Planning for your own retirement is enough of a challenge. Combine that with aging parents that haven’t adequately prepared for their’s and the task is beyond overwhelming. When faced with the task of financial planning for elderly parents, where do you turn? That is precisely the question a client of mine brought to me. His father had recently died, and his mother now faced doing life alone. He came to me asking advice about how to make his mother’s money last for the rest of her life.
The media is excited to say that the stock market is at an all-time high. This news has people emailing and calling us daily asking… “should I sell my stocks?” This is a reasonable question. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has grown almost 300% percent since hitting bottom in early 2009, and people want to know if it’s time to be a bull or a bear.
With today’s ever-advancing technology, tracking your finances has never been easier. No matter what route you’re hoping to take with your fiscal matters, there’s likely a website or app to help you get there. Here are my five top budgeting apps that can and will help you keep tabs on your money.
When looking for investment strategies to help you increase your retirement, one of the hottest options out there right now to invest in is individual real estate. Pundit after pundit is screaming, “Buy real estate! Buy real estate!” And while I don’t necessarily disagree with this concept, I do have a few suggestions to make before you start using retirement funds to buy real estate investments.
CONGRATULATIONS, friend! You just sold your business!!! You’ve realized success! Assuming that the statistics from the Exit Planning Institute are true, and 80% of businesses below 50 million dollars in revenue never sell, then you’ve just joined an elite minority of business owners. Way to go! You’ve just done something that few people have ever done. But what do you do now? If you’ve just received a financial windfall, what do you do with the money after the sale of your business?
One of the most common questions I get on a daily basis is—will the stock market go up or down in the near future? My standard response to that is—it’s going to go up OR it’s going to go down. Pick your direction. If the stock market was predictable from one day to the next, then we wouldn’t have the Powerball! We would all be independently wealthy.