Some key stressors in marriage often include raising children, potentially differing family values, busy daily schedules, etc. Add in money problems, and things can get difficult fast since money and emotion are often closely intertwined.
What does it take for us to be truly happy in life? Of course, “happiness” is subjective but many studies have been done to help answer the question of money and how it relates to our happiness.
2023 ushered in an 8.7% increase, the largest raise in Social Security benefits in over forty years. Don’t get me wrong, this was a welcome increase and has helped millions of Social Security recipients. At least a little bit. But was it enough?
If you have money in your company’s 401k or in a traditional IRA, you may be considering converting these funds into a Roth IRA now while tax rates are historically low. The idea is that if you pay income tax on your retirement money now – especially when many account balances are significantly down – future gains in the Roth are tax free. But you need to understand the 5-year Rule.
With record inflation and almost prohibitive housing prices, more young adults are choosing to live at home with their parents. At least until the economy improves.
As the saying goes, “Out with the old and in with the new”. With each year comes the ability to learn from the past and make the next year even better. And while we may not have control over the markets or inflation, that doesn’t mean we still don’t have opportunities to boost our finances in 2023.
Consider the fact that Massachusetts has the second highest average annual wage in the US, coming in at $93,675 vs the United States’ average of $69,392, this will affect more people than you might think₁.
As I read the news headlines each day, I’m noticing a common theme lately. One that suggests that our current economic climate is impacting the middle class much more than the wealthy or those less fortunate. The articles cite examples, such as smaller paycheck increases and the rising costs of items that middle class consumers purchase the most. And the middle class is much bigger than you might think.
Unfortunately, 2022 provided us with plenty of learnings that we could do without. Last year was perhaps the most turbulent year investors have ever seen, and for good reason. Up until 2022, the markets were on a three-year winning streak, making 2022 that much more painful.
One of the first steps you should take when you first start out is to create a budget. This helps create a plan you can stick to and will ideally ensure that you’re putting money aside, too.