Your investment strategy and estate plan should keep pace as your views evolve. Time changes our perspective on many things, including our finances. Perhaps you used to think that money would solve all your problems, or that you didn’t want to spend your time and energy thinking about your finances. You’ve lived, and you’ve learned.
Lessons to learn from this experiment. Retirement is ideally a happy time of your life, freeing you up to do things you’ve long postponed. However, the prospect of retirement can also cause stress if you’re not sure you have enough money to retire in the lifestyle you’d like. We suggest a dry run: Try living
The financial considerations of retiring “earlier” or “later” If you can retire by choice, the question of “when” comes to mind. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of retirement at three different ages. At 62, you can claim Social Security. That alone prompts some baby boomers to consider retiring. Leaving work at 62
Automate your retirement planning and wealth-building approach. Build your emergency fund with automatic transfers. Practically any bank or credit union can arrange daily, weekly, or per-paycheck transfers of money from a checking account into a savings account, or split your incoming paycheck into percentages going to both accounts. Try some apps. Apps like Qapital subtly
Also known as a living will, personal directive, advance directive or advance decision. Planning ahead for future health care decisions is an important step for you, your family and/or loved ones. In the event of a major health event, where you may be unable to communicate, an advance health care directive provides medical instructions that
No one likes to consider the possibility of becoming mentally incapacitated due to age, accident or illness, but the fact is that almost every family will eventually face this kind of difficulty. Everyone should consider naming an agent to act in their best interests, in case they become unable to make their own decisions over
There are advantages and disadvantages to using a trust as an estate planning tool. Depending on your goals, the use of a trust can be an effective way to achieve your estate planning objectives. Trusts are usually categorized in one of two ways: 1. Inter Vivos Trust (Living Trust) An inter vivos, or living, trust
You may find that you have accumulated a number of workplace retirement accounts over the years. Consider consolidating these assets into a single rollover IRA to simplify your life and help you take better control of your financial future. Thanks to favorable tax laws, your retirement plan assets can be as mobile as you are.
As you retire, how do you want to move forward with your life? The biggest retirement questions are not necessarily financial. They concern purpose, well-being, and the meaning of life. You should know “what’s next” as you leave work. This is important. If your personal identity is closely tied to your career or business and