Retirement Now vs. Retirement Then

Today’s retirees must be more self-reliant than their predecessors. Decades ago, retirement was fairly predictable: Social Security and a pension provided much of your income, you moved to the Sun Belt, played tennis or golf, and you lived to age 70 or 75. To varying degrees, this was the American retirement experience during the last

Making Investment Decisions

Are your choices based on evidence or emotion? Information vs. instinct. When it comes to investing, many people believe they have a “knack” for choosing good investments. But what exactly is that “knack” based on? The fact is, the choices we make with our assets can be strongly influenced by factors, many of them emotional,

Should We Break Up the Big Banks?

One Federal Reserve official says we should rethink our financial system. The newest Federal Reserve policymaker just put forth a radical proposal. Neel Kashkari thinks America’s big banks should be broken up, the sooner the better. This opinion comes from the man who once directed TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program that bailed out giant

Retirement Insight

Monthly news and information for current and future retirees. NEED TO CATCH UP ON RETIREMENT SAVING? If life events have hampered your retirement savings effort, what can you do to get back on track and improve your prospects for the future? You have some options. If you will be 50 or older in 2016, you

Building a College Fund

Do it smartly, without the all-too-common missteps. According to Sallie Mae, U.S. families with one or more college students spent an average of $24,164 on tuition, housing, and linked expenses in 2015. That was 16% more than in 2014.1 Statistics like these underline the importance of saving and investing to fund a university education, but

The IRS Changes to 529 Plans

Learn about the two new tax perks for these college savings vehicles. Do you have a 529 plan account? Then you will want to know about a pair of federal tax law changes which may benefit you and your student, one involving a February 16 deadline. As 2015 ended, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from

Weekly Economic Update

ONE CONFIDENCE POLL RISES, ANOTHER FALLS The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose in January to 98.1, beating the forecast of 96.3. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index lost 0.6 points on the month, ending January at 92.0.1,2 NEW HOME SALES LEAP 10.8% Census Bureau data showed new home buying at its hottest

The Chapters of Retirement

The five phases of life after 50 & the considerations that accompany them. The journey to and through retirement occurs gradually, like successive chapters in a book. Each chapter has its own things to consider. Chapter 1 (the fifties). At this stage of life, retirement becomes less like a far-off dream and more like a