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IRA vs. 401(k) - What's the Difference?

Thinking of saving money for your golden years? Good thinking. You’re never too young to start stuffing the coffers. Two popular retirement investment vehicles worth considering are the 401(k) and the traditional IRA (or individual retirement...

How Refinancing Before Sandy Helped Us After

It was the rarest of July afternoons: The kids were at playdates, and I didn’t have to work. I had two choices. I could relish a rare day alone at the beach. Or I could sit at my desk and finish what I had spent months procrastinating about:...

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

My husband and I each got $500,000 life insurance term policies after our second child was born. We both work, though I am an entrepreneur so my income fluctuates. His friends have told him their wives have no life insurance or only a small...

My First Step Out of Debt

It’s ironic -- and hard to admit -- that, while I advise clients on money management, my husband and I have racked up $40,000 of credit card debt. That's why a few weeks ago, in order to save money, I moved to my dad’s house with my husband and...

3 Reasons to Fire Your Planner

It has been a terrible year. Your investments got clobbered, and you have no idea where you stand in terms of your overall financial plan.Is it time to fire your financial adviser?Maybe. The following reality checks will help you decide: Focus....

Act Your Age: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to Saving

Do you have any regrets about how you’ve prepared for your retirement so far? Noooo, not you, right? But maybe you’ve heard from friends that they’d be in better shape if only they had remembered to set up that 401k their 20s…or continued to save...

Which Debt Should I Pay Off First?

My husband and I have student loans and mortgage debt (on our primary home and rental properties). Which should we pay down first? —Stephany Y., Los Angeles, CA You’ve probably heard student and mortgage debt referred to as “good debt.” That’s...

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

How much money would you need to never have to work again? Helping people like you answer that question is what I spent most of my time figuring out for clients as a financial advisor. With company pensions going the way of the dodo bird and...

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