As September rolls around and school begins, no matter what age you are, it always feels like it is the beginning of a new year. It’s also a good time to review your finances and make any changes before the end of the year.
The average individual only views financial planning through the lens of retirement. In reality, financial planning can help you meet a variety of monetary goals, not just your desire to live a comfortable life during retirement. Make no mistake, it is important to save for those years, but financial planning has the power to unlock more potential in your life as well.
The average individual undoubtedly understands that there is a difference between saving and investing, even if those terms are sometimes used interchangeably. The key to taking advantage of saving and investing is understanding the difference between them. In short, saving and investing differ in terms of risk and liquidity.
If you want to get a handle on your finances and change your ways, you first need to identify your bad financial habits. It may seem obvious, but until you identify what you are doing wrong, you will not be able to make changes to improve your financial situation.
Founded with the mission to guide and inspire clients to fulfill their lifetime financial goals, the team members of Financial Asset Management Corporation (FAM) celebrate their 30th anniversary of doing exactly that.
Given the opportunity, most individuals employed in the workforce today would begin saving while they are gainfully employed. Far too often though, the lure of big TVs, new cars, and family vacations force many to choose between saving and enjoying life. Roughly 58% of Americans 55 and older have less than $100,000 saved for retirement, and only 19% have $250,000 or more.
This year is quickly approaching its end, and the time we have to get all of our financial ducks in a row is running out. While filing end of the year taxes may seem like one of the most daunting tasks to tackle, there are several things you can do to prepare. Then, when it comes time to see a financial professional, you are already ahead of the game.
Perhaps the two greatest financial goals of adults with families are comfortably retiring and confidently sending their children to college. Guiding your children into adulthood and relaxing after they’ve flown the coop are major life events that should be reflected upon with joy and happiness.
Whether you realize it or not, retirement is not actually the end of the rat race in life. Yes, you've worked for decades to support yourself, raise a family, provide for others, and reach your goal of walking away from the workforce and basking in the glow of your retirement funds.
The concept of retirement is a young ideal in the history of mankind. Throughout most of human history, people continued working or remained with their family as they aged. It wasn't that long ago that the Golden Years of life were characterized by part-time jobs and taking up residence with grown children.