Critter Corner: Teaching Grandchildren about Finances

Dear Oakley,   I’ve been thinking about gifting money to my grandchildren. Before I do so though, I’d like to teach them about financial responsibility. As a financial planner who works with seniors and their loved ones, … [Read more...]

After the Covid-19 Pandemic—How It Has Impacted Retirement

Jane and Steve were planning on retiring in five years. Now, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans have changed. When Steve’s business wasn’t doing well this past year, they couldn’t contribute to their retirement … [Read more...]

Is Declining Financial Literacy an Indicator of Impending Dementia?

People with dementia often have problems managing their money. In fact, money problems may be one of the first noticeable signs of the disease. A few years ago, Angie O’Leary, head of wealth services at RBC financial, noticed … [Read more...]

When You’re Navigating Retirement as a Solo Ager

Q. I’m 58 years old and am single. I would like to retire in the not so distant future, but most of the information available is for married or even divorced people, and I’m feeling lost. I’m not feeling confident about retirement … [Read more...]

Why Retirement Planning Is Even More Important During a Pandemic (Part 3 of a 3-part Series)

Randy Smythe, 60, took an early retirement last September after a career in e-commerce sales and soon took off to spend a year visiting the national parks while renting out his home. Now, similar to most Americans, he’s stuck at … [Read more...]

Top 19 Articles of 2019

Those who read our newsletter or follow our blog know that we covered a lot of ground in 2019. This past year, the Federal Tax Act increased the federal estate and gift tax exemption from $11.18 million dollars per person to $11.4 … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Retirement Expenses You May Not Think About

Dear Angel, My husband and I are planning for retirement and trying to figure out our expenses. We have considered fun expenses, such as travel and hobbies and many not-so-fun expenses, including health care, day-to-day bills, … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference Between Retirement Planning, Financial Planning, and Estate Planning?

Q. My wife and I are hoping to retire in 12 years. We have already done our estate planning but have been told by friends and relatives that we need to also do financial planning and retirement planning. Aren’t financial planning … [Read more...]

Are you Ready for Retirement? Advice from Warren Buffett

Mike has worked for the federal government since he graduated from college. He estimates that he will retire in ten years, and he wants to make sure he is prepared when he does. His wife, Lily, is a consultant, who does not have … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Is a Financial Train Wreck

Q1. My husband and I are parents of three. Our older daughter, Amanda, who lives close by with her family, has a stable job, and is fiscally responsible. Our son, Joseph, is almost done with medical school, and … [Read more...]