Setting and Making Realistic Financial New Year’s Resolutions

It is almost that time of season when you will begin to ponder your new year’s resolution.  Will it be exercise?  Will it be a new diet? Or will it have something to do with improving your family finances.  Making resolutions (or goals) can be a very difficult process because it often makes you face some of your own realities like it or not.   When you decide to set goals that are realistic, I have been a big cheerleader over the years to use the S-M-A-R-T goal setting system.  Here is how it works. *S is for Specific– Be very specific about what you are trying to accomplish.  Don’t tell yourself you want to pay down debt.  Instead, give yourself a specific goal such as paying off $10,000 of debt. *M is for Measurable– Have a way to track your progress.   In the last example, make a chart for paying off $833 a month and cross it off each month ...

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VIDEO | How To Rollover Your 401k

Published on Nov 19, 2012 Why do you need to know the details on how to rollover an old 401(k) plan? FULL ARTICLE HERE – http://bit.ly/UP7gZK – The average person holds 11 jobs from the age of 18 to 44, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and for many of us that means 11 or more workplace retirement accounts. Because not all employer plans require you to leave the plan when you leave the company, you could end up with several, disparate retirement accounts. I like to use the analogy of being a babysitter when it comes to orphan 401(k) plans. Every time you leave an old an employer and start with a new, essentially you leave a child in a backyard. If you move between three or four different jobs over five to ten years, that means you’ll have several kids in several different backyards. The real question is how will you be able to babysit all of those kids and ...

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Take The Lump Sum Or The Pension?

You have spent 20 or 30 years working for the same company and now it is time to retire.    You have put money away in your 401(k) and some other savings, but your really large asset is the pension plan where money has been put away for you all of these years.     Your human resources or benefits department sends you this large packet of information telling you what options you have with your pension.   Unbeknownst to you, they tell you that you can either get one check in a lump sum or they offer you various options if you choose a lifetime pension.  So, what is the best direction to take with your pension plan? Part I- Taking The Pension The first option you have is to take the pension.   One of the things to consider up front is that taking the pension allows you to remove the stress of ever having to manage the money.  Essentially, you are turning ...

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Beneficiary Designations for your IRA

What Beneficiary Designations mean and why they matter… For most people, “estate planning” means drafting documents (such as a Last Will and Testament) that makes sure that your property is managed and distributed according to your wishes.  Drafting documents is the foundation of estate planning, but people who own retirement accounts, life insurance or other assets with beneficiary designations must go one step further.  When you die, the assets in your estate generally fall into one of two categories: probate property or non-probate property.  Probate property is governed by your Last Will and Testament.  Non-probate property, however, passes outside of your Will, and generally passes to a beneficiary named by you when the account or contract was opened. The most common examples of non-probate property are your IRA, 401(k) or life insurance.  These types of assets are non-probate property because they are paid to beneficiaries pursuant to a contract that you create when you open the account or purchase the ...

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Where did all my money go??

We're about 60 days into 2009, and one of the things people have been asking themselves is "where does all my money go?" When you look at your overall financial situation, your 401(k) has now been reduced to a 201(k). Your real estate property probably has devalued substantially, and really at the end of the day you make some income but you're not quite sure where all of money goes after you pay your expenses. One of the things that we recommend at this time is to ensure that you've got a quality spending plan in 2009. ...

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You Better Open That 401(k) Statement!

It's your retirement and if you don't take control, the government isn't going to bail you out. Most important, are you going to want to be that one person that can't explain what happened with the accident on the side of the road. Especially if it is your retirement. ...

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