Are you on track to meet your goals? As you save for retirement, it helps to have an occasional “reality check”—a moment where you stand back and look at your progress. Here are two guidelines to keep in mind when you do. Look at your savings as a percentage of your household income at certain
If you’re facing unemployment or concerned about the possibility of upcoming layoffs, there are some small, proactive steps you can take now to help make this difficult time more manageable. Build Your Network. It’s estimated that over 80% of open positions are filled through networking.1 The easiest time to build your network is while you
While credit cards can be convenient and often come with useful features, it’s important to minimize debt when retirement is near. These days, having a credit card is practically a necessity, even when you are retired. It’s hard to do things like buy airline tickets, rent a car, or place an order online without one.
Expecting a new arrival? Learn how to budget for your growing family, including child care, insurance, and parental leave. Starting a family is truly one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. Unfortunately, it can also be among the most expensive. Many parents could spend more than $200,000 during a child’s first 18 years. As you consider
In addition to saving for retirement, there may be several other major financial goals you’ll need to juggle in a lifetime. Let’s say that at the age of 25, you earned $35,000. If your salary increased at the average historical rate, you’d have earned nearly $2 million in total by the time you were 65.1,2
Many millennials find planning their financial futures a daunting task. It need not be so. We offer some suggestions to get you on your way. When it comes to saving and investing, time is an invaluable asset. When you’re young, you have time to benefit from the compounding of earnings. You also have time to
People in the Sandwich Generation are faced with taking care of themselves, their children, and their parents, especially when parents haven’t sufficiently planned for their own financial future. Here’s how to protect your household while ensuring your parents receive needed care. It might seem like a hopeless dilemma. How do you see to the care