How you can tell if you have a good 401k plan

Does Your Company Have A Good 401(k)? A recent study done by The Pew Charitable Trust found that 35 percent of private sector workers over the age of 22 don’t work for a company that offers a 401(k) plan.  What’s scary is that the 65% that do have a retirement plan offered through the workplace today, still don’t even understand how the plans work and how to maximize the plan for their personal benefit.  Terms including matching, profit sharing, vesting, Roth 401(k), target funds, and many more can be overwhelming.   In a recent sample I did with my own clients, 10 out of 10 people did not know what a summary plan description was or where to find it on their company intranet. Having a 401(k) at work is going to be an important savings element for your financial future.  Far too often, employees don’t realize they can go to their owner, CEO, Benefits or HR department, and tell them ...

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When Mom Never Asked Dad About the Finances

This post was sponsored by Regions Bank.  All opinions are my own. Making financial decisions can be tough with or without the right tools. As young professionals juggle many financial priorities, it’s important to realize the gravity of our decisions and the influence those around us have on us, whether that be found in a role-model or through a family member. There is no doubt that your childhood and upbringing have a massive influence on how you manage your finances in adulthood.  These range from small items to how you handle traditions during the holidays to whether or not you decide to take grand scale type vacations.  My “boss” behavior was dramatically impacted with an event that changed my life forever and what got me into the business of becoming a financial advisor. While attending Boston College, I had always planned to do a double major in finance and accounting.  My real goal was to become an investment banker in ...

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What To Do If You Win The Lottery

This past Tuesday, the Mega Millions jackpot became the third largest jackpot in the history of the game with the winning prize at $548,000,000.  The Powerball and Mega Millions combined was almost $1,000,000,000!  That is a jackpot which will permanently change lives, and it is the largest Mega Millions prize since 2013 when $648,000,000 was split between two winners in California and Georgia. Yes, Georgia!  The record jackpot happened in 2012 and was split between three winners.  Whether you win the lottery, get an inheritance, or receive a windfall, there are important steps you need to know to make sure you plan your finances correctly.  With the jackpot being so high, here are my tips what to do if you win the lottery. Make sure to sign your ticket– The last thing in the world you want to do is to lose or misplace the winning ticket. You should sign the back of the ticket and then make a couple ...

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How to Have a Proactive Retirement Plan

Ted Jenkin, ranked the #4 Financial Advisor in the U.S. by Investopedia, took some time to chat with us to discuss the importance of saving income, investing wisely and preparing for retirement. It’s no joke that America is not prepared for retirement. Emotional spending is rampant in our consumerist and social-media-driven culture, and sadly many seniors are relying on Social Security to get them through retirement. Many people are living longer in the 21st century with technology and healthcare advances and a meager savings is not enough income to sustain a happy day-to-day retirement lifestyle. Ted Jenkin, founder and CEO of oXYGen Financial, comments: “People are unequivocally not saving enough for their futures. They succumb to lifestyle inflation, which means – in theory – that their income expands. The problem is that expenses have a tendency to expand for more luxurious lifestyles as they make more money. One of the main culprits is social media, as there is peer pressure and images of luxurious vacations, gourmet dining, ...

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Enjoying the City for Cheap

As a millennial or individual who lives in the city of Atlanta (or right outside of it) I’m always looking for the next thing to do to enjoy my weekend. However, it always comes at a cost and those costs add up. I mean just think about what one date costs and multiply that by 10 and that’s what you wind up spending just in 1 month, and that’s on the low end. Though if you try to save money by hanging out at the house that can lead to the new disease that so much of us struggle with in this Instagram driven world which is FOMO. That leads to the age-old question of is there a way to cure this disease, while also ensuring that you protect your wallet? Now you may say there’s no possible way… but before you click off the article I can assure you there is a way and something you will probably want ...

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How To Protect Yourself From The Recent Facebook Breach

Facebook announced a data breach on Friday, Sept. 28, in which the personal information of 50 million user accounts was put at risk due to a vulnerability in the social network’s code. The attack potentially exposed personal information and gave hackers the ability to take control of users’ profiles. Since discovering the breach, Facebook has fixed the vulnerability and has informed law enforcement to investigate. Was My Facebook Account Affected? About 50 million Facebook users were affected by the code vulnerability, which gives hackers the ability to steal “access tokens” that allow users to stay logged into their accounts. (When you sign in to a site or app with your username and password, your browser or device typically receives a digital key known as an access token that lets you stay logged in without having to re-enter your credentials every time. That token does not actually store your password.) Fraudsters could use these access tokens to not only take over users’ ...

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How To Complain Effectively Using Social Media

We hear a lot of complaining today about social media.  It’s in our faces daily with political events, people posting too many pictures of their vacations, and stories that we probably better off not knowing before we saw the sixty second video.  As customer service continues to decline across service industries, there may be an angle on how to actually use social media to effectively complain and get what you want. There are those in life who seem to be able to negotiate better than others when making their complaints.  Perhaps they have the right timing.   Possibly it can be related to their instincts.  Or, could it be that they know how to create a well-oiled plan to get their desired outcome? Recently, I had an interaction with Chipotle that can demonstrate how simple it is to get what you want and do it in an effective manner. On September 9th, my family asked me to pick up dinner and ...

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