There are two schools of thought when it comes to financial planning: Everyone should have a financial advisor, and Everyone should act as a self-directed investor. If only the latter were possible. Consider that we’re talking about your financial well-being. A skilled financial advisor brings experience and knowledge that most of us just don’t have. […]
Reduce the risk of identity theft and cyber stalking with simple precautions Shortly before the 2019 holiday shopping season kicked off, the FBI warned us that smart TVs might be dangerous. Most of these newer smart TVs have built in cameras, often designed with facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching what and […]
Matching your tolerance for risk with your investment objectives Everyone wants a comfortable retirement, but the road you take there will depend on your specific situation. When you invest, you assume a certain level of risk (but like everyone you’re hoping that your holdings will increase in value). One of the most challenging aspects of […]
A fixture in today’s society. The concept of the “traditional” American family is continually changing. The dual-income family—with both spouses maintaining separate careers and contributing to the financial success of the household—has now become commonplace. The economic challenges and opportunities of this century may often require two incomes to meet overall family expenses. Many families […]
Can it be fixed? It wasn’t that long ago that the nation was shaken by the subprime mortgage crisis. Defaults on subprime mortgages caused a banking and consumer credit emergency that led to the deep U.S. recession from late 2007 through mid-2009. How does the student loan crisis compare to the subprime mortgage crisis? Will […]
Student loan debt presents a serious financial burden to countless members of Gen X and Gen Y. We may be some of the most educated generations in history, but we’re still struggling to earn enough money to take care of rising living expenses while paying down a massive debt load. When you have student loans, […]
Know which assets will serve you best in your retirement future. When we talk about financial fitness, one of the most important measures is the value of our assets. The problem is that we often have false expectations about some asset types, and we need to break those illusions to focus on our real financial […]
Will you constrain your lifestyle to maximize your kids’ inheritance? Gloria Vanderbilt built an enviable career as an actress, fashion designer, and author and on top of her inherited money from her father, she created a fortune. She inherited a trust fund that was worth $5 million in 1925 and upon her passing in 2019, […]
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