Brittney Castro Source: Brittney Castro Brittney Castro began her career as a financial advisor at just 22. For her, being a young woman in an older, male-dominated profession, was an asset, so to speak, rather than a liability. Less than 33% of financial advisors are women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even fewer
Yagi Studio | Digitalvision | Getty Images Special needs trusts are essential for the well-being of a person with special needs, experts say. “The most important reason for a special needs trust is that individuals with special needs often are unable to make appropriate financial decisions for themselves and/or are at risk for financial exploitation
Hinterhaus Productions | Stone | Getty Images The “gap” between how much money men and women are paid has long been a feature of the U.S. economy. While that pay differential has narrowed since the 1960s, progress seems to have slowed in the past decade or more — a dynamic that has big implications for
NicolasMcComber | E+ | Getty Images Whether you’re new to investing or have been in the market for years, you may feel a little bit like you are lost at sea looking for a safe harbor. Investors are contending with a confluence of market forces such as inflation, interest rates increasing, and the Russia/Ukraine conflict.
Drakula & Co. | Moment | Getty Images When it comes to retirement planning, earlier is generally better, but several factors affect how much young women are saving, according to financial experts. For retirement planning purposes, the demographic termed “younger women” may include Gen Zers, millennials and some Gen Xers with 20 years or more
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest and author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.” Slaven Vlasic | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Sallie Krawcheck knows what it is like to be one of the few women in the room. She led the wealth management business of a major Wall Street
fizkes | iStock | Getty Images For anyone getting started with adulthood, the financial stuff can be among the trickiest aspects to navigate. That can be the case even for those who go on to be financial advisors. For these professionals, some advice they regularly give clients now — after years of extra education and
FG Trade | iStock | Getty Images After rebounding from the short-lived pandemic recession, the U.S. economy has faced multiple threats in 2022, sparking investor fears of a prolonged downturn. Annual inflation reached a 40-year high in March, prompting the Federal Reserve to raise its benchmark rate by half a percentage point, the biggest hike
Luminola | E+ | Getty Images Amid high inflation and rising interest rates, there are fears of a prolonged stock market downturn, and some retirees may be vulnerable without a cushion of cash, financial experts say. However, there’s also the risk of crumbling purchasing power, with annual inflation growing by 8.5% in March, the U.S.
In this article AMP Luis Alvarez | Digitalvision | Getty Images In my long career of recruiting experienced financial advisors, I’ve seen how different economic cycles have impacted retention and attrition. In times of uncertainty, advisors crave stability and want to work with a firm with the financial foundation to weather the storm. Alternatively, when
D-keine | E+ | Getty Images Money, for all the opportunities it affords, can be a major source of stress and anxiety if you’re not used to having it. Coming into sudden wealth, whether via inheritance, a career windfall or luck in the lottery, can create serious emotional and financial challenges for people who have
Consumers are spending more to keep up with the surging cost of living and it may get worse before it gets better. “Even though wage growth has been the best in decades, it’s been outpaced by increased household costs,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com. “With inflation at a 40-year high, that has
miodrag ignjatovic | E+ | Getty Images If you have a Medicare supplement plan — aka, Medigap — there may be times when it’s worth making sure it’s still the best fit for you. Medigap policies are standardized — same-named plans offer identical benefits no matter which private insurance company sells it — but the
Newly minted graduates are in for a shock. Although the job market and starting salaries for the Class of 2022 look significantly better than last year, they may fall far short of graduates’ expectations. Employers plan to hire about 31% more new degree holders from this year’s graduating class than they hired from the Class
Tetra Images | Tetra images | Getty Images There’s a recent uptick in states swapping tiered income taxes for a flat tax, charging the same rate to all residents, regardless of earnings. Over the past 100 years, only four states have changed from graduated rates to flat taxes, according to the Tax Foundation. Another three
Israel Sebastian | Moment | Getty Images There are some financial goals more pressing for adults right now than bulking up their nest egg. For 2022, just 17% have made saving for retirement their top financial priority, according to First National Bank of Omaha‘s latest financial wellness survey. And nearly half of respondents — 46%
GlobalStock | Getty Images Deciding at what point you will collect Social Security benefits may be one of the biggest decisions you make in retirement. Yet many people who are at or near the age when they face that choice may need to brush up on the program’s rules before they do. MassMutual recently gave
Sean Gladwell | Moment | Getty Images Inflation is at a 40-year high. That means consumers are losing buying power at a faster-than-usual pace. Just how quickly is inflation eating away at your savings? The so-called rule of 72 can help gauge its long-term impact. This rule of thumb is generally applied to investment returns.
Westend61 Whether you got a refund or owed money this tax season, it’s never too soon to start thinking about next year’s bill. Boosting your 401(k) contributions for 2022 may provide two benefits: reducing your adjusted gross income while also padding your retirement savings. What’s more, there’s a higher 401(k) employee deferral limit for 2022,
At the country’s top colleges, the most recent application season was the most competitive on record, but getting accepted at several schools may have been the easy part for students. Now they have less than one week to decide on which school they’ll attend ahead of National Decision Day on May 1, the deadline for