Planning for a Strong Financial Future

By Lee Baker, CFP One of my favorite things as a child was reading comic books. To be honest, if I had more free time, I would probably read them now. Like me, most of you probably remember the Charles Atlas ads in comic books and other magazines. You know the story: A bully kicks sand in a skinny kid’s face. Deciding to do something about it, the skinny kid sends for a free book from Charles Atlas that promises …

Some Lucky Workers Getting More Company Cash in Their 401(k)s

Remember when AOL announced recently that it would pay its 401(k) matching contributions to employees in a lump sum at the end of the year, rather than during each pay period, potentially costing employees’ retirement nest eggs thousands of dollars? If workers left in November, they’d lose out on nearly a year’s worth of company contributions. Those who stayed forfeited any gains made throughout the year. The tech company was forced to reverse its policy after an outcry by employees. (Criticism …

Are You Planning to Work Into Your Retirement Years?

Three-fourths of employed adults plan to keep working past retirement age, many because they want to, according to a new Gallup poll. “‘Retirement’” once connoted a lifestyle free from the demands of work, but also reliance on personal savings and Social Security,” Gallup noted. “Both of those impressions may change if Americans carry through on their intent to continue working, at least part time, after reaching retirement age.” And that could be a good thing, according to Gallup. “While this …

Retiring Later? Join the Club

The brutal economic downturn that began in 2008 and the subsequent sluggish recovery has thrown a cold splash of reality on many Americans’ dreams of a comfortable, stress-free retirement. So it’s probably not much of a surprise that Americans are now retiring at an older age than they did just a few years ago, and that most of us expect to keep working to age 65 or older. The big surprise, though, according to Gallup’s newly released annual economic and …

Re-Thinking Your Nest Egg

Economic uncertainty and the rough waters of the recession haven’t been kind to any of us – especially as we’ve watched our retirement savings dwindle. In a recent New York Times article on the impact of the recession on planning for retirement, reporter Steven Greenhouse summed up the way many feel: “This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.” No one would argue with that. Unfortunately, smaller nest eggs are the new normal. And costs for all of us …

Nest Egg Rebound?

Here is an article from Newsweek today on the bounceback of 401(k)s since the stock market has rebounded as of late. However, unfortunately, workers who are very close to retirement have accounts that have less money than they did at the end of 2007 – because their accounts had more to begin with. We’re talking about workers aged 55-64, who have been at their job at least 10 years. It may be ironic, but it also makes mathematical sense. The …