In the world of financial advice, most people hire advisors with conflicts of interest. And the cost to you isn’t a few bucks for new golf balls. There’s a lot of money that can be made off your money. That’s why probably the most important question you can ask a financial advisor is “How are you paid?”
Miami-Dade firefighters have several options to help with health costs in retirement. We take a look at available subsidies.
At its most basic, retirement planning is a mathematical exercise. Inputs include annual savings during your working years, expected return on investments, expected retirement date, expected household expenses during retirement, and life expectancy. Did ya notice that one word popped up an awful lot there? A fairly large amount of the financial planning process is based on expectations..
I received two calls this past month asking basically the same thing. “Hey, Allen, I was talking to this guy, and he said I should do a backdoor IRA. It sounded great! What do you think?” My first thought was “Is someone out there doing seminars on this?” It reminded me of a word that I learned many years ago: Tinstaafl. There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Or put another way, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
When my son had his first mental health crisis, my wife and I had no idea what was happening to him, what kind of pain he was in, or what we should be doing. But for the next five or six years, we were focused and absorbed on nothing other than seeking out the best treatment possible for him and learning all we could about his mental illness.
Past performance is not a predictor of future returns. Ever heard that one before? We all have. But most investors invest like they haven’t. Or perhaps more accurately, most investors invest like they don’t believe it.
Talk to an active stock trader for a while, and they’ll tell you—well, I’m not positive what they’ll tell you. I avoid talking to active stock traders for a while, or any other length of time.
Yes, I found these on the internet, so probably about 40% of them are true.
When a child is diagnosed with mental illness, the family’s relationship to financial planning changes. Find out what families should know about special needs financial planning.
The market is going to go down! You heard it here first. Well, actually if you pay even slight attention to the financial news, you heard it here one millionth. We are in our eleventh year of a strong bull market and prognostication on the coming bear market has been rampant for approximately all eleven of those years.
You’re 25 years old. You just got your first decent paying gig and you’ve decided to start saving for retirement, which you’ve already got marked on the calendar for mid-2054, thirty-five years from now.
Allen and Gayle Giese to be among the EPIC Award recipients at May 8 luncheon.
To the surprise of nobody, fraud did not let up in 2018. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received about 1.4 million fraud reports over the year.
The more wealth you amass, the more likely you are to be taken to court as the defendant in a civil action. That lawsuit could be for real wrongs, imagined ones, or downright nuisance cases.
I remember back about a decade ago when health savings accounts were a thing. Then they weren’t a thing. Now they are a thing again.
It is impossible to separate investing and risk. Whether you choose stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, alternatives like gold and oil, or just a money market account, you run the risk of loss.
The 2018 market year is in the books, and it wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as 2008, which was worse than going to prom with your mother. 2018 was more like going to prom with a second cousin.
Market risk isn’t the only risk you face in your financial journey. You could avoid market risk entirely very easily: Stay out of the market. But can you grow your nest egg fast enough to retire when you want to and have enough money to last your lifetime?