Maintaining a monthly budget isn't as simple as it may seem for the average family. Day to day expenses, bills, a mortgage payment, insurances, education costs, and saving for retirement can make or break a budget. So in these times, it’s important to take some relatively easy steps to stretch your budget.
When you change jobs, everything you need to take with you can usually be packed neatly into a couple boxes for your move, everything except your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Of course, you will likely enroll in your new employer’s retirement plan, but the decision as to what to do with your existing 401k plan may not be all that clear. As with anyone who leave
With the holiday season looming, it’s not too soon to do your year-end tax planning. One of the consequences of achieving financial success is that, what was once a relatively straightforward tax return increasingly becomes more involved as more tax issues come into the picture. You may have more things to track, forms to file, and you also may also experience bracket creep wh
It's that time of year again. The holidays are nearly in full gear; the preparations are underway with candles lit, lights strung, and carols sung when the financial stress begins to peek behind the corners of brown paper packages tied up with string. Everything’s shiny and cozy, yet you can’t extinguish that tiny feeling that you may go way over budget thi
Life insurance is universally recognized as an essential pillar of a financial plan for providing much needed capital in the event of a breadwinner becoming deceased. It is also fundamental to other planning needs, such as estate planning to pay for settlement costs and taxes, and business planning for business continuation or key person protection. However, considering the remarkab
If you’ve ever played the Game of Life board game, it becomes clear that compressed into the colorful path there are various stages of life. Each stage holds its own major financial challenges as well as prospective profits in addition to surprises (new baby!) and forks in the road. In the real world game of life, much is the same, but with sound financial planning th
Goals are one of the principal starting points of any financial plan. It may seem like the idea of goal setting is reserved for life’s biggest adventures, but in reality having a different spectrum of goals, whether it be short term or long term, is crucial for keeping your finances and savings on track. How do you ensure your financial goals become a reality in your lifetime?
Vacation season is almost upon us and, for many Americans who haven’t traveled abroad in several years, their vacations have been years in planning. However, even the best laid plans can quickly come unraveled if you don’t take some extra measures to ensure that your finances are protected before you leave on your trip.