Financial Planning

When Is It Time to Cut Your Kids Off From Your Finances?

Deciding when to let your children stand on their own can be tough, especially when they’re contending with student loans, underpaying jobs, or sky-high rents. But easing your kid’s entry into adulthood could be undermining your own financial security.

According to a December survey from CreditCards.com, three-quarters of parents are providing financial support for their adult kids.

But at a time when the majority of Americans haven’t socked away nearly enough for retirement—the median retirement savings for all working families in the US is just $5,000, according to the Economic Policy Institute—it makes sense to do a little less for our offspring, so we can think a little more about ourselves.

So, how do you figure out when and how to cut your kids off financially?  Learn more below. 

Don't bother wondering why your friends seem to have nicer homes, cars, and vacations — there's only one measurement that matters

Basing your spending off how your friends spend their money is a huge mistake to make.  Large spenders may also be building crippling debt.  

You won't find a real answer to how you're doing in a Federal Reserve survey or a social media feed.  You will find it by measuring yourself against rules of thumb, refined over decades and endorsed by financial pros  that point the way toward true financial health. 

Start with these:

9 Ways to Build Wealth in Your 50s

Midlife is filled with challenges and opportunities. Yes, you might be in the thick of paying for college, but soon all those other costs that come with kids should be behind you—or so you hope. You're also likely in your peak earning years and when you're making the most is also when you should squirrel away the most.

Some 40% of successful savers—those who built nest eggs equivalent to 10 times pay—did so by saving 15% or more of their incomes for at least 10 years.  Here's how...

The 'Disgusting' Financial Practice Tony Robbins Wants You to Watch Out For

It sounds simple enough: Make an investment adviser put the interests of his or her clients ahead of his own.  But the rollout of the so-called fiduciary rule, approved by the Department of Labor during the Obama administration, continues to be delayed, as it faces fierce opposition from the financial industry.  For author and business strategist Tony Robbins, this lack of regulation around investment advice can be “disgusting.”

Learn more about this disgusting financial practice by clicking the link below.

Test Your Retirement IQ

What's the biggest threat to a comfortable retirement? Ignorance. The decisions you make leading up to retirement, including how much to save, how to allocate your investments, when to take Social Security and how to anticipate your retirement expenses can make a big difference in your old age. 

And the decisions don't stop on Day One of your post-career life. Once you're in retirement, you'll need smart strategies for taking withdrawals and investing your resources so they last as long as you do.

o how well-versed are you on this critical subject? Take this quiz to find out.  Click link below. 

How much money you need to save each day to become a millionaire by age 65

Becoming rich is nothing more than a matter of committing and sticking to a systematic savings and investment plan.

If you want to get rich, start investing- and start as early as you possibly can.  

To illustrate the simplicity of building wealth over time, Bach created a chart detailing how much money you need to set aside each day, month, or year in order to have $1 million saved by the time you're 65.   

Next time you consider running to Starbucks for a $4 latte, think about this chart and consider redirecting that coffee cash to your savings.  Check it out. 

The Big Lesson From 2016 for Your Retirement Planning

Here's what you should take away from the year that included Brexit and Trump's election.

When it comes to takeaways that can improve your retirement planning and investing, I think there’s one big lesson we should all draw from 2016.

12 Tips to Cut Your Tax Bill

Aside from earning less – which probably isn’t a great alternative – the best way to lower your tax bill is to make sure you claim all of the deductions and credits you deserve.  

Filing your tax return is a once-a-year event but trimming your tax bill is something you can do right now.

Here are several easy moves many people can make to cut their tax bills. 

 

7 tax credits every homeowner should take advantage of

The benefits of home ownership are many, especially tax season.  When you buy a home, you're establishing roots. But beyond all that, owning any type of home - single-family, condo, cooperative or mobile home - is a major asset come tax time, and can save you money on what you owe the government.                                                                                                     

Click the link below to learn about these 7 tax credits every homeowner should take advantage of.

7 Smart Ways to Lower Your Taxable Income

Reducing your taxable income is one of the most effective ways to lower your taxes, with some moves doing double duty as both deductions themselves and as a means to slide under income thresholds at which other taxes would kick in.


While it’s late in the year now, there's still time to take steps that will lower the amount of income you must report on your 2015 tax return. 

Take a look.

Here’s How Tax Rates and Brackets Will Change in 2016

The IRS just announced its inflation adjustments for next tax year.  The tax rules are changing in 2016.  

Click below to learn how the tax rates and brackets will change.  

What A Fed Rate Hike Means For You

America's first interest rate hike in nearly a decade is here. The rate hike is a small one, but it will affect millions of Americans, including investors, home buyers and savers.

Millions of Americans will be affected as U.S. rates start rising. If you have a credit card or savings account, invest in a 401(k) or in the markets, or want to buy a home or car, now's the time to pay attention.  

10 Things To Do Before Year-end

Now is a good time to get started on some important year-end financial tasks. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the holidays with family and friends than scramble to meet a December 31 deadline?  

Click on the link below for a list of 10 smart money moves to consider—some that need to be addressed by December 31. Most of them can be accomplished quickly, but the benefits can last a lifetime.

Your Brain Does Really Weird Stuff When It Thinks About Money

Money is an emotional topic, but what's really happening inside our brains when money comes up?  The answer, in short, is a whole lot!   A Harvard Business article explains what your brain looks like while thinking about money. Click below to read the 3 key takeaways.  

When Will I Be Retirement Ready?

How do we know when we have enough for retirement?  Given it’s National Save for Retirement Week, there’s no better time than now to take the mystery out of saving for retirement.    

The objective is that when you arrive at the golden years and find that they are truly golden-  It's called FINANCIAL FREEDOM.                                                                              

And it's easier to get there with a little planning-  even in your 20s- Because it's closer than you think!


Click the link below to learn when you will be "Retirement Ready."

What Fantasy Football Can Teach You About Investing

If you’re like me, you recently drafted players for your Fantasy Football team. As you sat online with thousands of other fans and fanatics scattered nationwide, chatting about and nabbing the best running backs, quarterback and kickers for your imaginary team, you may feel you learn little about investing. Wrong call.           

Fantasy Football is a billion dollar business that has more to do with investing than you might think.  The thought process involved with picking and managing your team can be similar to investing in your 401(k).                          

Here are mistakes to avoid on the make-believe gridiron and in our very real stock market.

How Cars Affect Your Financial Freedom

It’s not that I don’t want a really fancy car, it is just that there is something I want a bit more: financial freedom.  Car payments are many times the #1 obstacle that causes the average family not to achieve financial stability. Spend some time thinking about your current car situation.  Are your car purchases making your bank richer or you? 

Below is a great read about "How Your Car Affects Your Financial Freedom."

The Boring Secret to Getting Rich

Many people dream of becoming rich but don't have any idea how to make it happen. There's no magic formula, but there are many steps you can take to gain an advantage.  The secret to getting rich is simply doing what most people can't.

Click below to learn Money Magazine's boring secret to getting rich.  

How to keep this crazy stock market from driving you nuts!

How do I stop the market from making me crazy?

The current market is a reminder that days sometimes feel long, while years pass quickly. Don’t confuse that feeling and make long-term moves based on what’s happening on any given day. That’s how years pass and you wind up short of your goals, when the odds were in your favor that staying the course would have paid off.

Read more by clicking on link below. 

The Best Revenge on an Ex-Husband: Building Wealth!

With the help of a financial advisor, a divorcée bounces back.  Her advisor told her that the best way to get back at her ex-husband was to become extremely successful.  He was right.

Read full story below.