How much should I have in my 401k at age X?

August 9, 2018 12:00 am

As the calendar turns to 2014, many folks use the month of January to review their retirement balances and see how their accounts have grown. Whether it’s the cold weather that makes people pay more attention or a derivative of a new year’s…

4 Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

April 5, 2018 12:00 am

Are you one of the 75% of taxpaying Americans who will get a refund this year?  That number seemed surprisingly high to me since I’ve always been taught that overpaying or having too much withheld for taxes was basically lending Uncle Sam mo…

Get the Checklist: Organizing Your Finances for the New Year

January 10, 2018 9:59 am

New year, new budget! The holidays are over, 2018 has arrived, and we’ve begun a new year to meet your financial goals. Don’t let unexpected expenses derail your plans for the new year. The start of a new year is the perfect time to clear off your kitchen table and take an in-depth view at […]

Are You Promoting Financial Wellness Among Your Employees?

May 25, 2017 10:11 am

In a recent study conducted by PwC around employee financial wellness, 30% of employees surveyed reported that issues with their personal finances have led them to being distracted at work. Of the distracted workers, 46% say that they spend at least three hours or more each week thinking about or dealing with issues related to […]

5 Tips to Make Your 401k Grow

January 1, 2017 12:00 am

For most Americans, 401k plans, qualified plans or defined contribution plans are the most popular savings vehicles for retirement.  With most private companies doing away with pension plans and the uncertainty of Social Security, individuals need…

Are you 50 or older? Time to CATCH UP on Your Retirement Accounts

July 29, 2016 10:44 am

I’m creeping close to the big 5-0. Many say it’s one of the milestone moments and if you’re lucky it is sometimes accompanied by a grander than usual birthday celebration.  Yes, you also get the often joked about AARP card. Sounds exciting right? Well, I found something even better to mark my 50th birthday. Are […]

Do you own company stock in your 401(k)?

July 5, 2016 9:52 am

One of my clients is retiring this year and we were discussing what to do with his 401(k) at our bi-annual meeting.   While typically most people either opt to leave their 401(k) as-is in their company plan or roll it over to an IRA, a third option is available if you own your company’s stock […]

Misguided Financial Advice

August 12, 2015 2:01 pm

Last week, one of the most popular articles seen on a variety of investing and financial websites was built around a pithy quote from Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, and his “Surprising Retirement Advice.” The crux of the article (http://time.com/money/3983178/vanguard-founder-jack-bogle-retirement-advice/) is that as investors are saving for retirement, he believes you should resist the […]