If saving money were a total breeze, perhaps people would do a better job of it. Unfortunately, a large percentage of Americans are glaringly behind on both near-term savings and retirement savings. If you've been slacking on the savings front, or have been making an earnest effort to save but find that you're still falling short, you're not alone.
During the Great Depression, panicky Americans converted deposits into currency and thousands of banks that could not meet withdrawal demands were forced to close. When the banks closed, depositors ended up losing all of their savings. Consequently, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Banking Act of 1933, which created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Nearly 40% of Millennials overspend¹ to keep up with friends. And two-thirds of them feel buyer’s remorse after spending more than they had planned to on a social situation. Apparently, regardless of generation and/or net income, the temptation to overspend in an effort to keep up with our friends and their spending habits is common to all of us. No doubt, many of you have felt the same temptation in your own life. So how do you overcome this?
Most of us could improve our financial lives and could use a little help. Saving for retirement is no different. Gone are the days of secured retirement as more employers are phasing out of traditional pensions and replacing with the 401(k).1
Of all of the stages in life, this one uniquely belongs to you. Now it’s your time to shine, refine and align your vision so you can feel good about retiring.
Can you believe over 52 million Americans have over 4 trillion dollars invested in 401(k) accounts? While most understand the mechanics behind the 401(k) – allowing workers to save and invest a portion of their paycheck before taxes are taken out – many are not aware that there are things to think about regarding maximizing your account’s financial security.
When you are healthy and moving along in your life, you often don’t think what could happen – if something were to happen to you. No one expects an illness or an accident to occur, but when it does – how long could you continue paying your bills without exhausting your assets or going into substantial debt?
The last thing a parent wants to do is see his or her child — no matter the age — go without.
Debt is a reality for the majority of college graduates.
Opening a new credit card can increase your credit score, provide you with extra perks and rewards, decrease your interest rates, and give you a back-up in case of financial emergencies.
So what really counts as an emergency? When life catches you off guard, ask yourself if the expense is really unexpected, necessary or urgent before dipping into your emergency savings fund