Caring for aging parents can be daunting. What are the factors to consider? When should planning start? In this article, we’ll explore the importance of creating a care plan.
Many people are familiar with the basic benefits available to veterans, but did you know there are programs that could be beneficial tools in building a financial plan? In this article, we will discuss several programs, resources and benefits that are available to qualifying veterans that could become a piece of their financial planning puzzle.
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.
A 529 plan is a great vehicle to start saving for your child’s college education expenses. Much like your 401(k) plan at work, 529 plans offer a set list of investments and the assets inside can grow tax free. We have created some projections to help you understand what balances you might expect if you save $50, $100, $200 or $300 monthly along with some key takeaways.
When thinking about our own personal assets we have many choices. We can hold on to them (having our cake), swap them out (trading for a different cake), or sell them and buy a consumable asset (eating the cake).
Benjamin Franklin has a famous quote: “… nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” A more modernized quote would probably include the mention of debt!
Do you like to travel? Are you already looking forward to your next big trip? Do you spend more time planning your vacations than planning your finances? If so, you’re not alone. Recent surveys suggest that many Americans devote more time each year to planning their vacations than planning their finances.
College saving is a topic near and dear to my heart, as we have a 17-year-old who is currently undergoing the college exploration process. It seems like just yesterday that we dropped him off for his first day of kindergarten. He looked so small walking into that big school with his little turtle backpack on. My wife and I both had tears in our eyes. Now he is towering over us at 6 feet, 2 inches tall, constantly eating and never gaining weight.
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.