This New Year, Give Thanks – And Get Started
Let’s face it: there’s always something more you can be doing for your finances. Whether it’s saving more, planning for a goal, or budgeting better, there’s probably some area of your financial life that could see improvement.
But this New Year’s, stop and give thanks – not only for what you have, but to yourself for what you’ve already done. After all, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably already taken steps to help ensure your family’s financial well-being.
Take stock of what you’ve accomplished in the past year. How does your financial situation compare to last December’s? Where have you made progress and what are you proud of?
Only after you’ve given yourself credit for what you’ve done so far should you set your priorities for 2017.
This year, we covered a lot of topics in our investor education center. If you’re ready to get a head start on financial planning in the New Year, take a look at a few of our greatest hits for people across a number of life stages.
Are you transitioning into retirement? If so, you’re probably thinking a lot about Medicare. Read about how to choose the right Medicare plan for you to help you make the most of this important program.
Of course, for many retirees, income streams and financial security are front and center. Read up on building diversified income streams to help you weather the best and worst that life can bring. That includes longevity, a wonderful but serious financial issue that too few retirees truly appreciate.
You might also be concerned about taxes in retirement. Learn about the open secret of retirement tax planning and how to minimize your tax burden.
For those saving for retirement
Have you wondered whether you should have a Roth IRA? Click here to learn about this special retirement savings account and how to use it.
If you want to save more on taxes in the future, take a look at this article about how your home can help. You may also want to take advantage of ways to reduce taxes in your investment accounts.
If you’re getting ready for the college applications process, you might be thinking a lot about financial aid. Learn about how to improve your chances of receiving aid and where to start when it comes to the world of tax-advantaged college savings.
If you already have a 529 plan or want to open one, don’t forget to read up on how to invest these powerful accounts.
We think financial planning is a key part of life, no matter who you are.
After all, in this day and age, most of us are concerned about improving our financial security and helping our kids achieve independence and financial maturity. A lot of times, people take the burden on themselves, but sometimes it can be really helpful to speak with a professional.
If you’re looking to move forward into the New Year with confidence, consider speaking to a financial advisor about your individual situation. We offer complimentary consultations to all new potential clients, and we’d love to help you start the 2017 on the right foot.