Five Things You Need To Know About The Pension Protection Act

Tweet The Pension Protection Act (PPA), signed into law by the president in August, will extend a number of retirement savings and 529 plan opportunities from the Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2010 and create new opportunities for savers. Some of the […]

Young Workers: It's Time to Get Serious About Retirement

Tweet When you’re young, investing for retirement is often only an afterthought. There are careers to build, weddings to plan, first homes to buy, children to raise and other financial concerns. Add to that the investor reluctance after a three-year bear market after the great returns in the 90s and you can see why young […]

12 Mistakes to Avoid With Your Retirement Savings Plan

Tweet Considering that tax-deferred retirement savings plans, whether a 401k, 403b or IRA will likely provide most of your retirement income, a mistake here or an omission there can be costly. To maximize your retirement savings, by doing things like maximum 401k contribution and such, try to avoid the following mistakes. Don’t: Procrastinate. The sooner […]

Top Five Homeowners Insurance Tips

Tweet Your home is likely your most valuable asset–make sure you protect it. While insurance agents will help determine the kind of coverage you can buy, it is ultimately your responsibility to know what the policy covers. 1. Review your policies annually. A walk-through of your coverage needs with your agent may identify other coverages […]

How To Save Hundreds of Dollars In 15 Minutes

Tweet We are always looking for ways to save money and some of those methods are harder to implement than others. I’m sure many of you have heard others talk about getting a discount on things like your telephone, cable or satellite service by calling them up. If you have not tried this before you […]

Investment Returns Are Not Always What They Seem

Tweet Checking past returns on investment options is an important part of our finance routine. When preparing to make a new investment we look at what the fund has done in different time frames, whether it is MTD, the past quarter, YTD, 10-year or since inception. We use this information to compare performance with its […]

Do It For Yourself And By Yourself, But Do It, And Do It Now

Tweet These words from Ben Stein’s latest column at Yahoo! Finance sum up the philosophy of the great Milton Friedman, who died at the age of 94 earlier this month. We are surrounded by information and commentary on the state of the economy and the future of programs such as Social Security and Medicare and […]

Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) Taking Off This Afternoon

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Tweet What a great way to ease into the holiday this week, Sirius (SIRI) began to move early this afternoon after an announcement by Hertz that they would be adding more exclusive benefits for AAA members that included a discount on Sirius Satellite Radio. As of this post, shares are up 37 cents to 4.37 […]

Finding Lost Pensions, There Is Help Available

Tweet Are you due a pension benefit, but your old employer has gone out of business and you don’t know where to go to collect your money? With the current trend of frequent job changing and working for startup companies it is easy for an individual to have earned some sort of pension benefit and […]