The median retirement account balance among all Americans of working age? $0.00. And that’s the median amount, meaning half of working-age Americans have even less than $0.00 to their name. And if the paltry state of Americans’ retirement accounts isn’t enough to convince you that there’s a retirement crisis, consider the fact that total U.S. consumer debt is now sitting at a record high of $4 trillion. So what are those over 50 who are worried about their retirement preparedness to do? The author of today’s article identifies one option “which allows investors to fund their financial goals affordably.” For more, CLICK HERE.
Having an employee stock option plan is a fortunate position to be in as, if well-managed, these plans can fund major financial goals, including retirement. However, the author of today’s article cautions that “Stock option plans are often misunderstood and choices are often made that leave people paying substantially more taxes on this employee benefit than is absolutely necessary. Small mistakes could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra taxes due, in some cases.” So how can you maximize the value of your company stock options – and navigate the “crazy taxation” that surrounds them? CLICK HERE.
April is Financial Literacy Month, but the author of today’s article believes that an understanding of five “big picture principles” is even more important when it comes to achieving one’s financial goals (such as having enough money for a secure retirement) than knowledge of specific financial concepts and processes. The first of these big picture principles? While investing is important, “saving is a surer way to wealth than investing.” For the author’s rationale behind this principle – and for the other four principles – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to whether personal finances or portfolio management is more important, the author of today’s article is firmly in the personal finances camp. As such, he lays out a list of 20 personal finance rules, or “20 simple ways you can be smarter about your money.” Among these rules, why does he state that your goal should not be to live within your means, that you need to choose your neighbors wisely, and that everyone should do their own taxes at least once? Why does he state that you shouldn’t be thinking about retirement per se (and what does he argue you should be thinking about instead)? CLICK HERE to find out.