If you are worried that you haven’t done what you need to in order to plan for your financial future, you aren’t alone. Fifty-eight percent of Americans say that their financial planning needs improvement, and a whopping 34% haven’t done anything to plan for their financial future, according to a Northwestern Mutual study. The study
When it comes to planning for retirement, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Putting together a financial strategy can be complicated at any time of life, what with changing regulations, ups and downs in the market, and disagreements — even among the better-known investment advisers — about the best ways to save and spend money. But
One of the hardest jobs for a financial professional is getting people to think about retirement as more than an abstract concept. We all get so caught up in our immediate needs and short-term goals, it’s tough to push past the present. No one wants to think about getting old, and it doesn’t get any
If you’re like most people, you may find it pretty difficult to wrap your head around what your retirement will look like. It’s just this idea that’s hanging out there — a little exciting, a little scary, but not nearly as tangible as all the things that need your attention right now: your family, your
For some, the idea of retiring early is a dream nurtured over decades. For others, it’s the realization that they could walk away from their career right now and manage just fine. For still others, it comes as a virtual smack upside the head from a financial planner who asks why they’ve waited so long.
Medicare can cover most of your health care costs starting at age 65, but it leaves some big gaps: expensive deductibles and co-payments for hospital stays and doctor’s visits, and no coverage for prescription drugs. Most people supplement their Medicare coverage with a medigap plan and a Part D prescription-drug policy offered by private insurers.