There is an early retirement movement going on: financial independence, retire early (fire), an effort among millennials in particular to save aggressively in order to retire early or pursue other career or hobby interests. The FIRE movement is a recent phenomenon, starting less than a decade ago among millennials and spreading through social media channels.
April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to raise awareness about the need for financial education. April 2021 marks the 19th annual Financial Literacy Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy and the need for substantive financial education. Historical Background The holiday got its start in 2000 as Youth
How to address retirement savings that aren’t stacking up. No matter your age or background, saving for retirement is a common concern. Will yours be the storybook future, one spent sampling wines in the Napa Valley and golfing the world’s iconic links? Or will it be far more mundane and perhaps stressful, as you dutifully
Some of the biggest lessons your child may learn happen when they’re entering adulthood and getting ready to live independent lives. In a 2019 Pew Research study, most Americans say 22 is the ideal age for young adults to achieve financial indepen-dence. But in reality, only around one-quarter of 22-year-olds can make that claim. Between
For National College Savings Month in September, we discuss several burning issues about these popular college savings vehicles. Assets in 529 college savings plans more than doubled in ten years, topping $370 billion at the end of 2019 according to the Federal Reserve. Interest in 529 plans has grown as students and parents fret over
Are you on track to meet your goals? As you save for retirement, it helps to have an occasional “reality check”—a moment where you stand back and look at your progress. Here are two guidelines to keep in mind when you do. Look at your savings as a percentage of your household income at certain
If you’re facing unemployment or concerned about the possibility of upcoming layoffs, there are some small, proactive steps you can take now to help make this difficult time more manageable. Build Your Network. It’s estimated that over 80% of open positions are filled through networking.1 The easiest time to build your network is while you