With today’s high inflation and rising interest rates, some retirement plans may be at risk due to assets depleting prematurely due to these factors. Today’s economic conditions are much worse than coming out of the Great Depression when the U.S. experienced inflation, high-interest rates, historical debt, and tax levels when tax rates were above 40% for over 40 years (1940-1981). Here’s an explanation of two significant risks to your retirement plan: inflation risk and interest rate risk.
Interest rates are rising as Fed officials dred raised rates by a quarter-point in March 2022 to a target range of 0.25% to 0.5%. Their median forecast signaled that they expect to lift rates to 1.9% by the end of 2022 and to 2.8% by 2023.
COVID-19, inflation and the Ukrainian war have all contributed to a volatile stock market in recent weeks. Volatility will continue as usual while one sector is experiencing profitability, another is declining, resulting in declining stock market valuations. For investors, the up and down performance creates market risk but is part of the underlying economic fundamentals of our U.S. stock market system:
Going green, recycling, buying local, and energy-efficient appliances likely come to mind first when you think about reducing your carbon footprint and investing in our planet. However, the way you bank and handle your money can also help the environment. Here are five easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint through your finances.
Contrary to popular belief, retirement doesn’t always mean a stress-free lifestyle. It’s pretty standard for retirees to face stress from new challenges and worries. The good news is there are steps you can take to achieve a stress-free retirement and enjoy a happy and fulfilling life away from the working world. Here are some tips to help you achieve a stress-free retirement as you prepare:
If you are self-filing your 2021 taxes, you may want to double-check. Make sure you don’t miss out on any tax changes. While some deductions will be the same this year, there are other significant changes due to the COVID-19 stimulus plans over the past two years. Here are a few specific tax-related items for the 2021 tax filing season that may impact you
A clean, organized home office is vital to stay focused, make the most of every workday, and separate your work and home life. Whether your home office is a desk in your kitchen or a dedicated room, it can quickly become filled with clutter causing you stress. In honor of Organize Your Home Office Day on March 8th, we’ve compiled this list of tips to organize your home office:
Tax identity theft is when someone uses your Social Security number to steal your tax refund or for work. People often discover tax identity theft when they file their tax returns.
Regardless of your age, if you’re in a committed relationship or married, both of you should participate in planning for your financial future and be aware of the benefits that come from being a couple. Here are four financial planning benefits you may receive as a couple: