The hidden side of personal finance: How your brain works to control your essential money decisions "One of the most stunning things is that the degree to which you act that is driven by mechanisms running under the hood," Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist. The story of the powerful human subconscious is a story few [...]
As the man arose, he walked into the kitchen, and as per his usual routine, he glanced at the clock, it was 2:40 AM, earlier than normal by about 3 hours. He knew he had a long day ahead, drive south down state for 3 hours each way to meet with a prospective client about [...]
If you own bank accounts and want to reduce your exposure to probate with these assets the “payable on death” (POD) option may help you. This option offers an easy method to keep bank account out of probate court. All that is required is a form which most banks can supply naming whomever you want to inherit the money in your account at your death.
Have you delayed retirement because the obligation to raise and educate your children stayed way too long, long after college? Don’t feel alone, and many Baby Boomers are experiencing precisely the same “retirement” that you might be facing. Many Baby Boomers have delayed retirement simply because of the need for a higher income, an [...]
Planning now will go a long way toward helping you have a more peaceful and prosperous retirement. “A couple in their mid-50s purchasing new long-term care insurance coverage can expect to pay just over $3,000 for a potential combined benefit of over $770,000 in coverage should they begin needing care at age 85.”- American Association [...]
....when should you and when should you NOT max out your 401k plan? 401(k’s) differ from IRA’s in one significant way: 401(k)’s allow current workers under 50 to put away up to $18,000 a year. For those over 50, a special “catch-up “provision will let them put in an additional $6,000, raising that threshold to [...]
Many varieties of trusts exist and it is important to understand how each may affect your desired goals.
Annuities, both fixed and variable, are tax deferred investment options which yield higher returns than traditional retirement plans, but with less of a risk than that faced with a direct investment in stocks and mutual funds. Annuities are particularly beneficial under a certain set of circumstances and for certain professions.
Learn How a 403(b) Can Expand Your Retirement Options A 403(b) plan, also known as a Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA), is a retirement plan for employees of public schools and other tax-exempt organizations. It's also called a tax-sheltered annuity (TSA), a tax-deferred annuity, or a 403(b) annuity. Only certain people are eligible to participate in [...]
Most people who have saved for retirement, college or just an emergency fund, have assets in several different investments, I like to think of each of these as buckets. Buckets of money. Once the time comes to consider which bucket to use first, many options arise. If you have qualified money in a bucket (IRA [...]