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Starting Roth IRAs for Your Grandkids

By Jason Alderman Grandparents are notorious for spoiling their grandkids, but sometimes a more strategic approach to giving money can provide grandchildren a much better financial start. A 2012 MetLife Mature Market Institute study reported that 62 percent of grandparents provided financial support or monetary gifts for their grandchildren. In light of the recent economic downturn, some have indicated increased pressure to help out, says the study. If you’re seeking …Read More

Will Your Kids Inherit Your Debt?

By Jason Alderman Many people finally get around to writing a will in order to safeguard their assets for their heirs. But what if you’ve got the opposite problem: Your nest egg was decimated by the recession, bad investments, or simply living longer than expected and now you’ve got a mountain of bills you can’t pay off. Will your kids inherit your debts after you die? The short answer is, …Read More

What To Do If You Inherit Someone’s 401(k)

By Jason Alderman Talk about good news wrapped in bad: In the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one, you learn that you were named beneficiary of their 401(k) plan or IRA. Chances are you’ve got too much on your mind to make any sudden decisions about what to do with the money. That’s a good thing – better to research your options first. However, don’t procrastinate too …Read More

Financial Intervention for Your Parents?

By Jason Alderman Sometimes it’s hard enough just keeping track of your own finances. But, as many of us have learned, life gets even more complicated when your parents come to you for assistance with their money matters – or worse, when they don’t ask for help but really should. Many people, especially those who grew up during hard times, are fiercely independent and hate to relinquish control over any …Read More

Talking Finances With Your Valentine

By Jason Alderman Valentine’s Day may have just ended, but that shouldn’t stop you from talking about your financial future as a couple to keep your relationship on a healthy footing. In any marriage, major life changes may require you to reassess how you manage the family finances. Unfortunately, many couples don’t make time to plan ahead and are later caught off guard by their lack of decisiveness. For example: …Read More

Spending Your Savings Common Practice

By Gary Silverman, CFP® Are you a saver or a spender? Most of us are a bit of both—being only one is illogical. Many of us would also save more given the chance. At least that’s what you may think. However, several studies, as well as my own personal experience, show otherwise. A recent report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College looked at the spending habits of …Read More

Hopeful Recovery

By Gary Silverman, CFP® Hopefully we are coming out of the greatest financial mess since the Great Depression. And as the recovery continues, I hope that you, my dear readers, are coming back financially as well. Maybe you finally got a job again. Maybe your reduced hours have been restored. If you were used to regular overtime pay, I hope those extra hours are coming back as well. And if …Read More

Survey: Married Folks More Retirement-Ready

Parents have any number of reasons for wanting an adult child to marry: They want you to have companionship. They want you to be settled. They want grandchildren. But a new survey suggests there’s also a financial argument for getting married. According to Charles Schwab, the investment management company, married people are more likely to have started saving for retirement and to feel more confident about their retirement readiness than …Read More

Financial Planners Not Just for the Wealthy

By Jason Alderman Senior Director, Global Financial Education, VISA It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of important decisions we need to make concerning retirement accounts, investments, college savings and other complicated financial issues. That’s one reason more and more people – wealthy and middle-class alike – turn to professional financial advisors to help them navigate an increasingly complex economic world. Some people simply require a one-time, …Read More

Finding Financial Compatibility Before Tying The Knot

In all the planning and preparation that goes into a wedding, there is one important item that the couple should add to their “to-do’s” before the “I do’s,” and that’s an assessment of their financial compatibility. The fact of the matter is that people bring financial baggage into a relationship, and often don’t deal with it until problems arise. Perhaps that baggage comes in the form of a poor credit …Read More