A Request to Parents of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

To parents of my fellow Generation X members, as well as parents of Baby Boomers, we—your adult sons and daughters—want to hear from you. We want to know how your health is. We want to know how financially stable you are. We want to hear about any potential problems as soon as they occur, not…

 

Survey: Millennials Unwilling to Sacrifice Now for Future Financial Security

A new survey from Charles Schwab indicates that an unwillingness by Millennials to sacrifice things that add to their current quality of life, and student debt, are preventing them from saving enough for their retirement. The survey covered 1,000 401 (k) plan participants broken into three generational groups: Millennials (those under age 35), Generation Xers…

 

Check Your Ego at the Retirement Planning Door

In an article on GoBankingRates.com, Gina Horkey outlines ways in which your ego may be undermining your retirement goals. She highlights ways in which we could sabotaging our retirement plan, including: Unrealistic Expectations—Statistics show that you should lower your expectations and save more aggressively. According to a survey conducted by the Insured Retirement Institute, only…

 

The Impact of Aging on Cognitive Function

An article by Justin Fox for Bloomberg discusses a 2009 study by David Laibson, Sumit Agarwal, John C. Driscoll and Xavier Gabaox that found that cognitive function peaks at age 53 and starts to decrease rapidly, on average, for people in their 70s. The four economists examined the fees and interest rates paid by thousands of borrowers…

 

Study: Overabundance of Cash May Cause Retirement Income Shortfall

Cash may be king, but ThinkAdvisor reported that a BlackRock’s latest Global Investor Pulse survey finds that Americans may be holding too much cash in their retirement accounts. The survey found that Americans are holding 65% of their net worth in cash instruments. What are the implications of this? According to the survey, baby boomers…