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What is your Personal Savings Rate? (reader poll)
Tue, 08/30/11 | 31 Comments
What is your Personal Savings Rate? (reader poll)

The average U.S. personal saving rate (as a percentage of income) over the last few years has hovered around 5%. But what goes in to the BEA‘s (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis) personal savings rate …

What is Net Worth?
Mon, 07/11/11 | 11 Comments
What is Net Worth?

The term “net worth” gets thrown around a lot as an essential financial value that you should pay attention to.
Indeed, it is a metric that you should have a vague knowledge of. But probably not …

Pay Off Student Loan Debt or Save for Retirement? Help a Reader!
Wed, 06/22/11 | 36 Comments
Pay Off Student Loan Debt or Save for Retirement? Help a Reader!

Finally reaching the point where you have positive cash flow to be able to choose to pay off your debt or invest is never a bad thing.
But it often creates some tough decisions for people.
When …

Traditional Retirement is DEAD! Now What?
Wed, 06/1/11 | 16 Comments
Traditional Retirement is DEAD! Now What?

It used to be that retirement was an attainable vision for just about everyone in the U-S-of-A.
Definition of Retirement: sit around the home, read the paper, play some golf, drive around town in a Cadillac, …

Roth 401K Basics
Mon, 05/23/11 | 42 Comments
Roth 401K Basics

The invest in a Roth IRA or 401K post from last week triggered a number of questions from readers. I wanted to highlight and discuss one of them, in particular.
It comes from reader, Sandi, who …

Invest in a Roth IRA or 401K?
Tue, 05/17/11 | 17 Comments
Invest in a Roth IRA or 401K?

It may seem like common knowledge to some, but the question on whether one should invest in a Roth IRA or a 401K is BY FAR the most common question I get from young professionals …


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