financial

Bipartisanship and Boomer Women

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Money & Savings | PoliticsMonths before the recent budget agreement was reached, a bipartisan exchange of ideas took place on a much smaller-scale when four legislators joined an AARP-sponsored forum on financial challenges facing boomer women. Topics ranged from trying to “have it all” in terms of balancing work and family, to the need for women to “lean in” and help each other, to the uncertain financial future many women face. Moderated by award-winning financial journalist and best-selling author Jean Chatzky, the panel of …

Does My Financial Adviser Have My Best Interest at Heart?

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you think your financial adviser is giving you retirement investment advice that’s in your best interest, you could be sadly mistaken. What you may not know is that many financial professionals aren’t required to put their clients’ best interests first because they’re not bound to a fiduciary standard (a legal requirement to act in the investor’s best interest). So the financial advisers you trust may actually be motivated more by the commissions they get from steering you into certain …

Thin or Fiscally Fit: You Choose

Posted on 07/31/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWould you rather be thin or debt-free? I know, you want to be both. For those of us who are overweight and underwater, it’s a nice dilemma to mull over (beats the quandary of saving for retirement or paying for your kid’s college education). But it wasn’t a tough call for 72 percent of 2,021 Americans polled. They’d rather keep their current debt than the alternative: gain 25 pounds and owe nothing. Related: Be Debt-Free in a Year or Less Maybe …

The Organized Caregiver: Documents and Easily Accessible Tech Tools

Posted on 02/22/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Caregiving  Being organized is the key to success for all caregivers, but it can definitely be a challenge to gather and keep track of all the important documents and information you’ll need. I suggest you gather your loved one’s information in one secure place for easy access. Here are the documents I’ve found to be critical as I am caregiving for my parents, and (above) my Taking Care with Amy Goyer video on cool tech tools to help you stay organized and …

More Americans Support Aging Parents — And Grown Kids

Posted on 01/30/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFor many years, we’ve thought of the “sandwich generation” as people who are taking care of older parents while raising young children of their own. But that seems to be changing. Many people today are taking care of their moms and dads— and, increasingly, their grown kids who still need financial help. So even though their nests are empty, their wallets are quickly emptying too. According to a new Pew Research Center report released today: Nearly half (47%) of adults age 40-59 have a parent 65 or …

Guest Post: Women Entrepreneurs Pay It Forward

Posted on 11/28/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeOne of the many most gratifying aspects of working with women entrepreneurs is how amazingly supportive of each other they are. Even within the same industry and competitive focus women go out of their way to help each other out. I see it again and again. Most often we hear it at SmartGirls Way when we ask one entrepreneur to give a little bit of time to someone whose business would be supported—or heart encouraged—from some time with another entrepreneur. …