Forty-six percent of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money. This is attention-grabbing and a potential wake-up call for building an emergency fund. But an emergency fund is just the first step, financial preparedness, which includes disability awareness needs to be considered as soon as you cover your emergency funds.
One of the first steps in financial preparedness is an emergency fund; one of the next steps is to protect your income with disability insurance. Nearly half of respondents had debt or unpaid balances left over from the surprise medical costs, which averaged $2,782.
Our hope for all those who answered the last statistic is that they were not confronting a loved one who became disabled and temporarily or permanently lost his/her ability to earn a paycheck.
Are you still using or anticipating using the four percent retirement rule? Maybe you ought to think twice before doing so. This rule was a great rule of thumb when it was created in the mid-90s up until about 10 years ago. Then interest rates plummeted, and with them, the efficacy of the four percent withdrawal rule.
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. Do you use them when justifying not purchasing Disability Insurance? If so, here is a compilation of popular excuses, and why these excuses, once looked at a little closer end up to be largely unfounded.
Don’t miss out on a great way to ease the financial strain faced by people with disabilities by creating tax-free savings accounts, a 529 ABLES. These savings accounts do not replace benefits provided through private insurance, Medicaid, or supplemental security income.
Yes, it may be difficult to believe, but there are disadvantages to early retirement. For those with the luxury of a choice, no one would blame you for retiring early, but at least consider these five common disadvantages. This way you could be fully prepared if one occurred during your early retirement.
Don’t ruin retirement by being caught off guard with unexpected retirement expenses. Even the most careful planners need to read these potential expenses so that they can buffer their retirement savings. What can go wrong may go wrong, which always carries a price tag.
If you are an empty nester, many of your potential tax deductions have the potential to leave along with your children. Therefore, it is important to determine other deductions you can use instead. Here are three, Empty Nest tax deductions you should consider.
The empty nest stage is, by definition, a time of loss. However, it is likely also a time of gain—no longer are you spending money for children in the home. What do you do with this “unaccounted” for cash? This financial planning checklist of important considerations may help you determine the answer.
When your children leave home, you are likely in your 40s or 50s, so you take advantage of reduced consumption and ramp up for retirement. Life is good. But there is only one problem: You don’t do any of these things. Why is this the case? How can you make things right?