As we made our way through 2019, signs of softening economic conditions became increasingly apparent, even while consumer confidence remained high and job growth came in better than expected. Now, as we look ahead to a new year, the path is somewhat unclear. Will the economy continue in slow-growth mode? Or will we see the recession many media and industry pundits have warned about?
2019 has been a great year for U.S. financial markets but there's an underlying sense that investors are beginning to do a gut check over recent and rising risks in the economy, political landscape, and financial markets. Everyone's wondering, "What's next for stocks and bonds?" The last few months of 2019 have reminded us that markets can still be rewarding. But in late-2018, we were all worried
Now is the PERFECT time to take control of your finances! Are you feeling like you could make better decisions about your money? Are you unsure of what else you should be doing to make the most of every cent? Do you know if you’re “on-track” compared to others in your income category? Do you think you’re doing well but wonder if you could be doing better? These are all questions I can help you
There are several certainties in life—death, taxes, and, yes, market volatility. Fluctuations in your 401(k) or retirement savings account can stir up feelings of stress, panic, and anxiety, particularly when your hard-earned retirement dollars are at stake. But overreaction to these fluctuations is one of the biggest risks that retirement investors face. So in turbulent financial times,
Like most people, you probably have a vivid, exciting picture of what your ideal retirement will look like. Maybe it’s spending time with family at a beach house, crossing off the book titles that have accumulated on your to-read list, or finally being able to volunteer enough of your time to make a difference for your favorite charity. But there’s no doubt that the journey to retirement is long
No one needs stress in their life. But money is often the number one stressor that leads to depression and anxiety. In my 15 years as a financial advisor, it never ceases to amaze me how my daily conversations with clients can be so emotional because money is the primary tool that allows us to function in life. Virtually no life decision can be made without giving at least some thought to
In a sense, you have been planning for your retirement ever since you started working. Maybe you’ve been contributing to a 401(k) plan, or maybe you’ve been socking away money in an IRA, but without a doubt, you’ve been looking forward to your golden years. And I want you to enjoy those years without worrying about having to take out a reverse mortgage on your house.
If $1,000 fell into your lap tomorrow, how would you spend it? Would you tackle a home decorating project, upgrade your wardrobe, fix that nagging car maintenance issue, take a vacation, sign your kids up for summer camp, or put it in your savings account for a rainy day? If you’re like me, there are always a gazillion things I want – some are practical, some make no financial sense at all.
Ladies, it pains me to tell you that we are more confident in our ability to follow a budget than to invest our money and allow it to work for us. Many women handle the household finances, including preparing and following a budget, but according to a recent study by BlackRock, only 38% of U.S. women invest in the financial markets and more than half (55%) say investing is not for "people like