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...
What a crazy housing market! Skyrocketing prices, no haggling on the asking price, and bidding wars that create offers way above the asking price. It’s almost become a national pastime waiting for the monthly Zillow estimate to arrive to see what your home is worth now. Yes, if you’re...
Ouch! The worst inflation in more than 40 years is inflicting pain on virtually every American, effecting their families, their budgets and their decisions.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture says inflation at the grocery store is 10.4% from June 2021 to June 2022. 41% of shoppers are now buying store...
“Tower, this is Bill. I’m on the final approach to retirement and need landing instructions. Do you copy?” “Roger, Bill. Sending course corrections now. Then you are clear to land.”   Retirement is not something that just happens when you tell your employer goodbye and walk out the door. It’s a constant...
Healthcare during the senior years, especially the topic of long-term care, has been talked about and analyzed ad nauseam. And from all the research, one thing is clear. If you need long-term care, it will be expensive in both dollars and emotions.   Here are a few of the most recent...
There was dancing in the streets when Social Security announced that 2022 checks will go up by 5.9%, the biggest Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 40 years. But now, the streets are empty and the cheering is gone. Most of that Social Security COLA will be eaten up...
59% of American adults are worriers. You probably know some of them. You might even be one. Worry doesn’t attack just young or old, rich or poor, young adult or retiree—it’s found in all demographics. But for retirees specifically, there are six key financial worries that scare them, according...
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...
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...
When the Coronavirus Pandemic grabbed us, it hit fast, it hit hard, and there was no time to prepare. It was a crisis bigger than anyone has seen in recent history. In a few short weeks, 40 million workers filed for unemployment benefits. People raided grocery stores, stripping shelves...