The 7 Things Your Kids and Grandkids Need to Know About Money

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |Money Essentials | Comments

Money & SavingsOver at LifeTuner, we have a series of seven rules designed to help get your kids and grandkids financially fit and keep them that way that we call the “7 Smart Money Essentials.” Some are hard-and-fast rules (Save at Least 10%), others are general guidelines (Limit Your Debt), and while we’re proud of how effective they can be, they were looking kind of…, well, blah. Personal finance can be mundane, but it doesn’t have to be. To help us shake …

The Takeaway: Retirement Pessimism Goes Global

Posted on 06/7/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA new survey conducted by Dutch insurance company AEGON shows retirement pessimism extends far beyond American borders. Participants from eight European countries and the United States showed similarly dismal views on their ability to save and plan for retirement securely. Only 15 percent of workers said they are confident they’re on the right track with retirement savings; 71 percent believe future generations will be worse-off in retirement than current retirees.

The Takeaway: 401(k) Fees Reduce Savings by 30 Percent, Says Study

Posted on 05/31/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayHmmm … 401(k) plans can help you save money for retirement, but they many also cost you more than you realize. According to a new study from research firm Demos, the average American couple pay nearly $155,000 in 401(k) fees in the course of building up their proverbial nest egg; wealthier couples could pay nearly $278,000. These fees can reduce 401(k) savings by an average of 30 percent.

The Takeaway: Americans Okay With Their Overspending

Posted on 05/25/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt seems a lot of Americans are okay with spending beyond their means from time to time. A new survey conducted by COUNTRY Financial found 52 percent of respondents periodically spend more than they earn in a given month. Yet only 9 percent believe their lifestyle is more than they can afford.

The Takeaway: Older Americans Feel Better About Their Money

Posted on 05/22/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodaySo much of the financial news about older Americans is downbeat. More of them are falling into poverty.  A disproportionate number of older workers lost jobs in April. Will they get new ones? Don’t hold your breath. At last, welcome news: a Gallup survey finds that Americans ages 75 and older are the most likely (72 percent) of all age groups to say they feel good about the amount of money they have. Not only that, they’re the most likely …

Study: Boomers Give Up Savings to Help Parents, Kids

Posted on 05/8/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingBaby boomers are selfless? Apparently many are, according to a new study by Ameriprise Financial. The financial group’s recent study, Money Across Generations, polls three generations: affluent baby boomers (with $100,000 or more in investable assets) along with both the parents and the children (over age 18) of baby boomers. New findings from the study indicate that baby boomers are holding off on major purchases and instead of channeling those savings into retirement accounts to support their Gen X and …