How do people who save 20% or more of their incomes for retirement – so-called retirement “super savers” – manage to do it? New research provides a big part of the answer, identifying “the single biggest difference between what super savers spent less on, as compared to the rest of us” – something super savers spend just 14% of their incomes on compared to 23% for non-super-savers. What is this critical difference in spending that allows super savers to save so much more for retirement? CLICK HERE.
Budgeting may be the cornerstone of financial success but two-thirds of Americans don’t have a budget (and the one-third that do undoubtedly don’t enjoy managing it). Given this, the author of today’s article outlines an alternative to monthly budget tracking: the First Step Cash Management System, “a cash flow system [that] almost runs itself.” For how this bucket-based system works, how much of your income the author recommends allocating to each bucket, and how you can set up your bank accounts to work with this system, CLICK HERE.
With the average savings account yielding a meager 0.11 percent – far less than the rate of inflation – one financial planner cited in today’s article describes using a traditional savings account for your emergency fund cash as simply being a way of “losing money safely”. As such, the author proceeds to outline other options for your emergency fund that can boost returns. To find out what these options are – as well as for the strategy one firm recommends using if you choose to risk your emergency fund in the market – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to a rate hike by the Federal Reserve it is not question of “if” but “when” – with the “when” likely being December, if not this week. With a rate hike likely imminent either way, today’s article looks at what (if anything) this will mean for your personal finances – specifically your mortgage, your car loan, your credit card bill, your student loan and your savings account. To read more about what a rate hike may mean for your wallet, CLICK HERE.