Summer is synonymous with sunny days, family vacations, barbecues, road trips and good times. Unfortunately, many of the things that we all look forward to in the summertime cost money and can cause us to get off track from our savings plan. (more…)
When it comes to savings, the gender savings gap is huge. A recent study1 indicated that women have 50% lower savings than their male counterparts. There are a number of reasons that this disparity exists, among these are that on average women earn lower salaries than their male counterparts and will spend fewer years in the workforce. However, there are actions that women can take right now, that will help improve their savings and provide a bridge to end the gender savings gap. (more…)
We live in a high-tech world where information about all topics under the sun is available at your fingertips. We are moving toward self-service and automatic access to everything. I love that I can look at my checking account balance on my phone; I love that I can make dinner reservations with a couple of clicks, and I love that I can confirm a dentist appointment with a one-letter text message response.
While high-tech solutions offer tremendous convenience, some things are still much better when they are high-touch. One of these things is retirement planning and creating a financial plan for the future. (more…)
Personally and professionally the end of the year is jam packed with loose ends that need to be tended. This was the case yesterday morning when my colleague asked if I would like to join her at a meeting with Alliance for Children, one of the organizations that we support through the National Life Group Foundation. (more…)
There is a lot of noise in the world, and it is easy to get caught up in that noise and distraction and lose sight of what means the most. The end of the year brings a welcome opportunity to slow down and reflect on all of the things for which we can be thankful. Here are a few thoughts and quotes on the value of being thankful more often than not. (more…)