Dave Ramsey's website, "the majority of American workers, 69 percent, have less than $50,000 saved for retirement -- 36 percent have less than $1,000."
Money for nothing doesn't exist, but something does come close: generating money through compound interest. One of the most common ways investors generate compound interest is by investing in a diversified portfolio of ingredients from the financial markets: stocks, bonds, real estate, and commodities.
Ongoing droughts have bumped up prices for produce and produced a trickle-down effect on meat, since feeding cattle has become costlier. At the same time, a virus has been plaguing pigs across the nation, spiking prices on pork. It's not a pretty picture just as barbecue season goes into full swing. But you can still find ways to grocery shop on a budget, especially if you know where to expect the hikes.
Certain prepaid cards are specifically designed with parents and teens in mind -- giving parents the ability to have control over how their teen is spending money. Using a card like this will help your teen develop into a financially savvy and responsible adult, while keeping the risks of offering them more financial independence at bay.