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Money Conversations

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

When you are in a close relationship, it can be easy to put off talking about money with your partner. Even if you’re anxious about your financial situation, it’s important to be open to discussing it.

It is possible to work toward multiple goals at once, such as saving for retirement and paying down student debt, but both partners need to be on the same page. Just because the conversation may be uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean it shouldn’t happen.

Clever Tactics To Help Employees Achieve Retirement Success

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Behavioral finance strategies improve the odds

Applying a few innovative moves in your 401(k) plan could result in increased retirement savings for your employees. That’s because, when it comes to money, subconscious perceptions can torpedo a plan participant’s success.

Applying behavioral finance principles may help employees overcome obstacles that often keep them from making rational financial decisions. Here are a few financial behaviors that could be sabotaging employee retirement savings, along with ideas from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) that may serve to counter them. (more…)

The Lowdown on Health Savings Accounts

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

With longer life spans come extended healthcare needs — and significantly more dollars required to pay for them.

It’s more likely today that you’ll live longer than your grandparents did. The flip side is that you may spend far more on doctors’ bills and treatment for chronic illnesses than previous generations. With healthcare costs continuing to rise along with life expectancies, health savings accounts (HSAs) are an increasingly popular way to bridge the retirement and health savings gap.

Most retirees are under funding their future healthcare needs (more…)

2018 Success…and Turbulence

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

The assumption when plan sponsors began to include auto features in their 401(k) plans was that participation rates and deferral amounts would increase — but no one knew for sure. As time has passed, it appears the assumption was good: auto-enrollment and auto-increases have had very positive results overall.

Plans that include auto-enrollment enjoy an average participation rate that is nearly double that of plans not using this feature: 85.6% participate in plans that include auto-enrollment, compared to 43.7% for those without. Even better, more than one-third (37%) of plans using auto-enrollment have a default deferral rate of 6% or higher.

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Student Debt Putting Retirement Planning on Hold?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Near-retirees and mid-career workers feeling similar stress as recent college grads

There’s no doubt that the rising cost of college is putting lots of financial stress on American workers. Frequently, the cost of a 4-year private university is more than the average cost of a home in most areas of the country. Here is a snapshot of the student-loan landscape, along with some suggestions for what to do if you’re feeling the pinch. (more…)

November Checklist for Plan Sponsors

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

  • Prepare to issue a payroll stuffer or other announcement to employees to publicize the plan’s advantages and benefits, and any plan changes becoming effective in
  • Conduct a campaign to encourage participants to review and, if necessary, update their mailing addresses to ensure their receipt of Form 1099-R to be mailed in January for reportable plan transactions in
  • Check current editions of enrollment materials, fund prospectuses and other plan information that is available to employees to ensure that they are up-to-date.

Financial Term To Know: Beta

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

In finance and investments, beta is a measurement of whether an investment is more or less volatile than the market as a whole. An investment with beta of one moves exactly in line with the market. An investment with beta less than one is less volatile than the market, while an investment with beta greater than one is more volatile than the market.

You can use beta as part of a range of criteria to choose investments that match your specific goals, time horizon, and risk preferences.

What’s Keeping You From Saving?

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Many people say they don’t invest for retirement because they don’t have the money. Turns out the issue may be more related to indecisiveness than lack of available funds. It’s not that people are indecisive about saving and investing, but more that they don’t know it’s okay to be decisive.

Very few decisions in life that are made incorrectly can’t be fixed. One useful technique is to write down your financial goals. Often you can gain the clarity you need to make your next money decision.

Am I going to make it to retirement?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

When there are three months left in the year, it could be a great time to revisit the progress you’ve made toward your financial goals.

These may include creating an emergency fund, debt management, planning a first car or home purchase (or refinancing), considering long-term care needs for yourself or other loved ones, or setting up a college savings plan, among others.

American Retirement Expectations Vary by Ethnicity and Culture

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

It seems that expectations about retirement are not the same for Americans of every background. In fact, they can vary widely depending upon ethnicity and culture.

When asked whether or not they had calculated how much they would need to retire, about half of the respondents to a recent survey said yes. But breaking the responses down by culture and ethnicity, differences emerged. On the high end, 61% of Asian Indians had performed the calculation, compared to 39% of Korean respondents, the fewest among the surveyed groups.

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