Category: Saving and Investing

Can you recommend a good financial planner? is among the most common questions I’ve received over the years writing on personal finance. Problem is, finding a financial planner who is trustworthy, competent and comes at a reasonable cost is hard…

(The following is excerpted from 401 Confidential by Michael J. Marini.) When you invest for retirement with a 401(k) plan, retirement plan companies get FAT on your money. By my estimate, roughly $25 million in excessive fees are being drained…

Recently, uncertainty over interest rates, international trade and geopolitics around the world has led to an increase in stock market volatility. What should investors do to protect themselves? One ultra-conservative way to approach investing is to decide how much of…

I recently attended a Milken Institute Future of Health Summit panel in Washington, D.C. called Race, Gender, and Work: The Economics of Healthy Aging. The experts’ insights whizzed across a range of topics from caregiving to investing and jobs, but…

For all the talk about Americans not saving enough for retirement, it turns out that when people are asked how they perceive life after careers, they’re remarkably upbeat, according to a recent MIT AgeLab survey. And that, actually, could be…

The financial planning profession has a big problem: less than 3.5 percent of all the 80,000 Certified Financial Planners (CFP) in the U.S. are black or Latino — just 2,700. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning released a survey…

(Editor’s Note: This story is part of a partnership between Next Avenue and Chasing the Dream, a public media initiative on poverty and opportunity.) Back in 2013, I blogged on Next Avenue about the excellent PBS FRONTLINE documentary, The Retirement Gamble,…

Most retirement planning articles talk about 401(k)s, because these retirement plans are aimed at people who work for companies. But public employees who work for government agencies and state colleges or universities have special retirement-planning rules. If you’re a public…

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