Embracing Imperfection

Below is a article written by Jim Parker of Dimensional Funds Advisors  Embracing Imperfection New Year's resolutions often involve making promises to ourselves we can never keep. But instead of tilting at windmills, we can often generate better...

Supreme Court hears a case that may have broad implications for 401(k) savers

Supreme Court hears a case that may have broad implications for 401(k) savers On Feb. 24, the nation’s highest court began to hear arguments in an initial class-action lawsuit, Tibble, et al v. Edison International, regarding higher-than-necessary...

Average 401(k) savings reach record highs, consistent savers fare best

Average 401(k) savings reach record highs, consistent savers fare best Skyrocketing stock market activity coupled with greater contributions from employees last year has led to a record high of $91,300 in average 401(k) savings balances in the...

Average 401(k) savings reach record highs, consistent savers fare best

Average 401(k) savings reach record highs, consistent savers fare best Skyrocketing stock market activity coupled with greater contributions from employees last year has led to a record high of $91,300 in average 401(k) savings balances in the...

Student Loans Change Debt Load Landscape for Millennials and Seniors Alike

Student Loans Change Debt Load Landscape for Millennials and Seniors Alike Over the past decade, debt loads have morphed, and more and more consumers – including older generations – are becoming burdened in one way or another by student loan debt....

Is the 4% Rule Still Applicable to Retirees Today?

Is the 4% Rule Still Applicable to Retirees Today? Since the 1990s, many investors and financial advisors have been drawn to a so-called “4 percent rule”, which purports that a retired individual should never run out of money so long as he withdraws...

Charles Schwab Report Busts Nine Myths of Retirement Planning

Charles Schwab Report Busts Nine Myths of Retirement Planning   Misconceptions, misinformation and miscommunication are prevalent when it comes to retirement planning. Planning for retirement can be a stressful ordeal already, particularly for those...

Seniors report losing $30,000 to financial scams

Seniors report losing $30,000 to financial scams Retirement planners work hard throughout their lives in order to secure comfortable, risk-free retirements. Part of this savings and investment process includes designing diverse investment portfolios...

Big Changes Afoot for Social Security in 2015

Big Changes Afoot for Social Security in 2015  As 2014 draws to a close, retirees and retirement planners everywhere are looking ahead to plan for the new year on the horizon. In late October, the Social Security Administration announced a few big...

CalPERS liquidates hedge fund portfolio, makes waves in the investment community

CalPERS liquidates hedge fund portfolio, makes waves in the investment community   The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), America’s largest pension fund, announced in September that it will be divesting all $4 billion of its...

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Off to College: Books, Bedding and a Power of Attorney?

9/11/17 When your child prepares to head off to college, putting a power of attorney in place for them is likely the last thing on your mind. After all, they’re just about to test the waters of adulthood, of true independence, and there’s so much...

Financial Planning Steps after Losing a Spouse

8/15/17 Nothing can prepare you for losing your spouse. If you have recently been widowed, the world seems to demand rapid response to weighty decisions at every turn. Among the hardships of losing a spouse are legal decisions, financial pressures...

Are You Prepared for a Market “Correction”?

6/30/17 Before we proceed, let’s get two things straight: First, there is no such thing as a “correction”. When buyers and sellers agree on a price, that is the correct market price. However, there have been and will be large market price declines...

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Goes into Effect on June 9

6/1/17 After a 60-day delay from its original schedule, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule – an investor-protection law created under the Obama administration – is now set to go into effect on June 9, 2017. Many investors are wondering...

The Uncertainty Paradox

5/11/17 “The market hates uncertainty” has been a common enough saying in recent years, but how logical is it? There are many different aspects to uncertainty, some that can be measured and some that cannot. Uncertainty is an unchangeable...