What to Know When Receiving an Inheritance

unsplash-gift.jpgIf you’re the beneficiary of a large inheritance, you may find yourself suddenly wealthy. Even if you expected the inheritance, you may be surprised by the size of the bequest or the diverse assets you’ve inherited. You’ll need to evaluate your new financial position, learn to manage your sizable assets, and consider the tax consequences of your inheritance, among other issues. Continue reading

Retirement Confidence Improves for Workers but Declines for Retirees

unslash-camping.jpgIn its 28th annual Retirement Confidence Survey, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) discovered that 64% of today’s workers feel very or somewhat confident in having enough money to retire comfortably, up from 60% in 2017. And although far more retirees are very confident in their retirement prospects than workers (32% versus 17%, respectively), retiree confidence in their ability to meet basic expenses and medical expenses dropped from the previous year. Moreover, both workers and retirees question the role Social Security will play in future retiree income. Continue reading

Retirement Planning at All Stages of Life

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Throughout your career, retirement planning will likely be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan. Whether you have just graduated and taken your first job, are starting a family, are enjoying your peak earning years, or are preparing to retire, your employer-sponsored retirement plan can play a key role in your financial strategies. Continue reading

Evaluating an Early Retirement Offer

unsplash-compascIn today’s corporate environment, cost cutting, restructuring, and downsizing are the norm, and many employers are offering their employees early retirement packages. But how do you know if the seemingly attractive offer you’ve received is a good one? By evaluating it carefully to make sure that the offer fits your needs. Continue reading

How to Estimate Your Retirement Income Needs

unsplash-desk5You know how important it is to plan for your retirement, but where do you begin? One of your first steps should be to estimate how much income you’ll need to fund your retirement. That’s not as easy as it sounds, because retirement planning is not an exact science. Your specific needs depend on your goals and many other factors Continue reading

6 Ways Your Finances Affect Your Relationships

unsplash-love5If you can’t help falling in love, and you think that love will keep you together remember that the power of love is not enough if you and your spouse cannot agree on how to handle your finances.

Ok, enough of the romantic puns!

According to Psychology Today*, money issues are the top reason relationships fail. Arguments over money tap into some of our deepest emotional needs and fears, such as trust, safety, security, power, control, and survival. Continue reading