529 savings plans are tax-advantaged education savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today. They can also be used to save for K-12 tuition. Much as 401(k) plans changed the world of retirement savings a few decades ago, 529 savings plans have changed the world of education savings.
Whether you’re seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. Their power is in their versatility — many types of trusts exist, each designed for a specific purpose. Although trust law is complex and establishing a trust requires the services of an experienced attorney, mastering the basics isn’t hard.
Approximately 68 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits.
Ask your five-year old where money comes from, and the answer you’ll probably get is “From a machine!” Even though children don’t always understand where money really comes from, they realize at a young age that they can use it to buy the things they want. So as soon as your child becomes interested in money, start teaching him or her how to handle it wisely. The simple lessons you teach today will give your child a solid foundation for making a lifetime of financial decisions.
When it comes to investing for retirement, taking advantage of your employer-sponsored retirement plan is a great first step. But do you know where to invest additional cash that did not originate from your employer, like a cash bonus, an inheritance, or a lump sum from a life insurance policy? In this webinar recording, we discuss some investing options outside of your retirement plan, including the pros and cons for each.
Investment markets around the world are experiencing unprecedented volatility which may have you asking yourself: What is happening and how concerned should I be? We wanted to share our thoughts on how you may want to view the current market environment so that you can make informed decisions.
An important part of your investment portfolio is ensuring that you have the right kinds of assets (stocks, bonds, cash, etc.) in the right proportions. In this Lessons in Financial Experiences (LIFE) episode, we dive into the basics of asset allocation and how it can impact your ability for long-term financial success.
After one of the worst trading days in 2022, it’s important to remember that pullbacks of 5 to 10 percent typically happen about every year. But how should investors prepare for the potential of additional market volatility amidst the unprecedented macroeconomic concerns?