Wednesday, January 3, 2018

401(K) Problems With IRAs And How To Fix Them

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An IRA: the savior for men and women looking to retire. With a healthy retirement fund, you can live out your golden years in peace without financial worry. What’s that? The average IRA or 401(k) has big problems? The majority people don’t know this because their nest egg is a sure thing. Sadly, current retirement plans are subject to changing conditions such as inflation. As it steadily increases, the amount you have in an IRA drops. It’s pretty scary when you think about it, which is why action is vital.

To make sure your retirement is smooth sailing, here are the main issues and what to do next.

Poor ROI

ROI stands for return on investment, and 401(k)s are by no means lucrative. The average yield is less than 3.5% and that won’t get you anywhere near the mark to retire comfortably. There are plenty of options, but Bitcoin seems to be the most popular at the moment. Due to its potential for growth, a self directed IRA with Bitcoin is an excellent way to increase a nest egg.

As long as the cryptocurrency is encrypted, the risk is minimal. Another option is to get involved in government schemes which get employers to match or double your contributions.

Unorganized Record Keeping

The effort to provide a detailed account of your retirement assets is shocking. Because it’s still a manual activity, it can take forever. And, the information might not be correct when it does arrive. Then, there is the fact that you need a comprehensive and up to date list to plan effectively. The only way to organize a 401(k) is to be proactive with the records. Rather than trust s record keeper, you should make a personal spreadsheet and update it on a regular basis.

Changing Managers

Employers often set up plans to help employees with long-term investment plans. What they omit to tell you is that the people managing your retirement fund are no longer with the company. As a result, there will be a complete mismatch of direction. When two different people have separate ideas, the 401(k) is bound to suffer. Experts suggest investing in index funds as opposed to anything else to help limit the damage. MoneyCoach founder, Patrick Traverse, says that index funds can mean “tens of thousands of dollars at retirement.” It’s only a one percent saving yet it makes all the difference.

Dollar-Cost Averaging

Although a prudent way to make money, dollar-cost averaging makes zero sense when the market is negative. Lots of 401(k)s revolve around this method, and yours may be no different. Don’t worry if it’s the case because it is a straightforward thing to resolve. The key is to find a conservative option within your plan. After you have the right one, start directing the savings into it and play the waiting game. When the investment is ripe, take a chunk of cash and put it into a less conservative asset.

The most important point to remember is not to think your retirement plan is infallible. It isn’t and it needs constant tweaking and maintenance as a result.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Plan Your Budget And Stick To It!

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One of your resolutions this year may have been to budget more carefully and to live a more frugal lifestyle. There are many ways to plan a budget, the hard part is sticking to it! Follow this guide for tips that will enable you to stay on track.

Analyse your finances

Before you can plan a budget you need to know exactly where your money goes each month. Make a list of all your essential expenditures. Essential expenditures cannot be changed as they are necessary to daily living.

Insurances need to be accounted for too, such as those relating to health and personal injury. Personal injury lawsuits are complex and it is good to get advice from experts, knowledgeable on the Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline. House insurance, contents insurance and vehicle insurance are also essential expenditures to factor in.

A large part of your budget will be spent on housing costs such as mortgages, rent and household bills. You may have loans and credit cards which need to be paid monthly. Other essential expenditure is food, fuel, travel and childcare.

Add all your payments together and see what money is left over.

The next stage of analysing your finances is to add up all the money you have spent on non essential items such as eating out, leisure activities and clothes that you really didn’t need. This process can be very enlightening and will show you exactly where savings can be made. Take this sum of money from the sum you had left over after paying essential outgoings, is there any money left?


The key to sticking to a budget is to not deny yourself any form of pleasure, otherwise you will likely go off track after a very short time. The best way of sticking to a budget is to plan for non essential expenditure. For example if you have a big birthday celebration coming up, plan it into your budget. A small amount of money saved here and there won’t be noticed as much as blowing your budget in one go.

If you enjoy eating out regularly, try and cut this in half, instead of eating out every week, eat out every two weeks instead.

Stay on track

It’s tempting to bury our heads in the sand when it comes to budgeting, but it’s really important to track how you are doing on a monthly basis. If you don’t, six months could have passed by before you notice that you are right back where you started! Make it part of your monthly routine to assess your spending, just before your salary gets paid into your account. You will then be able to put into savings, any of your remaining balance.

