What Is a Financial Health Check?

What Is a Financial Health Check?

Millions of Americans get yearly health checkups to ensure their bodies work the way they’re supposed to. So, why not do an annual financial health check to take the pulse of your money matters? Follow along to learn what a financial health check is and what you should consider when doing one. What You Need…

4 Tax Law Changes to Watch in 2022

4 Tax Law Changes to Watch in 2022

Every year, the IRS makes changes that could affect your tax return. The year 2022 is no different. In November 2021, the IRS announced several updates for the 2022 tax year—and these will affect the federal tax return you file in 2023. Generally, the most recent tax changes were made to account for inflation. Tax…

Why Is Retirement Called the Golden Years?

Why Is Retirement Referred to as Your “Golden Years”?

From 1985 to 1992, millions of American TV viewers tuned in each week to The Golden Girls so they could catch the latest escapades of four older women—Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia—sharing a home in Miami. Millions more TV viewers around the world now watch the show’s reruns in syndication. The award-winning NBC sitcom derived…

The Difference Between Retiring at 50, 60, and 70

The Difference Between Retiring at 50, 60, and 70

A survey by the Gallup polling organization pinpoints 62 as the average retirement age in the U.S. But since that’s an average, it’s clear that not everyone is picking that as their retirement age. Some folks might want to retire early, at age 50. Others may wish to time their exit from the workforce at…

Is Social Security Enough to Live On?

Is Social Security Enough to Live on?

Many retirees rely heavily, if not completely, on Social Security benefits. However, Social Security might not be enough to live on for many of us. As U.S. News & World Report points out, “Social Security was designed to supplement income, not replace it entirely.” To complicate matters, some experts wonder just how stable the Social…

5 Benefits of Managing Your Own Retirement Portfolio

5 Benefits of Managing Your Own Retirement Portfolio

When it comes to managing your retirement portfolio, you can put the power entirely in your own hands. In other words, you can sit in the driver’s seat as you travel along the road to retirement. Fortunately, thanks to the proliferation of technology and the abundance of information online about retirement, you have a variety…

How Soon Is Too Soon? When to Start Estate Planning

How Soon Is Too Soon? When to Start Estate Planning

Estate planning may sound like something that’s just for “old folks.” It’s not. At almost any age, adults can benefit from estate planning. The need for estate planning becomes even more crucial once you’ve had children. Read on to learn what estate planning is, when you should start estate planning, and the advantages of getting…