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Any parent knows how difficult it can be to watch your children struggle, and the urge to step in and help out financially can be a strong one. But it turns out you could be doing more harm than good, especially when it comes to your own finances. Be sure you’re funding your own needs, such as retirement and savings accounts, before you open your wallet to your children.
Paying off your mortgage can be a very attractive option when you find yourself with extra money. Not so fast, though! Is paying that mortgage off really your best financial option? While being mortgage-free can definitely be a good thing, you should be sure it doesn’t make more sense to invest that money. We’ll walk you through what you should be thinking about to make the best decision for your situation.
Retirement changes are on the horizon with the House’s passing of the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. The act is designed to encourage saving for retirement and promote long-term financial stability. Read on to see how the proposed changes might affect your retirement planning, and when the bill could go into effect if it passes the Senate.
Investing in farmland used to mean purchasing and running a farm. These days, it’s possible to invest in farmland through two different investment structures. We explore both and weigh the pros and cons.
Pensions are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but if you still have one it’s important to understand your payout options once you retire. We explore the pros and cons of both options so you can make an informed decision.
Simon Pagenaud might have taken this year’s checkered flag at the Indy 500, but you can still take the flag for your finances. With the support of a team and flexibility for those unplanned things that can throw a monkey wrench in your plans, you could find yourself steering your finances into the winner’s circle!
Heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes are all examples of chronic illnesses. One out of every two Americans has some type of a chronic condition. While this can be a physical and mental challenge, it can also have a financial impact.
It’s May in Indy, the race car engines are revving and everyone is gearing up for the big race – but be aware of overspending on credit cards during the festivities or you could be on a collision course with bad credit. We break down the details on avoiding credit score dents to help you win your race for financial security!
When it comes to asset allocation, there’s no solution that’s one-size-fits-all. As you near retirement, it’s increasingly important to be sure that your balance of stocks to bonds is appropriate. We’ve detailed two methods to help determine what your asset allocation should look like.
Retirement party – check. Packing up your office – check. Saying goodbye to your colleagues – check. So now what? Many people might answer “Visit the grandkids, travel, and do all the things I didn’t have time to do when I worked.” But what will your daily life look like in retirement? It’s just as important to plan your daily activities as it is those special times you’ll spend during your golden years, so be sure it’s part of your overall retirement plan.
Teaching children financial literacy skills early in life can help set them up for future financial success, but where’s a parent to begin? At Bedel, we encourage parents to teach the three S’s – saving, smart spending, and sharing. Read on for the details on each.
Estate planning is an important part of any financial plan – even for young adults with no children. Whether you’re on your own or married, it’s critical to communicate your wishes through incapacity documents and a last will and testament. We’ve detailed the documents you should think about as you create your estate plan.