Archive - 2017

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Should Adult Children Pay Rent?
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How to Plan for Retirement
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How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change
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Interaction of Survivor Benefits with Your Own Benefits
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Are You a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted Investor?

Should Adult Children Pay Rent?

What does financial independence look like? This can be a tricky question when adult children are employed but still not earning enough to finance their own lives. If you can sit down and discuss the matter before the child has moved back in, you are ahead of the curve. Some parents find themselves having this discussion after their adult child has been home for a while—that can be awkward but better late than never.

In an article that argues for parents not to charge adult children rent, one writer acknowledges that both she and her mother had tight budgets …

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How to Plan for Retirement

Most families have not planned for their retirement. They may save toward their retirement, but without a plan their saving is random and haphazard. Retirement decisions today can only be made in the context of accurate math projections that span decades. Saving what you can and hoping for the best is an expensive and dangerous approach.

Every seven years you delay can cut your retirement assets in half. That means that if you under fund your retirement for the next seven years you will have to save double what you should have saved in the following 7 years in order …

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How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change

How the Financial Planning Process Creates Change

Our blog exchange continues and this month we have a blog from Rich Feight, CFP®, EA.

As the financial planning industry transitions into a Fiduciary standard of advice for retirement accounts the financial planning process will become more and more important. It’s important to understand that it’s a process and not a transaction. In other words, financial planning is something you enter into with a desired goal, and come out of the other side with expectations of meeting those goals. Of course, like any good process, it’s something you constantly must update and …

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Interaction of Survivor Benefits with Your Own Benefits

Social Security Survivor Benefits can be a critical lifeline for surviving spouses. The interaction of survivor benefits with your own benefits can be a bit confusing though. Does starting to receive one benefit affect your future amount of the other benefit? How about vice-versa? There’s a lot written about the topic in Social Security’s POMS manual, but it becomes very simple after you study it a bit.

The interaction of survivor benefits with your own benefits can be played out in one of two ways: either you take your own benefit first and the survivor benefit later; or vice versa, …

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Are You a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted Investor?

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner(TM).

Are you a Near-Sighted or a Far-Sighted investor? If you’re a near-sighted investor, you probably check your investment balances frequently (even several times a day) and you feel good when your investments are up. Your focus is short-term, even though you may live another 30-50 years. Conversely, you worry or feel regret when your investments are lower. If you’re a far-sighted investor, you’re knowledgeable about your investments but you check them less frequently, you’re less worried when they decline and you may suffer less financial angst. Your focus is medium to long-term.

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