We recently posted a New York Times article "Does Personal Finance Still Work in Our Changing Economy?" on our Facebook page. It opened with references to Income Volatility, an economic situation that many Americans find themselves in today. If irregular employment, inconsistent work hours, and unpredictable income are the new normal in your life, does it mean that you should give up on savings and retirement planning?
With so many unpredictable factors affecting our lives and the economy in 2020, how can we anticipate positive change as this year continues to unfold? The key might be to control what you can and prepare for the tides that could turn either way in the months ahead.
Some don’t think filing early is a big advantage, especially if they plan to get a refund and won’t be penalized for late returns. Others file extensions to defer paying taxes. Here are some of the reasons you should think seriously about filing your tax return as early as possible from year to year.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming for small business owners and the self-employed with side gigs to manage their wealth-building. It takes putting three simple concepts to work with corresponding plans of action to ensure you have what you need for retirement and other personal financial goals.
With careful management, any amount of money you make can work hard and increase in usefulness and the ability to create wealth, stability, and comfort for you and your family for generations. Conversely, even with an incredibly generous income, if not strategically managed, you can end up with cycles of debt, and chronic financial anxiety.
Many well-intentioned people think they are following sound financial advice when in reality, they’ve bought into some dangerous money management myths. This can lead to real financial trouble. If this sounds eerily familiar, then keep calm and read on. Here are some of the most common myths.
Tax time during a pandemic can be complicated for everyone. Landlords adversely affected by the loss of rent payments must understand the tax laws for 2020. There have been some changes and adjustments related to COVID-19 in 2020. We offer some guidance on how those changes interact with existing rental income tax laws.
Debt has become more the rule than the exception in the financial lives of most Americans. The best financial advice anyone can offer, however, is to free yourself from a seemingly endless cycle of debt accumulation and repayment. Debt can hinder other financial goals and get in the way of investing in your future.
An essential part of financial planning begins with ascertaining your resources, debt, and dreams for life, which is the basis for financial goal setting. The best advice for setting long-range financial goals is to start early to have the most time to achieve them. But what about short and mid-range goals?
Even though we don’t like to talk about it, our finances and money management habits are a primary way to ensure economic security - or the lack of it - for ourselves, our families, and retirement. Let’s look at the time-honored practices of good money management and how to use them effectively to create a bright and comfortable financial future.