The stock market experienced quite a few drops in January, causing a frantic debate in the media over whether or not another recession is coming. You might have been in college during the 2008 recession, or recently graduated and struggling to find a job. Or maybe you were a few years into your career and watched your 401(k) get cut in half. The recession was poorly-timed for Millennials like me … [Read more...] about Are You Prepared to Ride Out the Next Recession?
When you’re first getting your financial act together, the advice you’ll get pretty much boils down to: Create a budget Build up emergency savings Pay down debt Contribute enough to your 401(k) to get a company match, and fund a Roth IRA as well if you can You built up a solid career, got out of debt, started saving for retirement...in short, you’re doing everything right. … [Read more...] about You’re Doing Really Well Financially: Now What?
Starting an emergency fund can sound like a daunting task. Three to 6 months of your income, in one place? That's a big number! You may think you don’t even need an emergency fund. But don't be fooled into this line of thought. After all, it's hard to know exactly when an unexpected expense will pop up (but somehow it always seems to be at the most inconvenient times). Emergency funds help protect … [Read more...] about What Should Your Emergency Fund Look Like?
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 away? What … [Read more...] about Do Millennials Need an Estate Plan?
Many millennials don’t associate insurance as part of their financial picture, but it’s an important piece of financial planning. We are so focused on saving, paying down debt, and investing, that we sometimes forget about protection planning. Please note: every person’s situation is different so it’s important to work with a comprehensive financial planner to make sure you have the appropriate … [Read more...] about Protect Yourself and Your Stuff – An Insurance Overview