Most of the guilt people feel about spending money on unnecessary things arises from knowing they aren’t making tomorrow easier.
I never imagined commerce screeching to a halt, leaving millions of Americans paralyzed with fear and struggle.
Retirement has two primary elements, and they’re shockingly obvious at first glance. You must navigate the financial and the non-financial aspects of retirement.
I’ve come to learn that three areas need to be addressed when teaching teens how to handle money. They all feel intertwined, but they aren’t.
Of course, you want your adviser to know his stuff, but how he communicates those concepts can be the difference between a good relationship and a bad one.
I’d now like to introduce you to my candidate for the most difficult financial task a person must accomplish in a lifetime: decreasing an established lifestyle.
The housing market is red-hot, the travel industry is on the verge of poetic justice earned by a year lost, and certain consumer goods are increasingly difficult to find.
New grads will face many challenges, but if they address the retirement challenge from the very beginning, everything else will fall into place.
Twenty years ago, you took action on a major hole in your financial plan and then spent the last 20 years making the best of the time you bought yourself.
The trick is to understand whether you’ve put yourself in a position to ignore the financial ramifications of a seemingly fortuitous opportunity.
The way I figured, as long as I didn’t have a storage unit, or even a garage I couldn’t pull my car into, I was doing just fine.
An early commitment to saving is what got the job done here, and now you get to reap the rewards of that decision.
I’m happy that our familiar manifestations of joy are on the horizon, but my crystal ball (my hairless head) tells me 2022 and 2023 could produce the largest consumer debt burdens of all time.
When people don’t take the time to develop an investment strategy—generally because they don’t want to see how far behind they are—they’re more likely to adopt an “anything goes” philosophy.
I believe the ability to change your personal financial philosophy is a wonderful privilege that many people simply ignore, if not deny.
Those very close to you—even well-adjusted adult children raised by you—will struggle to contextualize your balance sheet, which often becomes a detriment to their financial existence.
Context is everything, and there’s no way you’ll ever have enough context to understand another person’s financial life, especially in casual, social settings.
Our year-end household financial meeting has become something we look forward to as late December ticks on.
Not needing a lot of money is a better strategy than having a lot of money.
I feel I’ve already learned a ton from this experience so far, and those lessons have brought me a sense of thankfulness.