Millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. According to the Department of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million people, or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of one or more incidents of identity theft in 2014 (latest available). What’s more, about 7% of identity theft victims experienced out-of-pocket losses of $100 or more.
What’s on your end-of-the-year to-do list? Shopping for gifts? Making travel plans? What about spending some time with your investments? Conducting a review and making important decisions before 2018 comes to a close may help you lower your tax bill and get your portfolio on the right track for 2019.
I have watched NBC’s America’s Got Talent off and on through the years…and this season, I’ll admit I have found myself tuning in to more episodes than I thought I would. Season after season, I am reminded that America DOES have talent—and a lot of it!
Starting a family can be one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. It can also be among the most expensive. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, families in the United States could spend well above $200,000 for food, shelter and other necessities to raise a child through age 17—and that doesn’t include college!
According to a recent Gallup poll, the average American retires at age 61. That’s at least five years away from collecting full Social Security retirement benefits, not to mention pensions, which typically begin at age 65, when available. What’s more, Medicare coverage does not begin until age 65, leaving early retirees with potentially hefty health insurance premiums until Medicare kicks in. Read More
For investment purposes, companies generally can be categorized in one of three broad groups based on their size — large-cap, midcap and small-cap. “Cap” is short for market capitalization, which is the value of a company on the open market.
Owning company stock in your employer-sponsored retirement plan is not necessarily a bad thing. Company stock can potentially help employees profit from a company’s success and even provide tax benefits. But holding company stock can present unique risks, particularly if the stock allocation represents a large percentage of your total retirement plan assets.
It’s almost spring and thoughts of spring cleaning may be on your mind. Along with sprucing up your home for the upcoming warm weather, it might be even more important to take some time to spruce up your finances. Here are some ideas to get you started:
What’s on your end-of-the-year to-do list? Shopping for gifts? Making travel plans? What about spending some time with your investments? Conducting a review and making important decisions before 2017 comes to a close may help you lower your tax bill and get your portfolio on the right track for 2018.
Don’t look now because before you know it the season of giving — and spending — will be upon us. Don’t wait until the credit card bills arrive in January to think about how you’re going to pay for your holiday spending. Start now and consider these planning tips. Read More