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The "Weight Watchers" approach to financial planning. Every woman has gone on a diet at one time or another. Much of what we learn from dieting can be applied to a financially healthy lifestyle. Below are statements found on the Weight Watchers website as to why their program is different and successful. More
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Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you are ready to retire.
Is your nest egg adequate?
It’s obvious, but the earlier you retire, the less time you’ll have to save, and the more years you’ll be living off of your retirement savings. The average American can expect to live past age 78. (Source: CDC, “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011″) With future medical breakthroughs likely, it’s not unreasonable to assume that life expectancy will continue to increase. Is your nest egg large enough to fund 20 or more years of retirement?Read More
If you’ve ever had trouble finding an important financial document, you know why it’s necessary to keep your financial records organized. Less clutter means less stress, and though you’ll need to commit a bit of time up front to organize your files, you can save time and money over the long term when you can find what you need when you need it.Read More
For most people, the due date for filing a 2013 federal income tax return is April 15, 2014. Here are a few things to keep in mind this filing season.Read More
The word “millionaire” typically conjures up images of a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, but behind the scenes, that may not always be the case. Like Warren Buffett, who famously still lives in the relatively modest house in Omaha, Nebraska, that he bought in 1958 for $31,500, many millionaires (and billionaires) live a modest, if not downright frugal lifestyle–a lifestyle that may have helped them become millionaires in the first place.
We’ve all heard the saying “It takes money to make money.” So how can you find extra dollars to save and invest? If you’re looking to improve your financial position, consider putting some of these habits into practice.Read More
A double whammy helped trigger a selloff in equities last week. Weaker-than-expected manufacturing data from China helped fuel concerns about the global impact of potential additional Fed tightening next week and a stronger U.S. dollar. Some lackluster earnings reports didn’t help, though profit-taking in the wake of last year’s strong rally also could have been a factor. After declines in several emerging-market currencies, the Dow and S&P 500 dropped below their 50-day moving averages; the Dow lost 318 points on Fridayalone. The Nasdaq, the small caps of the Russell 2000, and the Global Dow joined them in negative territory for the year. The global jitters had investors seeking the relative safety of Treasury bonds as the benchmark 10-year yield fell for the fourth straight week.Read More