Successful budgeting is achieved by careful monitoring of your spending habits, making savings where possible. Minor changes in your spending habits can have a major impact on the health of your bank balance. Research supermarket prices and switch to make savings, eat seasonally and cook from scratch. You will be healthier too!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Make Easy Money In 2018

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Did you struggle to make ends meet in 2017? Is your job not giving you all the money you need to earn to be on top of your finances? Is that promotion you were promised well overdue? If you feel like you are worth more than you are currently getting and would like to see your bank account in a healthier state, this is possible if you make some adjustments to your life.

Things like not spending unnecessary money, putting in place a tight budget and going for cheaper alternatives whenever you have to buy stuff will see you become a wealthier person. On top of this, there are other things you can do to earn money quickly in 2018. Read the below tips to become a little bit richer this year.

Invest in shares

You have probably heard of people around you who have made money by the simple fact of investing in stocks. This sounds like playing the lotto and being the lucky winner, doesn’t it? Something that you know happens to one in a million. Not quite. Investing in stocks has long been a proven way of earning some easy cash if you are able to know which stocks to invest in. Companies offer shares to raise money from investors. These might need some cash to expand into foreign markets or hire new staff, and that is why they put stocks in place so that individuals like you can buy an often small share of the company, but one that can give you substantial returns. Look into TRTC Stock to see what opportunities lie for you in the stock market.

Sell your pictures online

Do you have a decent phone that takes even more decent photos? If so, this is your chance to prove to the world that you are an excellent photographer and that you can make some cash through selling your best shots online. While photography might be a challenging career to pursue if this is going to be your sole source of income, selling pictures on the internet is still a great way of making some extra money fast. Have you recently been to a blog and saw mediocre photos that you think you could take better? If this is the case, get out there and explore your surroundings. Platforms like Shutterstock will accept your images for a cut and make them available on the world wide web for people to purchase and use.

Rent a room in your house

If you are a property owner, there is so much you can do with the spare space you might have. Gone are the days when renting was something that would take several viewings and had to be done in a semi-permanent way, with six months being the minimum contract length. These days, if you own a place, you can easily rent a room or bedroom for a reasonable price for whichever period of time you wish to commit to. All you have to do is go online and create a profile on platforms like Airbnb, take some excellent pictures of your house and upload these together with a good description. You will see tourists and those interested in short-term rentals email you in vast numbers if your offering is good enough. Consider doing some research on the prices that are being quoted in your same area in order to outdo the competition.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

3 Ways You Can Save While Repaying Your Debt

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Do I save or do I pay off my debts? This is an age old question. Often people think that these options are mutually exclusive and many Americans focus solely on repaying their debt, placing less emphasis on having savings. In fact, Americans are saving less as the years go on, with an average American saving only 3.8 percent of their disposable income in 2017. If you are one of the thousands struggling with debt but wanting to save, check out these simple tips.

1. Make A Game Plan

There are different methods of repaying your debt and one method does not suit all. You can choose the debt snowball method and begin by repaying your smallest debt first. Conversely, you can focus on those debts with the highest interest charges attached to it and get rid of those first. Whatever method you choose, be sure to take the time to take into account your own personal circumstances. Once the decision has been made, it is a great idea to set up a game plan on how much you will save each month and how much you will pay off in debt. Targets are great for this and can be set annually or monthly. The ratio split between savings and debt repayment is up to you and is influenced by your savings targets and debt position. Make use of the resources available online including debt worksheets and organisation calendars. Having a visual of your target and a countdown can be extremely effective.

2. Explore Refinancing

Refinancing or consolidating your debt may sound scary but in reality can save you a lot of money in interest charges. If you’re struggling with various credit cards repayments, consider whether a payoff loan is right for you. AAA Credit Guide researches and the benefits it can have, one of which is that your loan is most likely to come with a lower interest rate than your current credit cards. Most credit cards can carry an interest rate of over 19 percent. With lower interest rates rates and one streamlined payment each month, you can save a good chunk of money every month.

3. Make it Automatic

Make the effort to put aside some money each month or week towards your savings and retirement. One good idea is setting up a direct debit at the end of each month when your paycheck is paid into your account. Do this once you have worked out your bills and set a budget. By automatically having this money transferred into a savings account, you won’t be tempted to spend it and before you know it, it won’t be missed. It can be any standard amount each month, even that spare $10 normally spent on coffees.

Be sure to continue contributing towards your retirement by investing a set percentage of your income towards an investment portfolio or 401 k. This is another form of saving, putting away money for when your career ends and ensuring you have a future stream of income.

