Why Retirees Need Good Credit Scores

Why Retirees Need Good Credit Scores Careers & businesses end, but the need to borrow remains.  We spend much of our adult lives working, borrowing, and buying. A good credit score is our ally along the way. It retains its importance when we retire.  Retirees should do everything they can to maintain their credit rating. A FICO score of 700 or higher is useful whether an individual works or not. For example, some retirees will decide to refinance their home [...]

What You Need to Know About the Fiduciary Rule

What You Need to Know About the Fiduciary Rule A quick look at the changes coming for retirement accounts.  Rules are changing concerning investment professionals and retirement accounts. In the eyes of many, the change is good. The “fiduciary rule” is going into effect in June. This Department of Labor rule stipulates that any financial industry professional who makes investment recommendations to participants in qualified retirement plans in exchange for compensation will be considered a fiduciary.    What does all that [...]

Keep Calm, Stay Invested

Keep Calm, Stay Invested Expect more volatility, but avoid letting the headlines alter your plans.  Recent headlines have disturbed what was an unusually calm stock market. The political uproar in Washington may continue for weeks or months, and it could mean significant, ongoing turbulence for Wall Street. As an investor, a retirement saver, how much will this turmoil matter to you in the long run? Perhaps, very little. There are many good reasons to remain in the market.  The earnings [...]

By | 2017-07-13T11:54:10+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Business/Economic News, Investing, Stock Market|Comments Off on Keep Calm, Stay Invested

Beware of Emotions Affecting Your Money Decisions

Beware of Emotions Affecting Your Money Decisions Today’s impulsive moves could breed tomorrow’s regrets.  When emotions and money intersect, the effects can be financially injurious. Emotions can cause us to overreact – or not act at all when we should.  Think of the investors who always respond to sudden Wall Street volatility. That emotional response may not be warranted, and they may come to regret it. In a typical market year, Wall Street can see big waves of volatility. This [...]

By | 2017-06-20T13:08:43+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Business/Economic News, Investing, Personal Finance|Comments Off on Beware of Emotions Affecting Your Money Decisions

The Real Cost of College

The Real Cost of College It may not be what you think.  How much will your family end up paying for college? Your household’s income may have less influence than you think – and some private colleges may be cheaper than you assume. Private schools sometimes extend the best aid offers. Yes – it is true that the more money you earn and the more assets you have in a tax-advantaged college savings plan, the harder it becomes to qualify [...]

By | 2017-06-20T13:02:12+00:00 June 1st, 2017|College Savings, Personal Finance|Comments Off on The Real Cost of College