Many millennials were either just starting our careers or still in school in 2008, and now we’re older, with more complicated lives and the additional bank accounts to match. Many of us have kids and mortgages now, or small businesses with employees we’ve had to lay off — or both. Once again, we’re faced with a truly scary time. We’re afraid for our health and the wellbeing of the people we love. … [Read more...] about What Does Market Volatility Mean for Your Investments?
You daydream about quitting your job if you won the lottery. The truth is, for most people, accumulating wealth takes time. Getting rich slowly isn’t what most people talk about, but it’s the real path to wealth. It’s not sexy or exciting — it’s pretty much like watching paint dry. Very few people develop an app they sell for millions of dollars, or make a fortune flipping houses. Most … [Read more...] about Wealth Doesn’t Happen Overnight — Here’s How to Get Rich Slowly
I regularly assign my clients money-related homework assignments, and I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s hard to deal with your money. I struggle, too! (That’s why I hire a financial planner myself.) I also try to help my clients knock out a few tasks during their meetings so they feel accomplished after our calls. Even when you know it’ll only take a few minutes, or that it’s a smart move, … [Read more...] about Ways People Put Off Actually Dealing With Their Money
This is the first post in a series on employer stock programs. A number of our clients work for startups that offer incentive stock options (ISOs) as part of their benefits packages. If you’re working at a startup (and not a publicly traded company) and have been given a company stock package, they are most likely ISOs. But how do ISOs work? What does it mean to exercise stock? Will you … [Read more...] about The Gen Y Planning Guide to Company Stock: What are ISOs?
Nothing inspires my writing more than what my clients and readers (like you!) ask me about. Since I started my blog, your questions, like your lives, have become more complicated. I want to highlight the most popular blog posts of the past year, because they cover some meaty topics that I know many of you are wondering about right now. Just in case you missed them the first time, here they are … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Gen Y Planning Blog Posts of the Year
This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. I would like to learn more about the pros and cons of socially responsible investing (e.g. VFTSX fund instead of VTSAX). What are the criteria used for picking stocks in funds like that? Socially responsible investing has … [Read more...] about Ask Gen Y Planning: Should I Be a Socially Responsible Investor?