Money and happiness: a multi-dimensional look at how finances and positive emotion interact

Money and happiness: a multi-dimensional look at how finances and positive emotion interact

1 month ago 137

We’re all aware of the phrase “money can’t buy happiness.” But how much weight does it really hold? After all, our finances play a pivotal role in how we’re able to provide for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Money clearly doesn’t solve every problem. Many of our relationships are priceless. And no matter how much money you have, you can never buy more time. So it’s critical that we…

What to do in a volatile market: Should I sell my stock?

2 months ago 90

The stock market has been anything but stable recently. And unsurprisingly, that usually means our emotions haven’t been either. Financial freedom is tied to market performance, and when you start hearing about “down markets” or “recessions,” one question tends to come up in our nervous brains… Should I sell my stock? At its face it seems like a reasonable question. Afterall, if the market is headed for a prolonged downturn,…

The Gen X dilemma (part 1): how do you financially prepare and launch your children?

5 months ago 186

Gen Xers are caught in quite the pickle. You’re sandwiched between your aging parents and restless teenagers, and feel the financial pressure from both sides. You want to help, but feel uncertain of where to start. So what do you do? In this article, we’re going to focus on how to prepare and launch your children. More specifically, we’ll zero in on how you can help them find their financial…

Charitable giving: use financial planning to max your impact

6 months ago 186

Helping Ukraine is the primary focus of many right now, and you may be rushing to direct your charitable giving to the country and its people. You may also want to aid businesses, schools, and organizations trying to recover from COVID-19.  Maybe supporting weather-devastated areas razed from fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes is a top priority for you. Add in cause-driven and political contributions along with tithing to religious institutions, and…

Inflation, investing and innovation – how to stay calm amid uncertainty

8 months ago 129

Is inflation on your mind?  It would be surprising if it weren’t.  While we all have to weather inflation’s short-term effects, we have reason for optimism over the long term.  Here’s a look at where we are right now. Inflation, labor shortages, and supply chains The effects of nearly two years of the pandemic compounded by the Omicron variant’s impact hamper economic recovery as we face labor shortages, supply chain…

2022 retirement contribution limits increase for Gen X business owners

9 months ago 299

Retirement contribution limits increase for 2022  Employees will be able to save more in 2022 with the IRS increases to retirement plan contribution limits. You can defer an additional $1,000 through payroll deduction in 2022.  This means you can contribute up to $20,500.  One way to accelerate your path to financial independence is to make sure you are taking advantage of the tax-deferred contributions and compounding growth available through your retirement plan(s).   Which of these…

11 financial planning and tax-saving moves to make before year end

10 months ago 304

As we rapidly head into the last few weeks of 2021, now is the time to take care of any time-sensitive financial planning moves and get prepared for 2022.  You may be able to reduce your tax bill, too, with some of these action steps. 1. Maximize your retirement savings You have until December 31 to make any last-minute contributions up to your limit up to $19,500. If you are…

Staying ahead of the game: how to keep the strong stock market from jeopardizing your life goals

10 months ago 335

Are you ahead of the game when it comes to achieving your financial independence? Has the unusually strong stock market boosted your wealth to the point where you think you could work less or stop working sooner than expected? Are you at a point where you are increasing your current or future lifestyle expectations? Maybe your experience is all of the above. If so, that’s an exciting feeling. The possibility…