A Financial Checklist You Can Handle

Starting fresh is always a great feeling, but the scale of what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year sometimes becomes overwhelming as the months go by. The question is, how can you stay motivated to meet your financial goals throughout the year?Financial tips for every monthFor many people, checking off items on a long list of to-dos brings a great sense of satisfaction. To help

Retirement Plan Account Review is Key

Keeping tabs on your retirement accounts is a balancing act, particularly if you have more than one. Although some favor the set-it-and-forget-it approach, it’s wise to regularly review your accounts to ensure that you’re heading in the right direction.

Guidance for Remaining Calm During Volatile Times

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,

Trick or Treat? 3 Crazy Ways Your Brain Tricks You Into Not Saving Money

Did you know your brain may be to blame for preventing you from reaching your financial goals? It’s true. Several recent studies conducted by Prudential suggest that we should train our brains to think differently about money because our brains are tricking us every day. Here’s how:

Plotting Your Way Toward Retirement: 5 Positive Financial Habits

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

Is That a Good Choice?

The cute little 7-year-old girl was all smiles when she attempted to lean the chair back on it’s legs and balance without support. As I sprinted across the room to catch her as she fell I heard her mother calmly say (as if in slow motion), “Is that a good choice?” I saw the girl’s smile fade as she realized the risk she was taking and returned the chair to the upright position without falling.

You CAN Transform Your Life When You Spend Time Instead of Money

Yes, you have the power to transform your life and be free from the burden of finances. I’ve seen it firsthand so many times in working with clients from all walks of life. What would it feel like to experience the joy of not having to worry? What would it be like to have cash in the bank, investments that are earning you money, and confidence that you are on-track to reach your goals? The

Your 401(k) Is Not An ATM: 6 Things to Consider Before Taking a Loan from Your Retirement Plan

If you are considering taking a loan from your retirement plan to bridge a financial gap, pause for a minute. This is a major decision that should not be made lightly, as there are consequences that could affect your ability to fund your future retirement. Here are six things you need to be aware of before you borrow from your 401(k) savings.

Overcoming Financial Anxiety

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

Am I Making the Best Decisions with My Money?

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.

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