Preparing Parents: Finances 101

Financial Struggles for New Parents Starting a life with that special someone is supposed to be fun, adventurous and memorable, yet challenging and intriguing at the same time. You learn so much about yourself and your partner; how you operate together, how you make decisions together and how you overcome challenges together. While it’s a […]

Avoiding Money Mistakes

Time and time again we hear that finance and money are stressful. Financial conversations are uncomfortable and intimidating, and most individuals want nothing to do with them. Truthfully, not facing these conversations or taking the time to understand the financial ramifications can cause more stress than just having the conversations in the first place. Without […]

Living in Retirement

Take a minute to close your eyes and envision what retirement looks like to you. For most, the ideal “retired life” includes traveling around the world, free time to check off bucket list items, no work and no worries. Financial planning is the main reason most people can’t make this dream a reality. Truth is, […]

Managing Your Debt

We’ve all been in that situation when we want an item so badly that we actually neglect the price of that item. Our wants can often cloud our judgment, making it easy to lose sight of our needs, especially our financial needs. Other times, though, our wants are so important, like the want to further […]

Rules of the Road

Tips to Keep in Mind when Shopping for a New Car Large purchases are often the cause of digression for personal financial plans. Individuals tend to believe they have the ability to afford what they want, especially when it comes to larger purchases. What tends to happen, especially without a financial plan, is the lack […]

The Role of Social Security

Social Security was created with the intentions of being supplemental income for eligible beneficiaries to use as retirement assistance. It’s also geared for those who are unable to work due to disability. Over the years, that intention has completely changed. Now it’s viewed as a national retirement plan, but this is far from the intention. […]

Types of Financial Schemes and Scams

When thinking about scams, most people think, “That will never happen to me,” “How did someone fall for that,” or “Why would someone send money or handle their finances like that?”. But the truth is, most people don’t see it coming. The worst part about scams is what makes them so successful: you won’t know […]

The Importance of Retirement Planning

When thinking about the “retired life,” chances are you’re envisioning golden years filled with leisure, fun, and comfort. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for most people because of the financial difficulties or lack of understanding around the shift of responsibility from employer to individual for retirement contributions. This doesn’t have to be the case for […]

Establishing Your Investment Goals

Investing is a financial activity that people participate in, or avoid due to lack of understanding. Truthfully, those who stay away from investing are often the individuals who don’t take time to learn the process and how it impacts financial success. Like many financial activities, investing starts with identifying your goals. Determining investment goals plays […]

Four Points to Optimizing Your Financial Strategy

Personal financial planning helps you develop a spending plan around your lifestyle and financial goals. With this in mind, it’s hard to believe that roughly 77% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. (1) It doesn’t have to be this way. Crafting a personal financial strategy gives you the roadmap to manage your money and ultimately […]