With more people carrying debt, the ever arising question is how do they manage it and still achieve their goals such as owning a home outright. If you are looking to bump up your savings and get rid of your debts, budgeting tools available are your best friends. Getting the balance right between repaying debts and savings is important and depends on your own personal situation. Start out slow and build an emergency savings fund, while paying the minimum on your debts due. Do this to protect yourself in the event of income disruption or those unplanned expenses that we all know can pop up. If you still find that your income is lacking, there are many options to earn extra cash available. Small adjustments like this will surely get you on your way to being financially comfortable and debt free in no time.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Riding The Avalanche Wave Of Debt

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You told yourself it was temporary and you were going to figure out a way to repay your loans and avoid what you’ve seen others do. You knew the dangers of getting out too many loans because you may have seen your family and friends become buried under an avalanche of repayments. Unfortunately, perhaps you now realize you bit off more than you can chew. It can happen to anyone as even when you’re conscious of the pitfalls you can still fall in them. It's a surreal feeling that almost plays out in slow motion. Time slows down, and you suddenly come to terms with the fact that you need to change your lifestyle if you are to climb out of this hole. Not to worry however because modern climbing gear in the form of settlement schemes, and advice on cutting back and managing your finances is on hand.

A family tree-like budget

Like a family tree, your expenditures are all connected. Your food bill is connected to your electricity because you put the food in the fridge to keep it edible. Your electric bill is linked to your heating bill if you have a central heating system that’s digitally operated. The heating system uses water that’s heated and circulated around your home, and so on. Sit down are on a laptop make a table of all the expenses that you incur every month. The largest should go in their own separate group as these will be priority needs such as those mentioned. The secondary expenses will be your usual maintenance bills such as maintaining your vehicle like paying for gas and repairs, and other bills such as home repairs or clothes. The third grouping shall be luxuries that don’t really affect your life in a negative way should they be cut. With this budget laid out in front of you, figure out what you need not what you want. Begin to cut back until you see a net positive saving.

Cutting loose

Sometimes it can get too much, and you could end up losing it all if you don’t act responsibly. Even if debt consolidation is off the table, you still have options. It may be termed the nuclear decision, but when you’re being suffocated by the mountain of debt, it's only right you do try to cut loose those you owe. Go to and check out the various options you have for debt settlement programs. This style of repayment takes a lot of negotiation with and on the part of the company you decide to go with. They’ll figure out a way to come to a settlement figure that will be the lump sum amount you’ll pay to all your creditors. You will end up paying less than what you owe. However, the terms may be strict, and you may need to pay for processes such as lawyer fees and payment to the settlement company. It's definitely a way out and shortening the length of time you’re under the burden, but you need to be ready to part with the lump sum in order to do so.

Riding the avalanche wave of debt can be tricky, but it can be done. There’s always a way out for those who are prepared to change their lifestyle and ultimately bite the bullet and pay the lenders off quickly.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Preparing For The Worst To Make Things Better

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Life can be a difficult thing to balance for most people. From areas, like money, which most people struggle with, to the easier ones, like family time, which a lot of people couldn’t live without, you will have a lot going on when you really think about it. Of course, with so many plates being spun, it’s only a matter of time until one or two of them drop. The results of something like this will rest pretty much squarely on the preparation you have in place for it. To help you out with this, this post will be helping you to plan for the worst, simply to make things better.

This whole process has to start with some assessment, and you will need to work hard to figure out which parts of your life are most at risk. Your money could be absolutely fine, and your career could be booming, but, as a result, you might be neglecting those you love. Eventually, carrying on down this route would see your family torn apart. So, to avoid this, some early gifts could be a good idea, along with some extra time being dedicated to them.

Once you have an idea of what might be wrong in your life, you can start to think about how you’re going to make it right, but you might need some help along the way. If your struggling with finances, for example, your bank might be able to offer some support. When things are more serious, though, getting the help of professionals like bankruptcy lawyers could save you a lot of hassle. People in positions like these tend to work very hard to help their customers and clients.

Of course, unless you spend a lot of money, no one will be able to make the changes your business needs for you. Instead, you will have to listen to what your support network is telling you, and choose to act on it based on what your heart tells you. This could be a very long process, but it will be worth it once you’re able to handle problems without breaking a step, and are feeling confident in life.

Along with the help a professional can give you, there are loads of ways to get free advice if you’re willing to do some hunting. Blogs are quickly becoming more and more popular, and are a great way to learn about the different challenges you could face in life. Along with blogs, forums can also be great, as they give you the chance to talk more directly with those around you.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into life’s little mishaps. Of course, you can never stop something going wrong in life, as these things will simply happen. But, with the right time, effort, and dedication, you should find it much easier to start working on this part of life. You’re going to have plenty of research to do along the way.