Do you have lots of savings in cash, but not much invested for retirement? If so, you're not alone. A majority of Millennials prefer to keep their assets in cash and don't trust the idea of putting money into the market. That's not too surprising, since many members of Gen Y started life "in the real world" right before or during the Great Recession. We saw our parents retirement accounts crash … [Read more...] about 17 Investing Terms Millennials Should Understand
Estate planning? Really? Yes, really. It's no one's favorite topic and can be uncomfortable to think about. No one wants to imagine a worse-case scenario or simply not being here anymore. And it's really difficult to think about when you're so young and just revving up to the best years of your life. But stop and think for a moment: what would happen to your assets if you were to pass … [Read more...] about Do Millennials Need an Estate Plan?
A lot of emphasis is placed on saving money when we talk about personal finance. Saving more and spending less equal financial success, right? Fundamentally, yes, but that doesn't mean all spending is bad. Spending money becomes an issue when we do it mindlessly on things that don't bring us happiness, or when we spend money fruitlessly in an effort to solve problems that are … [Read more...] about Can Money Buy Happiness for Gen Y?
Your credit score is kind of like the GPA of your finances. Banks, lenders, and other entities check your credit score to help them determine whether or not to approve you for loans and credit cards and decide how much you’ll pay in interest charges. Your credit score also plays a role in getting approved for leases and helping your landlord decide how much to charge you in fees or a security … [Read more...] about Understanding Your Credit Score and How to Improve It
If you're like most Millennials, you have a lot on your plate. (And you're trying to do it all, too!) It's wonderful that you're so driven, but trying to juggle a bunch of financial priorities at once can quickly get complicated. After all, most of us only have so much cash to go around each month. When we're working toward more than one financial goal, how do we know what to put at the top of … [Read more...] about Should I Build Up Savings or Pay Down Debt?
This time of year can only mean one thing: a new wave of students is donning their caps and gowns and walking across a stage to finally accept their hard-earned college diplomas. It's a really exciting time in anyone's life — but it can be pretty scary, too. For recent grads — and even members of Generation Y who have been out of college for a few years — thinking about how they'll become … [Read more...] about 4 Ways Gen Y Can Maintain Good Financial Health