Author - Claire Emory, MBA, CFA, CFP®

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Should You Put Your Retirement Before Your Child’s College Education?
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Here’s Why Women Should Make Financial Planning a Priority
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Discussing Estate Planning with Your Adult Children
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The Importance of Talking with Your Parents About Retirement
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How Women Can Successfully Plan for Retirement

Should You Put Your Retirement Before Your Child’s College Education?

In the coming months, many high school seniors will be heading off to college, but have their parents funded these students’ futures at the cost of their own?

While admitting that it is a “tough stance to take,” a writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune suggests that “most parents shouldn’t save for college” because they need to concentrate on their overall financial health and focus on retirement planning.

The writer of the article spoke with financial experts who were sympathetic to the dilemma of parents who want the best for their children. Parents are supposed to sacrifice for their …

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Here’s Why Women Should Make Financial Planning a Priority

History Month, and throughout the ages women in various societies have not necessarily had the resources and wherewithal to address their particular financial needs. Today, women have more opportunities to engage in and seek advice about financial planning, but they do not always take advantage of these opportunities.

On the Forbes Fee-Only Planner blog, Eva Kaplan, CFP(R) Practitioner, recently discussed how women have different financial planning needs than men do:

“The biggest single financial challenge Americans face is lack of retirement preparedness. These issues are especially acute for women.” 

Then the blog goes on to outline some of …

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Discussing Estate Planning with Your Adult Children

Someone once told me they knew of a couple who said that they were going to enjoy their retirement and spend their money so that their children would not have much to fight over after they passed away. That is one way to handle your finances, although there are no guarantees that leaving little money would keep the peace. Another approach could involve outlining clear plans for your finances and relaying these plans to your children, emphasizing your faith in their ability to be mature regarding your decisions. If you are interested in estate planning, both to ensure you …

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The Importance of Talking with Your Parents About Retirement

As we get older the parent-child relationship changes: it can become more of a friendship and in some cases, parents and children completely reverse roles. If your parents have already taken the time to speak to you about the steps they have taken towards retirement planning, consider yourself fortunate. If they haven’t, and you are in communication with them, you should consider talking to them about their financial future.

Parents may assume that their children don’t want to talk about finances and children may feel presumptuous asking about their parents’ money. One thing you might want to do is …

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How Women Can Successfully Plan for Retirement

Whether single, married, divorced, or widowed, women face a challenge in planning for retirement that can be summed up succinctly: need more, have less. Women, on average, live five years longer than men and also have less opportunity to earn and build wealth. According to the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, a typical college-educated woman earns almost $500,000 less during her career than a college-educated man. Women also suspend or cut back on employment to care for elderly, ill, or disabled parents, siblings, or other family members.

Social Security benefits are computed over the span of a work life …

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