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Is a Financial Planner Worth the Cost?

Is a financial planner worth the cost? Is it a smart money move to dedicate some of that hard-earned cash to someone else to have them move it around in the market? All too often, people are quick to answer that financial planners and advisors aren’t worth the cost. They ...

The #1 influence to your financial future

The #1 influence to your financial future

An endless number of books and articles have been written to help you make smart moves with your money. But in the end, only 1 factor really matters above all others!

Top 5 Reasons Not To Borrow From Your 401(k)

According to a new study from Fidelity Investments, nearly 1 in 4 people have a loan against their 401(k) right now. There are a lot of reasons why people may choose to borrow against their 401(k). But are you ripping yourself off when you borrow from a 401(K)? When is ...

When Is It OK To Have a Mortgage in Retirement?

A new federal report says one-third of retirees now have a mortgage. That is virtually unprecedented in American history. Historically, when people turned 65, the majority of them would have been mortgage debt-free. But that scenario is changing. Having a mortgage in retirement may or may not be a danger ...

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. Why lump sum payouts can be dangerous Third party financial companies are getting retirees (or near retirees) to ...

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 ...

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