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When You Should Take the Lump Sum Over the Pension

If you have worked at a company for 10 years or more, one day you may very well be faced with the following situation:  Your company is offering you a chunk of money or a perpetual monthly amount of income to either retire today or to help you “retire early.” ...

Do You Know How Much You're Paying To Invest?

What you don't know about your retirement plan can hurt you. If you work for a smaller company and have a 401(k), the fees associated with that plan can be very, very high. Your investments should never have fees higher than .75% at the absolute worst. But in many cases, ...

Retirees: Why to stay with your employer's saving plan

Retirees: Why to stay with your employer's saving plan

When you're ready to retire, you may get a pitch about moving your retirement money out of your employer's plan. Think twice before you do. Here's why.

Should You Take a Lump Sum Payout Over a Pension?

If you have a pension at work, take heed of this advice. When you're ready to retire, you may get a pitch about moving your retirement money out of your employer's plan. Third party financial companies are getting retirees (or near retirees) to take lump sum cash payouts instead of ...

New FICO rules will help your credit score

New FICO rules will help your credit score

Two top credit score killers are about to hurt you a whole lot less. Your score is about to enjoy a double benefit under new FICO scoring rules.

When Can You Retire? It Could Be Sooner Than You Think

Retiring early isn’t something that everyone can do. Sometimes, though, people can retire early but don’t realize they have that option! Don’t let that be you. Let’s calculate what you’ll need for retirement, so then you can see how close you already are to your goal. From there you can ...

Reconsider full commission stockbrokers

Reconsider full commission stockbrokers

Do you invest your money through an investment arm of the nation's biggest banks? Here's why that could be detrimental to your retirement future.

The Benefits of Targeted Retirement Portfolios

Once upon a time, Americans worked for a single employer for an entire lifetime and got a pension for their years of service. Back then, you didn't have to save for retirement or make any of the accompanying investment decisions. Today, only government jobs and a small number of large ...

5 Ways To Mess Up Your Investments

Did you know that Millennials are the most likely age group to have five months’ worth of cash savings set aside for a rainy day? The findings might surprise you if you’ve bought into the idea that Gen Y doesn’t know how to manage their money. We might not have ...

Purchase the right kind of mutual fund

Purchase the right kind of mutual fund

A lot of people stash their savings in money-market funds. But there are actually 2 flavors—and one won't allow access to your money in the event of a financial storm. Know the difference?

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