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Getting Kids and Wallets Ready for College

Jacob Gold | Posted 07.24.2014 | College
Jacob Gold

Use the college process as an opportunity to teach financial lessons to your children by getting them involved in the decision-making process around savings and budgeting. By saving early and planning ahead, you and your family will be in a stronger position to tackle all of life's expenses from college to retirement.

'Click': Are You Ready for the Big Switch?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

At the moment of retirement, our paycheck stops like a light switching off. (Click!) For many, Social Security checks are significantly lighter than a regular paycheck, and yet, most of us still do next to nothing to adjust to this new reality.

Why Saving For Retirement Is More Important Than Saving For College

Shannon McNay | Posted 07.17.2014 | Money
Shannon McNay

Given the high cost of student loan debt, it might seem crazy that I would prioritize saving for retirement over college funds. (Even more so considering that I work for a company that helps people pay off their debt.) But I believe in a holistic approach to debt freedom.

Ann Brenoff

5 Money Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Retirement

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.10.2014 | Fifty

As the Hippocratic Oath is often (wrongly) credited with saying, "First do no harm." With that philosophy in mind, here are five money mistakes you ma...

How Your Employer Could Be Losing You Thousands of Dollars

Jennifer Erickson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Jennifer Erickson

Employers might not be paying much attention to the fraction of a percentage point in fees that separate many 401(k) plan providers, but they should.

Why Working Longer May Be The Only Retirement Strategy That Makes Sense

Sara Rix | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Sara Rix

Young adults are not leaving home these days, or they are boomeranging back, as many parents well know. Indeed, the successful launch of the young is occurring later and later.

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Bucket lists do not just have to be the subject of movies. Write one. Make it ambitious. Start checking it off. Climb that mountain. Visit the seven wonders. Take those dance lessons. Buy that weekend car you always dreamed of driving

Financial Advice for New Fathers

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

Each year when Father's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I wouldn't trade the experience of raising my two kids for the world. But when I think back to how naïve my wife and I once were about the costs of raising children, I can't help wishing we'd been better prepared.

How Retirement In The U.S. Stacks Up Against The Rest Of The World

Next Avenue | Richard Eisenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg We hear constantly how Americans are unprepared for retirement and hugely pessimistic about our pr...

One Retirement Budgeting Binge Can Transform the Rest of Your Life

Jerry Patterson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

So what does binging have to do with retirement planning? Most would say not much, but for many of us binging may be an answer to the age-old problem of seizing control of your financial destiny.

"You're Fired!" 4 Survival tips for a 30-year Termination, aka Retirement

Jerry Patterson | Posted 07.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

What would happen to you right now if you were unemployable for the next 30 years? It would be a disaster for many, if not most people. Some would be forced to take dramatic measures to stay fed, clothed, warm and safe.

The 5 Best -- And 5 Worst -- States To Retire In

Next Avenue | Richard Eisenberg | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg The folks at Bankrate.com have just released their annual list of The Best States to Retire — an...

Help Your Mom Get Organized for Mother's Day

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

While flowers and candy offer immediate gratification (feel free to get her those as well), I'll bet your mom will truly appreciate the long-term value of getting her records in order now so that she -- and you -- will be able to take appropriate actions later on, should the need arise.

Congrats! You've Been Auto-Enrolled -- Now What?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Congratulations! You were just automatically enrolled in a 401(k) plan by your employer. Should you be relieved or should you call the police?

4 Money Tips That Will Help Jumpstart Your Retirement

The Fidelity Viewpoints Team | Posted 04.28.2014 | Fifty
The Fidelity Viewpoints Team

Retirement is not a destination but a journey--the accumulation of many steps over many years. Whether retirement is months or years away for you, it's crucial to begin thinking about how you'll support yourself once you're relishing post-employment life.

Over 60% Of Americans Aren't Ready For This

Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty

Many of us consider retirement a reward we deserve in exchange for a lifetime of hard work. But of course, hard work alone won't get you where you nee...

How Do Your Retirement Savings Stack Up?

Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty

Americans are living longer than ever before, so it's crucial to have enough funds packed away in the bank. It's pretty simple: when it comes to start...

11 Easy Changes To Save You Money Right Now

Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty

No one complains about having too much money in the bank. But when you're finally done punching that clock, not having enough cash when you really nee...

10 Things I Learned in My 20s About Investing

Lee Wang | Posted 06.16.2014 | Money
Lee Wang

I didn't want to work the next five, 10, or 30 years of my life and have nothing to show for it. I started to venture outside my comfort zone and aggressively learn and invest moderately. That's not to say I have a grand portfolio, but I've definitely put myself in a position to succeed.

Last-Minute Tax Strategies To Be Retirement Ready

James Nichols | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
James Nichols

Abraham Lincoln once said, "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Following these tips can help you conquer the panic today of tomorrow's tax-filing responsibility while simultaneously building your nest egg and driving increased retirement readiness.

The Hidden Costs of Retirement

Manilla.com | Posted 06.11.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

Once you determine how your current expenses are going to change during your retirement years, you can start to understand how much you'll really need to save.

5 Important Money Habits You Can Start Before You're 25

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

The earlier you begin saving money and the earlier you begin managing debt, the more likely you will be able to react to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Will You Outlive Your Money? Simple Question, But Do You Have the Answer?

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Don't be a deer in the headlights. Figure out the answer to the question.

Let's Help Young People Save for Retirement

John Pelletier | Posted 05.26.2014 | Money
John Pelletier

Our retirement system doesn't work very well for many young employees in our country; That is unfortunate, because money saved when you are young is more potent than money you put away when you are old.

6 Lessons March Madness Can Teach on Retirement Investing

Richard Barrington | Posted 05.21.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Those bracket pool entries are probably the most heavily researched investments most people ever make. Perhaps some of that careful due diligence can be carried over to principles that will help people manage their retirement savings.