Category Archives: Estate Planning

The Pros and Cons of Paying Off a Mortgage

Bob Rall You may have saved enough to pay off your mortgage but should you? Before deciding, consider the pros and cons and how they apply to you. Picture this: Through your hard work and discipline, you have accumulated a relatively significant amount of savings outside of your retirement accounts. You have more than enough… Read More »

What Britain’s Hung Parliament Means for Your Portfolio

Aaron Hankin Theresa May’s bold move to call a snap election on April 18 to strengthen conservatives’ position in Parliament failed Thursday when the Tories fell well short of winning a majority in the U.K. House of Commons creating what is known as a “hung parliament.” With just one seat of the 650 yet to… Read More »

Global Monetary Policy: He Still Has Your Back

Shuffle up and deal–low interest rates are still “the only game in town” AT ITS outset, 2017 seemed likely to mark a turning-point for global monetary policy. The Federal Reserve had just raised its main interest rate by a quarter-point and was expected to add three such increases this year–or perhaps even more, if a… Read More »

How To Set Up a Trust Fund If You’re Not Rich

Tim Parker If you’ve heard of trust funds but don’t know what they are or how they work, you’re not alone. Many people know just one key fact about trust funds: They’re set up by the ultra-wealthy as a way to protect passing on significant sums of money to family, friends or entities (charities, for… Read More »

Time to be Honest About the Fear That’s Getting in Your Way

CARL RICHARDS There is something you have been working on, isn’t there? Something big. Something exciting. Something you have always dreamed of. It’s that perpetual “work in progress” that you tell only your close friends and loved ones about. The novel that is in “final edits.” That website that you are going to start …… Read More »

Following The Herd Can Leave You Lost During Retirement

Forbes Finance Council Six times more people have died coming down Mount Everest than while climbing Mount Everest. The same can happen as you come down the mountain after retirement. How you distribute wealth, or “disinvest,” is even more important than how you invest. The savings decisions you are making today have far more implications… Read More »

Developing A Retirement Playbbook

Joel Johnson Ever wonder what it might be like to be a retirement “all-star?” To have a plan in place so that you can live the retirement you’ve always wanted, stress-free and confident about your financial future? It all starts with a playbook of important strategies and tools to get you on the road to… Read More »

How To Avoid Red Flags When You Change Tax Prep

Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taxes are one of the few constants in life, but what happens when you change the way you do your return? People move or get divorced, tax preparers pass away. There is always the lure of do-it-yourself – the number of people using tax software to file, like Intuit’s… Read More »

Will Your Pension Be There When You Need It?

Michelle Singletary Clearly, people are concerned about their pensions. Many are well-funded. But others, including multi-employer and state pensions, are having financial trouble. And some federal workers wonder about the government’s pension promises to them. Karen Friedman is the executive vice president and policy director at the Pension Rights Center, and Joellen Leavelle is the… Read More »