Money Guide (Page 34)

Retirement Savings: Should You Opt for a Pension or a Lump Sum

Let’s say you’ve been working for around 20 to 30 years and are finally reaching your retirement age. Now you have a big decision to make – should you opt for pension or a lump sum? In most cases, pension plans give workers the choice to either opt to take a lump sum from time to time, or monthly check payments throughout their lives from then onwards. Most workers prefer to choose lump sum... ❯❯❯

Time To Be Open With Our Children About Saving

Recent research from the Bank of Cyprus has revealed that around half of all UK parents looking to open a Junior ISA for their child are also planning to keep that account secret, or withhold information about it. It’s understandable that some parents are worried about what will happen to the money that they painstakingly invested for their children over the course of 18 years. The worry stems... ❯❯❯

Strategies for Saving Money in a Divorce

Divorce is currently on the rise nationwide. Sometimes couples simply have to end their relationship for various reasons. In addition, an expensive divorce can have a profound impact on a person’s financial status. Both partners can save money as the financial, legal, and emotional issues of divorce approach. An average American divorce costs range from $14,000 to $30,000. Here are some strategies... ❯❯❯

The Concealed Costs of Owning a Home

The interest in homeownership is again on the rise, thanks to declining home prices and mortgage rates in many markets. Renters are getting tired of seeing their expenses rise every year, and owning a home is one of the easiest paths to financial solidity. Every mortgage payment you make will build equity, and when home values rise, your assets will grow. Before applying for a mortgage, you... ❯❯❯

Why You Should Invest

Investing has become increasingly important over the years, as the future of social security benefits becomes unknown. People want to insure their futures, and they know that if they are depending on Social Security benefits, and in some cases retirement plans, that they may be in for a rude awakening when they no longer have the ability to earn a steady income. Investing is the answer to the... ❯❯❯

How Much Money Should You Invest?

Many first time investors think that they should invest all of their savings. This isn’t necessarily true. To determine how much money you should invest, you must first determine how much you actually can afford to invest, and what your financial goals are. First, let’s take a look at how much money you can currently afford to invest. Do you have savings that you can use? If so, great! However,... ❯❯❯

Different Types of Investments

Overall, there are three different kinds of investments. These include stocks, bonds, and cash. Sounds simple, right? Well, unfortunately, it gets very complicated from there. You see, each type of investment has numerous types of investments that fall under it. There is quite a bit to learn about each different investment type. The stock market can be a big scary place for those who know little... ❯❯❯

The Importance of Diversification

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!” You’ve probably heard that over and over again throughout your life…and when it comes to investing, it is very true. Diversification is the key to successful investing. All successful investors build portfolios that are widely diversified, and you should too! Diversifying your investments might include purchasing various stocks in many different... ❯❯❯

Determine Your Risk Tolerance

Each individual has a risk tolerance that should not be ignored. Any good stock broker or financial planner knows this, and they should make the effort to help you determine what your risk tolerance is. Then, they should work with you to find investments that do not exceed your risk tolerance. Determining one’s risk tolerance involves several different things. First, you need to know how much... ❯❯❯

The Cost Of Credit Cards

Although some choose to rush into getting a credit card, they normally do so without being aware of the costs. A lot of credit cards out there come with hidden costs and charges, and you should always be aware of this before you apply. In most cases, these fees and charges won’t get noticed by the user until it is too late. Credit card holders who aren’t aware of any hidden costs could easily... ❯❯❯

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