You work hard. So, make it easy on yourself to save money. Work, bills, balancing family and friends: you probably have a lot going on. And figuring out how to save money can be hard. So, start small. The important thing is to just get into the habit of saving now. (more…)
In an effort to help my father downsize, I was recently cleaning out some of the things he and my mother had gathered during their 50-plus years of marriage. In doing so, I came across an issue of LIFE Magazine from Nov. 5, 1945. With a 10-cent price tag on the taped-up cover, the magazine featured a large, black and white close-up image of an American sailor sipping a milkshake with the short headline: “THE FLEET’S IN.” (more…)
In my previous post about Single Premium Deferred Annuities (SPDAs), I summarized Becky’s challenge to find a financial product for her retirement money that was safe from the volatility of the market1, but with greater interest earning potential than banking and other fixed interest products. Her situation was ideal for a fixed indexed SPDA.
SPDAs serve a lot of needs and don’t get enough credit for it. One reason for the slight is that they just don’t cut through the noise of so many types of financial solutions and options. Faced with too much choice of anything, we all tend to tune out most of it, often at the risk of missing some very good ideas. (more…)
Becky has a problem, but it’s a good one to have. She has carefully managed to put away a
sizable sum in her checking account that will more than help her get through a financial
Sadly, a shocking 40% of Americans don’t have enough on‐hand cash to cover an unexpected
$400 expense, according the 2019 Federal Reserve Board Survey of Household Well‐being.
Knowing this, Becky is in good form ─ but her problem is that she’s getting next to nothing in
interest on her savings. (more…)