Maybe it’s your dream—accumulate enough money to retire early and live happily ever after. You never have to work again and can do whatever you want whenever you want. That’s the basis of the FIRE Movement—Financial Independence, Retire Early. There’s lots of chatter all over social media about FIRE. Conversation threads run deep. Online communities search...
One quick glance at the interest rate your bank is paying on your hard-earned savings account balance and you'll turn green. Even though the Federal Reserve has been raising benchmark interest rates for the past three years, the big banks have not followed suit. They are the biggest beneficiaries...
Money. We want it. We need it. We work hard for it. It’s the difference between the life we want and just getting by. It determines whether we retire comfortably or have to move in with the kids. There are all kinds of ways to manage your money—from budgeting, to saving and investing, to...
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, health insurance has become a four-letter word. There is an unending search to find the best coverage with the most benefits at the best price. It’s hard to wade through the swamp of legitimate plans and protect yourself from the quickly morphing supply...
At the beginning of every year, Americans receiving benefits from Social Security and Medicare find out what changes have taken place and what it means to their bottom line. This year is no exception. For 2019, Social Security recipients get the biggest annual raise they’ve had for quite a while. Some higher-income workers will...
Almost one-quarter of the 65 million people receiving Social Security rely on it for 90% of their retirement income. They’re locked in and there’s nothing they can do to get a bigger check except cross their fingers and hope for a cost-of-living raise every year. No one wants to be...
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...