Americans’ Financial Plan Is Not to Plan

Some people might prefer bathing the dog to sitting down and creating a financial plan. However, adults who take the time to develop a comprehensive financial plan are more likely to manage their money successfully, and are more confident about reaching their goals, like saving for retirement or paying off credit-card debt, according to a report released Wednesday. Unfortunately, they’re in the minority. Only one-third (32 percent) of some 1,002 people surveyed say they’ve created a comprehensive financial plan. And …

New Thinking about Budgeting for Your Second Adulthood

This is a guest post by Bart Astor. For years financial planners have been preaching that in your retirement years you should plan on spending about 70% of your current income. This number was based on a number of factors, including: You don’t need to continue to save for your retirement years You won’t be paying into Federal Insurance Contributions Act Tax (Social Security and Medicare) You won’t have commuting and work expenses Your house will be close to or already …

Retirement Savings: Are We There Yet?

OK, so maybe you won’t be buying a second home in Aspen in retirement. But a new analysis of our 401(k) plans suggests we’re inching closer to other retirement goals, like saving enough money so that we won’t have to wrestle the cat for food when we’re older. Though it may not seem like enough just yet, our 401(k) balances have hit their highest levels in seven years, an average of $81,240 in 2012, according to human resources consultant Aon …

Would You Swap Pay for Retirement Income?

Would you be willing to give up a portion of your salary if it meant having guaranteed income in retirement? A vast majority of you said yes. That sentiment, and other concerns, were revealed in a new study that underscores just how vulnerable American workers feel about being solely responsible for their financial well-being in retirement. Of some 1,000 workers surveyed, four in five say they’d sacrifice 5 percent or more of their salary if it meant having reliable income …

1 In 4 Older Adults Can’t Come Up With $2,000

The deep recession ended four years ago, but the financial fallout remains for many older Americans. Some are so strapped that if an unexpected expense like a  major car or house repair arose in the next month, more than 1 in 4 adults age 55 or older couldn’t muster $2,000 to pay for it. Tapping into their home equity for financial help isn’t an option for 1 in 12 in that age group. They owe more on their home than …