4 Things That Are Behind Your 401(k) Fees

Shutterstock Fees are the one thing everyone can agree on in 401(k) plans, and the consensus is they are too high. Some feel that if they pay anything as part of their company 401(k) plan they are paying too much. An important element in the fee conversation that has been missing is 401(k) plans…

Squared Away at Year 7

On the Web May 22, 2018 Squared Away at Year 7 Seven years ago this month, this personal finance and retirement blog debuted. How things have changed. For one thing, back in 2011, a lot more people were reading blogs and newspapers on their clunky desktop computers. In recognition of…

Caregiver Crunch? No Problem, This Is How Tech-Savvy Millennials Will Care For Aging Baby Boomers

Shutterstock Millennials will care for Baby Boomers the same way they live today—high-tech & on-demand. Finding ways to care for the growing number of older adults who need assistance is one of the most complex challenges facing our aging society. As I wrote in my last post here on Forbes,…

The Paradise Pack is Back! Make Money, Travel Forever & Live For Free

We’ve been advocates of creating a freedom filled lifestyle for a long time. Living abroad, being our own boss, travelling full-time, and having the option to work from anywhere in the world is what our website, and us personally, are all about. We hope to inspire you to live the…

Ask The Readers: Summer Travel!?

My goal was to build a debt-free* portfolio of $1,000,000 by February of 2017; 1500 days from the birth of this blog (January 1, 2013). And hey look, I’ve since retired! Investments only1/1/13 (The Start): $586,0431/1/14 (1 Yr Later): $869,6351/1/15 (2 Yrs Later): $987,3511/1/16 (3 Yrs Later): $1,057,9611/1/17 (4 Yrs…

Should You Use Your Retirement Savings To Buy A Home?

Share to email Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Share to google Financial Finesse We provide workplace financial education. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Scott Spann , Contributor Shutterstock First-time home-buyers are often surprised by the requirements of obtaining a mortgage, especially when it…

Jamaican Cuisine: 10 Must Try Jamaican Dishes

Jamaica is a tiny island in the Caribbean that’s famous for many things. Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of laying on the best beaches in Jamaica, or swimming in the turquoise sea, but the country’s rich culture offers travellers so much more. Jamaica is home to the fastest man in the…

What’s Next For The Fertility Rate? (Part 2)

Shutterstock With apologies for, once again, a rhetorical question. On Thursday, I wrote that the fertility rate, measured as lifetime number of births per woman (TFR) is now just a hair above its historic low.  Demographers don’t know what’s going on, because it’s not following the expected pattern of recovering from…

Impact PartnersVoice: Why Your IRA Is Likely At Risk… And How To Help Correct It

As a former Wall Street broker and now fee-based advisor of almost 30 years, my experience has shown that, if your retirement portfolio dramatically declined during the 2000–02 and 2007–09 market drawdowns, these three things were likely true: It wasn’t your fault. Your portfolio was designed to perform that way. It…

Strength Training Update #3: Avoiding Roly Poly Genocide

I like to set fitness goals for myself. In the first quarter, my goal was to run a half marathon which I did on March 31st. Now it’s time for a new goal and in the second quarter, I’m focusing on strength training. I’ll see how much I can increase my push-up…