YOUR BIGGEST RISK TODAY – A LONG LIFE!

A large percentage of today’s retirees are facing a “longevity crisis” and outliving their savings. Some of my friends are facing this very real crisis. One spent the bulk of his 401K on his three kids’ college education. Because he loves his children. Two have small pensions and are financially struggling. Another is afraid he cannot afford to retire. When you add in the risk of catastrophe illness, their risk ...

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ONE OF THE WORSE MISTAKES YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR 401 – (K) WHEN CHANGING JOBS

ONE OF THE WORSE MISTAKES YOU CAN MAKE WITH YOUR 401- K WHEN CHANGING JOBS Several years ago, a good friend confided she cashed out her 401K and spent the money. At the time I thought an unwise decision. But of course being less diplomatic (hard to believe right) I said something more in the line of: YOU DID #$@% WHAT ?  I was reminded of this story last week, when I ...

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THE ABSOLUTE BEST WEDDING GIFT YOU CAN EVER GIVE YOUR CHILD!

BEST WEDDING PRESENT! This weekend we are attending the wedding of my college best friend, Clifton’s son. The couple will have college loans as the bride is currently in Medical School. As parents, Clifton and I ponder the choice of paying for an expensive wedding versus INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE. And as two financially conservative men, we advise reducing the wedding size and cost and investing the money. AVERAGE ...

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FINANCIAL LITERACY IS JUST NOT THAT COMPLICATED – TRUST ME!

It is estimated the lack of financial literacy, cost Americans ~ $300 billion in 2018, or three Bill Gates’ fortunes. While financial literacy is not rocket science, 63% of Americans are considered "financially illiterate."  People who are financially illiterate have difficulty applying financial decision-making skills to every day real-life situations.  SO WHAT EXACTLY IS FINANCIAL LITERACY? Financial literacy is understanding all aspects of money, such as: taxes, savings, paying bills, retirement, budgeting, paying for ...

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DO YOU FEEL SECURE ABOUT RETIREMENT?

What is the one thing we do not want to happen in retirement? I say death, but as this is an investment and finance blog- RUNNING OUT OF MONEY! Financial professionals recommend to maintain your current lifestyle in retirement, you need about 70-90% of your FINAL income, EACH YEAR. If your retirement final income is $100,000 you need $70,000 to $90,000 annual income. Because of the extension of life expectancy and ...

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SMART PEOPLE (AND THE IRA) ARE INCREASING 2019 401-K, IRA, ROTH IRA OR SEP CONTRIBUTIONS/LIMITS

In 2018, the Federal Government increased maximum allowable contributions to retirement plans, such as 401-K, IRA, ROTH IRA and SEP plans. Why is Congress being generous and increasing retirement contributions? A. Congress really cares about our welfare. They want to help taxpayers. B. This is an automatic inflationary increase. Congress makes inflationary increases to contribution limits biannually. C. Congress is worried and panicking majority of Americans cannot afford to retire and will further ...

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