Retirement or college: Which is a parent to save for first?

Retirement or college: Which is a parent to save for first?  Conventional wisdom tells parents to make saving for their own retirement a priority over saving for their children’s college education. Parents, however, are doing just the opposite,...

Public pensions could be on the chopping block in California

Public pensions could be on the chopping block in California Public employees in California are nervous that their comfortable retirement plans may diminish as expensive pensions have come under fire in an effort to help the state’s financially...

Obama’s proposed IRA regulations could help retirement savers

Obama’s proposed IRA regulations could help retirement savers New rules from the White House could soon impose fiduciary duty on financial advisors to stop rogue investment brokers from bilking their clients. In late February, President Obama...

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...

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Understand the Ins and Outs of Medicare

11/7/17 If you’re turning 65 soon, it’s time to learn the ins and outs of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors that is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Currently, 57 million beneficiaries—or...

4 Key Steps Every Athlete Must Take Before Hiring a Financial Planner or Advisor

10/31/17 Many financial planners dream of landing an athlete or celebrity as their client, but the truth is, not every financial planner has the tools and expertise to handle the complexities of managing a portfolio like this. Most clients have...

7 Estate Planning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

10/24/17 Most people would probably prefer to put off planning for their death. But if you own anything of value—and most people do—then you’ll want to add estate planning to your to-do list soon. An estate plan establishes what will happen to...

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...