The Mega Millions lottery drawing has garnered quite the buzz after a winner has yet to claim the big prize, with the nationwide jackpot now at $1.2 billion. The largest jackpot won by a North Carolina resident was a $344 million Powerball jackpot in 2019.. Van Denton, director of communications at North Carolina Education Lottery, gave The Charlotte Observer a…
Stocks on Wall Street gave up early gains and closed lower Tuesday after an unexpectedly strong report on the job market raised concerns that the Federal Reserve will need to keep the pressure on inflation with aggressive interest rate increases. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% after having been up as much as 1% shortly after trading opened. The Labor Department…
Although people find it easy to talk about the experiences of a friend or family member who is going through a long-term care event, they are reluctant to have a conversation about their own need for care.
During November, which is Long-Term Care Insurance Awareness Month, financial professionals will share the message with clients and prospects that obtaining LTCi can help cover the cost of care which the majority of seniors are expected to need.
A survey from Goldman Sachs finds millennials are feeling the crunch to catch up on retirement savings. Reaching $1 million in savings was once considered a good benchmark for easing into your golden years. For younger generations, $1 million in savings likely will not cut it according to a report from Wealthcare Financial, a financial planning firm based in…
Here's an interesting statistic: Some 72% of retirees say one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to a 2021 survey by Age Wave and Edward Jones. Both before and during retirement, what steps can you take to avoid burdening your loved ones in the future? Here are a few suggestions:.
Even the father of the 4% retirement rule, William Bengen, admits that it’s time to rethink that rule.
Social Security recipients are likely already aware that their payments will be 8.7% higher starting in January. On average, this translates into a $140 monthly increase. Retirees had become used to miniscule Social Security cost of living increases which were often largely offset by increases in their Medicare Part B premiums.
Kansas City- based James B. Nutter& Co., one of the nation’ s largest private mortgage lenders that since its founding in 1951 helped hundreds of thousands of Americans buy their first homes, has announced that it is going out of the home loan business. The alleged misconduct occurred from 2008 to 2010, the suit said, and resulted in the Federal Housing…
The Federal Reserve of St. Louis has released a paper on pandemic unemployment benefits, focusing on effects by age group. In many states, including Nevada, governors ordered certain businesses to close. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program boosted jobless checks by $600 a week.
Benefits make up more than 30% of the typical job’ s compensation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But figuring out what your benefits are worth isn’ t always easy. You may need to do a little digging to find how much your employer contributes toward health insurance, retirement plans and other perks.
The overwhelming majority of employees interviewed describe their level of debt as a problem, according to the 2022 Workplace Wellness Survey published by the EBRI and Greenwald Research.
Oct. 28— A former Sullivan County pastor serving 54 years in prison on securities fraud after leading a massive Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction and prison sentence set aside. On Thursday, his petition was heard in Sullivan County before Greene County Superior Court Judge Dena Martin, who is serving as special judge in the case.
Buzz: Mortgage rates just passed 7%, a first since April 2002, as the Federal Reserve continues to wage war on sky-high inflation. Source: The average 30- year fixed-rate mortgage comes from a weekly survey of lenders by Freddie Mac. Let's jog your memory back to April 2002….
A year of skyrocketing inflation and growing recession fears have taken their toll on American consumers, reinforcing a need for personalized financial advice rather than supposedly universal rules on household spending.
Further rises in interest rates and inflation are the biggest concerns U.S. pension funds and other U.S. institutional investors have about the fixed income market.
Inflation is at a 40-year high and workers must plan for a retirement that could last more than 30 years. That leads to the question: Does the 4% rule for retirement spending still work in today’s environment?
Although the Social Security and Medicare changes for 2023 are the exception rather than the rule, they are a welcome opportunity for financial professionals to engage with clients around the long-term trajectory of these expenses and add value by developing savings plans that ensure this critical need is met.
My biggest early-career mistake was not intentionally networking. Intentionally is a critical word in that sentence: effective networking requires deliberate action rather than hoping to meet people in passing.