Time is money—literally. For a recent graduate, time might also seem like an abundant resource, with many thinking they have plenty of time to save for their future – later. The traps of bad credit and debt snare many unsuspecting young adults and cling to their financial history for years.
Very few people could “save” enough for retirement with today’s long life expectancies and earlier retirements. If you just “save” – yet do not have growth that exceeds both income taxes and inflation, you are more likely to run out of money.
Many people don’t realize the importance of building and maintaining a good credit score to their overall financial well-being. Before you make any buying decisions involving credit, think about your overall financial situation and the long-term impact of living “outside your means.” The cost of bad credit may be more than you realize.
Are you holding one or more 401(k) plan accounts from former employers? You have several options:
Unlike a simple monetary inheritance, when someone dies and leaves an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) to a beneficiary, there are several distribution options and important deadlines that must be met to avoid problems with the distribution and to avoid potential tax penalties.
As the saying goes, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Unfortunately, both are inevitable and unavoidable. If you plan properly, however, you may lessen the hardship on those you leave behind.
401(k) plans remain the primary source for building retirement assets for millions of workers. Here are some ways to make the most of your 401(k):
As a celebration of this joyous Easter season, and the blessings God has given me in my lifetime, I would like to share some of my favorite words of financial wisdom from the Bible:
Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?