The economy is good, and Americans are on a spending spree. American household debt hit a record $13.95 trillion in 2019. The majority of U.S. households—about 300,000—hold that nearly $14 trillion in debt. Your household, whether you’re single or married with children, is probably one of them. Your debt—money you’ve borrowed and promised to pay back in the future, usually with interest—is likely a car loan, a mortgage, or a student loan.
Tax-advantaged strategies are important because over time, you can potentially accumulate more money with a tax-advantaged investment compared to a taxable investment. Ideally, though, you'll want to choose a savings vehicle that offers you the best combination of tax advantages, financial aid benefits, and flexibility, while meeting your overall investment needs.
A lot goes into planning to start a family. Don't overlook your insurance needs. Read more to make sure you are providing adequate coverage for you and your family.
If you own a home, you may be wealthier than you think. The equity in your home could be one of your largest assets, especially if your mortgage has been paid down over the years or paid off. This home equity can be a valuable source of extra income during your retirement years.
Talking about eldercare with your parents is important, and waiting too long to ask about these plans can lead to guessing. This video goes over some of the questions you should be asking your parents, and what the process of discussing eldercare might be like for your family.
“Overall, the threat landscape is dramatically more dangerous for travelers today,” says Bart McDonough, chief executive officer and founder of cybersecurity firm Agio and author of Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money, and Identity from Cyber Criminals.
In this issue, we explore the latest Social Security projections and insight on planning for the future of the program, along with a look at the importance of creating and maintaining a home inventory.