Financial planning is something many people mistakenly believe is only for rich people or older people who are approaching retirement. The reality is that financial planning services can come in helpful at various stages of life far before you get ready to retire. It also is handy for people regardless of how much money or how many assets they have. It is never the wrong time to get your finances in order. You don't need to be well off to benefit from these services, either. Using these services is a smart move that can help you determine … [Read more...] about When You Might Need Professional Financial Planning Services?
In an ideal world, we would all be on the same page as our life partner when it comes to money management practices and even just basic openness and honesty about finances. However, the reality is that people rarely dedicate enough time to discussing the financial side of being in a committed relationship until after they get married. Whether you know very little about your fiancé’s finances or you’re both completely open with each other about your individual and shared financial situations, here are 6 considerations to your married … [Read more...] about 6 Financial Considerations to Make Right After Getting Married
A recent study found that 42% of Millennials have used alternative financial services and 39% of the general population has used these services, which include payday loans, pawnshops, rent-to-own programs, and car title loans. Short-term loans are often risky for borrowers, but there could be some advantages to taking out this type of loan if you’re in a pinch. Pros and Cons of Alternative Financial Services To help you decide whether alternative financial services might suit your financial situation, here are some considerations to make … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Alternative Financial Services
Nobody knows how many Americans are actually participating in the gig economy; estimates range widely from 4% to 40% of the workforce. What we do know is that some people have managed to successfully transform their former side gigs into full-time work, while others continue working full-time jobs to support themselves and use side hustles as extra income streams to pay the bills and grow their savings. But, is your side hustle costing you money? The problem with side hustles is that they can complicate your income and tax situation much … [Read more...] about Is Your Side Hustle Actually Costing You Money?
Are you currently or have you ever worried about the state of your financial situation? Whether you’re struggling to pay off debts, living paycheck to paycheck, living with minimal savings, or falling behind on retirement contributions, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced anxiety about your finances at some point in your life. After all, a January 2020 CreditWise survey by Capital One found 73% of Americans rank finances as their #1 cause of stress, significantly more than the rates of stress caused by politics, work and family. … [Read more...] about The Effects of Stress on Your Finances
Nobody wants to think about dying, but unfortunately, it’s such a big component of financial planning that you can’t afford to ignore the prospects of dying earlier than expected. In addition to planning for the future with life insurance options, you should also be aware of Social Security survivor benefits. Social Security Survivor Benefits When You Report a Death In most cases, funeral homes are responsible for reporting deaths to the Social Security Administration (though you need to give their Social Security number beforehand). … [Read more...] about 6 Things You Should Know About Social Security Survivor Benefits