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How Millennials Can Retire With A Million Dollars

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of working millennials say they will never accumulate $1 million in savings over their lifetime, according to the Wells Fargo Millennial Study. Six in ten (59%) of millennials have started saving for retirement, whereas 41% have not. Of the millennials who are not saving for retirement, 64% say they are “not making enough money to save for retirement.” The Wells Fargo Millennial study was conducted by GfK and surveyed over 1,000 U.S. adults between the ages of 22 and 35, with an additional oversample of 500 Hispanic millennials for comparison purposes. (source:wellsfargo.com). We originally started oXYGen as an XY company, so it is only fitting that we help this 64% with five key money tips on how to retire with a million dollars. Be An Avid Bill Shopper First and foremost, make sure you shop your student debt which will likely be the number one initial inhibitor to long term wealth building. Make sure first, that if ...

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Three Mistakes With Retirement Planning Assumptions

When you last did your projections for retirement through the tools offered from your 401(k) plan or the book your financial advisor put together, are you sure the assumptions that were made were explained to you clearly?    Or, did you challenge each assumption made within the financial plan to be certain that the assumptions matched your level of risk tolerance.   The assumptions made within your financial plan can be very conservative or very aggressive depending on your viewpoint about planning for your retirement.   Making assumptions is something we do every day in our lives.   Essentially, as assumption is nothing more than something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof.  In other words, it is belief without proof.   When it comes to your retirement, you need to ask about these three assumptions or your retirement plan may really be nothing more than a pipe dream. 1.) Inflation Assumption – Most financial plans give you or a financial advisor a ...

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VIDEO | Is It Too Late To Begin Saving For Retirement?

Published on Jul 24, 2012 FULL ARTICLE – http://bit.ly/Mj5qvS – You are 45 years old and it dawns on you that your college days are looking further and further in your review view mirror and you can see the exit sign for retirement not too far down the road. As you sit down at your kitchen table to really assess your overall financial situation, you begin to ponder the life and financial mistakes you have made. You wonder to yourself, “Should I even bother trying to save? Is it too late for me begin saving for retirement?” ...

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Have you ever heard that saying that money can burn a hole in your pocket?   Although you can find many different meanings for this expression, over the past decade I have seen spending run out of control on a personal level.   Eating out using to a perk for most families, and now an $80 meal during the week is the norm.    Picking up a luxury item only happened on special days like holidays or birthdays, but now people buy them whenever they are in the mood.   We have been conditioned over the past decade to always make sure we get the BEST!   Of course, why wouldn’t any of want the best if we could afford to buy it with our hard earned money. Credit cards have given many people power.    When you have money in the bank you feel like you have power.  With just a swipe of your debit card, you have the power.   Yes, because you have money ...

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What If I Do Not File My Taxes?

I am still amazed about how many people call us or come into our office having not filed their taxes for multiple prior years.   Some people file for an extension ever year at tax time, while others work feverishly to get them done by April 15th.  What happens if you don’t file your taxes? Obviously, we don’t ever recommend using this as a strategy.  As the famous saying goes, the only thing you can count on in life are death and taxes.  Beyond the interest you will owe for failure to file/failure to pay/underpayment issues, there could also be a number of penalties that you could face as well. Criminal Fraud – Unless you want the old Wesley Snipes issue, evading pay taxes is illegal anyway that you slice it up.   It’s my opinion that the IRS is going to get even tougher on these non-taxpayers, and if you are found guilty you could be subject to massive court determined ...

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5 Questions To Ask Before Refinancing?

With interest rates being incredibly low, I have been asked the question over and over the past several months about whether or not it is a good idea to refinance a home. Here are 5 questions I would consider before taking the plunge to refinance. 1)  How long do I plan to live in the home? Since most people don’t live a home for 30 years, you generally don’t see mortgages taken out on a home actually complete their full 30 year (or 15 year) cycles.  Since there are so many variations of mortgages today, (i.e.- ARM’s, 5/1, 15 year, 30 year), it is important to make a determination first on how long you think you will live in your current home. 2) What are the costs to refinance my home? There is no so thing as a free lunch. If you choose to refinance your home, there will be costs associated with making that transaction. You will have a ...

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9 financial tips for Generation Y

9 financial tips for Generation Y. Perhaps not surprisingly, more than half of employees between 21 and 32 say that they're living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent survey by insurer Metlife. Nearly three-fourths of respondents are concerned about making ends meet. Fortunately, you can get off to a sound financial start with these nine tips. ...

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