The 401(k) retirement plan, first popularized in the 1980s, is an excellent way to put aside money for retirement. Like other retirement plans — traditional IRA or Roth IRA — a 401(k) invests your money in a customized mix of individual stocks, money-market funds and bonds to maximize your return. But which type of retirement […]
Did your plan to put money into a retirement account for 2016 fall flat? Don’t worry – you still have time! While automatic contributions deducted straight from your paycheck throughout the year is the easiest way to build your retirement account, there are other ways to save.
Talk about a case of bad timing: the baby boomer generation started hitting retirement age during one of the worst economic disasters in modern-day history. The oldest boomers started turning 65 in 2011, as the economy struggled to recover from the devastating market crash and recession that began with the financial crisis of 2008. Middle-class […]
“Time is on my side” the old pop lyric says, and truer words have never been spoken when it comes to young people and retirement saving. Getting an early start is the best thing you can do for yourself, even if you’re not able to contribute much. When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you’ve […]
Is it possible to make cake when your savings and investments take a beating? When I was a young mom and my husband was on deployment with his military unit, there was always something “new” popping up in our house. On this occasion, I was carrying a load of clean laundry down the hall, when […]