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Last week, Morningstar published a report on the use of 529 accounts for college savings. It found that only 16% of families with young children are using 529 plans. While this number is not necessarily shocking, it is unfortunate that families are leaving money on the table. Morningstar’s report,...
Among America’s older population there is a growing concern about the state of their retirement and many are choosing to stay in the workforce much longer. In a previous article I listed concerns of older workers about whether they will ever be able to retire; concerns that...
By Jean Chatzky I can’t really afford this, but I love it … I really shouldn’t have bought that, but I needed a pick me up … Is this what a spending hangover feels like? Sound familiar? Turns out the majority of us — 64 percent — regret our spending on short-term...
By Danielle Howard, CFP in MarketWatch Danielle takes her plumbing metaphor a bit too far but provides sound advice on intentional money management in retirement. By which she means you need to pay attention to the little stuff, stop the small leaks before you find yourself with a depleted retirement...
When Spiderman was young, he could do no wrong. He glided from place to place, shooting out webs and taking care of the bad guys. But when he was older, Spiderman’s super powers were not so sharp. His vision was blurry, his hearing was dull, and he had difficulty...
“I can’t wait to get on Medicare!” I’m hearing that more often from people approaching 65 years old. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 health insurance has become anything but affordable. I know people paying more for their health insurance than they pay for their mortgage....
You’ve heard the old adage that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Well, in the investing world that is 100% pure Bovine Scatology! You may be the owner of a portfolio constructed on a foundation of ooey-gooey pizza. Before joining the Registered Investment...
If you’ve ever wished you could stash away more money in your tax-deferred retirement accounts, the IRS has made your dream come true. Contribution limits to retirement plans are going up in 2019. The most popular retirement savings vehicle, the 401(k) plan, along with its cousins, the 403(b) account for...