If you’re the parent of a high school student who’s looking ahead to college, it’s important to have a grown-up conversation with your child about college costs. A frank discussion can help both of you get on the same page, optimize the college search process, and avoid getting blindsided by large college bills.
Organizing your finances and creating a long-term financial game plan for yourself can seem like a daunting task. Here are some simple, helpful tips you can take to set yourself up for financial success.
Going through years of accumulated possessions and memories is probably not how you envisioned spending part of your retirement. It may sound like a daunting and emotionally draining task, but downsizing could be a savvy financial move, especially if you haven’t reached your retirement savings goals.
For long-term investment goals such as retirement, time can be one of your biggest advantages. That’s because time allows your investment dollars to do some of the hard work for you through a mathematical principle known as compounding.
Does your company use electronic data? Does it store or communicate potentially sensitive information about customers, employees, or competitors? If so, then a breach of that data could cost your company plenty. Some well-known organizations have experienced data breaches, including WalMart, JP Morgan Chase, Yahoo, eBay, Target, the IRS, and, more recently, Equifax. Unfortunately, just about any size company or organization that retains personal information can be hit with a cyber attack. One way to transfer some of the risk and costs associated with a data breach or network security failure is through cyber insurance.
If you’re the parent of a young adult who is still living at home, you might be wondering whether this situation is commonplace. According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau study, it is: One in three young people (ages 18 to 34) lived in their parents’ home in 2015.
Every so often, a well-intentioned investor will ask the question, “why is my portfolio not up as much as the market?” When referring to “the market,” most investors are referring to the S&P 500 Index or a similar index that represents the stock market’s performance. Continue reading “Why is My Portfolio Not Up as Much as the Market?”
High-net-worth individuals often underestimate the value of their jewelry collection. Often, people do not think of jewelry as an investment, but view the purchase through an emotional lens. As more pieces are accumulated, the value of the collection can be quite significant. As a collection grows in value, it is important to review how you are safeguarding this asset.
For millennials, also referred to as Gen Y, retirement can seem light-years away. While retirement might feel like a lifetime away, the actions that people take in their 20s and 30s will often define what that retirement future looks like.
In a world where a college degree is more important, and expensive, than ever, America’s student debt continues to balloon. Total U.S. student debt reached an all-time high of $1.31 trillion last year, the 18th consecutive annual increase in a row. Continue reading “Student Debt in America: The Baby Elephant in the Room”