Why are we ending a stressful year talking about debt management?
Charlotte Partner Greg James recently joined WCNC’s Charlotte Today to discuss four financial strategies for retirees or near-retirees amidst the pandemic. Watch the replay.
The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession have caused a lot of people to think deeply on their financial goals as they relate to home ownership.
Fifty-six percent of adults under the age of 44 have student debt, according to the Pew Research Center. This is the highest share in history. The increase in college costs and the rising importance of a post-secondary education for improving income are a big part of this. Many surveys conducted in recent years have discovered that Millennials share a resistance to debt, no doubt influenced by coming of age during the dot-com crash of 2001 and housing crisis of 2008. Given this, it’s no wonder we often see younger people want to pay off debt before they save for retirement.
Having a child is one of life’s special events – but the cost of a growing family can also bring challenges to your life. Here are some ways that you can take advantage of tax breaks that come along with those extra mouths to feed.
My wife and I are slowly turning the corner from having two babies to two full blown toddlers. Like most parents, the question “where did the time go?” seems ever so true. It was not easy, and we still have a lot more fun chaos ahead, but we are glad we took the following steps to prepare financially before we had our first child.
I am a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I have volunteered with various veterans organizations since I got out of the Corps, and I love sharing my experiences and passing along what I have learned to help fellow veterans and their families. I take advantage of several programs and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and am familiar with many of the resources that are available. Even if you are not a veteran, you probably know someone who is, so read on!
There is nothing that can kill the romance of upcoming nuptials more quickly than your partner asking you to sign a prenuptial agreement (aka prenup). But do you know what can really kill the romance? Divorce!
Did you know that your IRA beneficiary supersedes your will? No matter how carefully you’ve crafted your last intentions in your will, an IRA beneficiary that was never updated after your divorce and remarriage can unwittingly bestow your former spouse with your IRA inheritance, while also disinheriting your new spouse and children. That’s why it’s important to update your beneficiaries after major life changes such as marriage, divorce, births, illness, domestic issues and deaths.
Congratulations! You have four years of tuition, room and board stashed away in your 529 plan and your child hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Now you can breathe easily, right? Well … maybe, maybe not.