Retirement Savings – Issues That Worry Millennials
Just when you thought that retirement savings meant putting away as much money as you needed for your lifestyle…now, making plans for unknown factors creeps in.
For the millennial generation, unfortunately, much is unknown. There are four primary concerns that we will list here and then elaborate later on:
1. Will social security and Medicare survive?
2. Will they have to take care of their elderly parents?
3. What will future health care costs be?
4. Are their retirement funds being managed properly?
How Much To Save for Retirement – What’s Your Magic Number?
This question has been asked so many times and there is no one simple answer. Well maybe there is if you say “as much as you can”. How much to save for retirement has so many variables it will make your head spin.
You can read opinions from many financial planners citing actuarial tables and formulas, but the bottom line is start saving for retirement as early as you can and save as much as you can.
According to statistics and studies made, Americans aren’t the best at socking away money for their retirement years. They go on to say that in excess of 80% of us have no idea on how much to save for retirement.
Co-signing a Student Loan Could Ruin Your Retirement
This is one aspect of parenting that has many opinions and heated discussions. Let’s say that your child or grandchild just finished high school and has been accepted by their favorite college. Unfortunately, some part of their borrowing will require co-signing a student loan with a private lender.
Like many other students who apply for financial aid, the federal government will approve loans directly to the student. This is done without as much as a credit check. But, many times the federal government approval doesn’t cover all of the costs and the student must apply to theprivate student loan lenders.
These loans do require a credit history check, and the young student usually View full post…
Most of us have asked ourselves that question on numerous occasions, sometimes in disbelief. We never dreamed that it would be possible, until we look at our credit card balances that have been slowly increasing. Would living on a budget prevent that?
Usually, overspending is not a conscious effort. It could start with something as simple as meeting friends on the way to work for a latte. Your cash is spent so you just charge the drink, no big deal.
A couple of times during the week, the same friends suggest that you have dinner with them. You are shocked when the credit card bill arrives and you add up those unplanned charges that total $320.00.
You didn’t realize how easy it was to overspend without being aware of it. Now how do you tell your friends that you can’t View full post…
Posted: August 11, 2017 Under: Budgeting By: Gust Lenglet
5 Tips for New College Grads on How to Manage Money
The big day has finally arrived and now you are about to see what the real world has in store. One thing for sure, you’re about to assume a lot of responsibility. Some of you who haven’t yet found a job will probably move back in with your parents. Others who have already entered the workforce may have moved into your first apartment. Either way, you’re about to get your first taste of learning how to manage money.
Some retirement planners suggest that an individual needs $1 million to be able to retire and for a married couple, $2 million. Using another retirement calculator, some say the amount needed is 10 to 12 times your current annual salary. Do you agree? How much money do you need to retire?
So, to answer the question, how much money do you need to retire, you’ll find there are many ways to figure that out. One of the methods that I prefer isn’t very hard, and only requires some simple math.
The title of this article says it all and is really the bottom line you need to strive for. Your goal is to find any unnecessary spending and cut back. We all have daily expenses that can be trimmed and added to our retirement savings which should be one of our top priorities.
One of the reasons that the “B” word or budget is so terrifying is that it’s associated with sacrifice. This simply isn’t true…a budget is, and should be, a matter of choice.
Two primary choices to begin with – do you want to live it up today and not care about tomorrow? Or do you want to exercise good judgment and cut back a little today so that you will have a more comfortable retirement? I’d like to have both, but I’m not aware of any wealthy relatives that would sponsor me.
Let’s begin by stating one important statistic…US citizens in general not very good savers. It’s a known fact and there’s no point in trying to white wash it. For the current year of 2016, the average rate of savings in America was 5.6%. Not very impressive. We offer these tips for saving money to change that.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the high income earners save a lot more of their income than the middle income earners. The middle income earners actually save a very small percentage of their incomes, practically nothing. Why is that? We all are aware that we need to be saving more, and yet we don’t.
Getting Out Of Debt Faster By Using These Simple Budgeting Tips
Budgeting is one of the most effective ways to prevent debt overload, but can also be used when getting out of debt. Budgeting doesn’t cost a dime, but does require commitment and a strong ability to rise above the temptation to buy unnecessary items.
In a nutshell, budgeting teaches consumers to spend less than they earn. Unfortunately, many Americans are not familiar with the term ‘household budget’ or the concept of living within their financial means. Failure to spend less than earned often results in massive credit card debt, real estate foreclosure, and personal bankruptcy. View full post…
Here’s an eye opening statistic for you – Prior to the creation of the Social Security System in the 1930’s, approximately 75% of senior citizens in America were living in poverty. This figure has been dramatically reduced today to just below 10%, thanks to employee pensions, Social Security and also retirement savings accounts.
But still, here in America today, many senior citizens with income levels just above the poverty level continue to have financial struggles well into their retirement.
Just as alarming are the results of a study that was done by Brandeis University. This revealed that 75% of senior citizen households in America are in a precarious position economically.
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