Inflation measures how much prices rise over time. When prices rise, the value of a dollar falls and your purchasing power goes down. What is Inflation? The price of goods and services—stuff you buy—isn’t constant; prices change over time. When prices go up, that’s inflation. During moments of inflation, it takes more money
Coach: Financial Wellness Assessment HOW IT WORKS The Financial Wellness Assessment lets you take a step back, analyze your spending, budgeting, and saving habits so you can reflect on how you’re currently managing personal finances. This assessment addresses your individual financial decisions and goals before giving you recommendations on where you can improve and how to get
When you leave a job with a 401(k), you’ll generally have four options for what to do with the money. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so deciding what’s right for you will depend on your situation and preferences. Leave the Money in Your Old Account If you have more than $5,000 in
Setting up a trust is a way to ensure that your assets are handled the way you want them to be after you pass away. Trusts A trust, similar to a will, is a way to designate what happens to a person’s belongings after they pass away. How a Trust Works When
Whether you find yourself laid off from work, facing a medical emergency, or confronted with a situation that you’re financially unprepared for, it may be tempting to withdraw from retirement savings—but there are penalties and consequences you need to consider before doing so. Early Withdrawal Penalties There are serious consequences to accessing your
If you’re lucky enough to be introduced to a 401(k), you’ll make a friend for life. Even if you’re just starting your first real job—actually, especially if you’re just starting your first real job—it’s time to start thinking about retiring. That’s not a comment on how motivated or unmotivated you are, or a
Since its introduction in 1935, in the wake of the Great Depression, Social Security has evolved from a safety net designed to relieve poverty to the mainstay of a secure retirement. But the role it will play for future generations is less certain. Fewer workers will be putting money into the system in the 21st century while more
Even if you feel your job is secure and you're in perfect health now, it's smart to plan for the unexpected; acquired disabilities may be more common than you think. According to the Social Security Administration, there is a three in ten chance of a 20-year-old worker becoming disabled before he or she hits
As logical as it might seem to look for the perfect stock, bond, or mutual fund and make it your investment of choice, that’s not the best approach to meeting your financial goals. No single investment, or type of investments, provides a strong return year in and year out. The saving grace is
Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are tax-deferred, personal retirement plans. You must have earned income to contribute, and you can put money into an IRA whether or not you participate in an employer’s retirement plan. There are two types: the traditional IRAs, to which contributions may be deductible or nondeductible, and the Roth IRA.
Coach: Am I Ready to Retire? HOW IT WORKS Every individual has a different goal for retirement. This Coach guides you through setting a personal retirement goal and predicts your total retirement savings. It then helps you evaluate whether you're on track to meet your goal. To begin the Coach, select "Get Started."
You’ll have the answers you need down the road if you ask the right questions now. The idea of retiring isn't new. People who grew too old or too ill stopped working and stayed home long before pensions and Social Security. But as people live longer, the retirement experience takes on a different