With Your Investments, It All Boils Down to This
When investing your money for retirement, tuition expenses, or large purchases, people sometimes focus on topics that don’t matter too much. To achieve your investment goals, the brand of investments or the financial services company you choose matters very little.
After Your Death, Do You Want the State to Make Decisions About Your Estate?
The answer is NO (capital letters and italics intended)! Without an estate plan in place, the state’s probate court will decide how your assets are distributed—who gets what and how much—and even who shall be a guardian for your children. And the cost for probate proceedings will take a chunk out of your inheritable assets.
As our localities lift restrictions and open more fully, the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually cease becoming the dominant theme of our daily lives. The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot of people’s plans, because it affected their ability to save money, plan for the future, and pay their ordinary expenses. If you’re like me, you may be eager to break out of “pandemic thinking.” For many, the pandemic was a painful financial learning experience. Loss of jobs, cuts in hours worked, significant slowing of business, and children schooling at home resulted in big impacts on our monetary reserves.
Ms. Bass is a single mother with two children, earning between $80,000 and $85,000 each year. She wasn’t falling behind in her debt payments, but she felt she was living paycheck to paycheck. She was contributing to a 401K at work, but she would take out loans on her 401K savings to cover any shortfalls she incurred. She contacted Isakov Planning Group, asking, “How can I save money for the future?”
Americans are straining under the weight of their credit card debt, auto payments, housing loans, and student borrowing. Total household debt in the US had reached $14.5 trillion by the end of 2020. Home mortgages were by far the greatest contributor ($10.3 trillion).
When speaking with our clients, we often mention the term “financial peace.” What is it? Like the name implies, it means achieving a sense of security that your financial needs are being met today and will be met tomorrow. That is pretty much the same definition for everyone.