Money Management

The Millennial Effect

Recessions have consequences, and the Great Recession of 2008 may have produced one of the most influential consequences of all: the millennial mindset. Because of their early experiences in the “real world,” this generation is poised to have long-term significance — comparable to baby boomers — in work, play and politics. If you think boomers…

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Quick Income Ideas

The Federal Reserve recently reported that four out of 10 American adults surveyed said they would struggle to pay for an unexpected expense of $400 or more.1 This revelation goes against the common financial advice urging adults to have three to six months of expenses saved in an accessible account for emergencies.2 Nearly everyone has…

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Why Buy an Annuity When the Market is Up?

Perhaps you are familiar with an annuity. The basic premise is that you convert a lump sum of money into a stream of income. Unlike an investment, once you commit a fixed amount of money to the insurance company, that company is contractually obligated to provide you a minimum level of income with the option…

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Ways to Avoid Financial Scams

According to a recent survey, about two-thirds of adults age 70 and older fall for online scammers. Here are some tips to remember about some of the latest frauds:1 • Medicare does not employ “sales representatives.” • Apple and Microsoft do not sell virus protection software for your computer. • There is no African prince…

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What Is a “Safe” Retirement Withdrawal Rate?

In an investment portfolio, the withdrawal rate is the monetary percentage from which a retiree draws from his account each year. A “safe” withdrawal rate is a fixed percentage distributed as a systematic withdrawal that reasonably expects portfolio funds to last throughout the retiree’s lifetime. When determining your personal retirement withdrawal rate, it’s important to…

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Planning to Travel in 2017? Here Are Some Tips

Traditional vacation prep used to entail choosing a budget destination, buying some traveler’s checks and heading to the airport just in time for your flight. For many, that list of things to do has changed drastically. “Wellness travel” has become a big draw for vacationers who are willing to spend around 140 percent more than…

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Who is the Middle Class Now?

The definition of middle class can vary depending on who you ask. A young college graduate with a $22,000 entry-level job may consider herself middle class because her parents were, she graduated from college and she’s just starting her white-collar career. A married blue-collar worker with two children making $41,000 a year may consider himself…

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Investing for Your Future on a Budget

It’s never too late to save for retirement. If you are rapidly approaching your retirement date or have already retired, it’s important to have extra to save for what lies ahead. Saving and preparing for the future doesn’t always require having deep pockets. There are several things that you can do to save for retirement…

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