Saving can be tough and we’re here to help. We have suggestions, research and insights on how you can save more for your short- and long-term goals – including retirement.

Budget Planning

Build Your Best Budget in 2017

It’s that time of year again – holiday decorations are coming down, all (or at least most) of the seasonal food and drink has been consumed and we’re doing our best to start yet another new year off on the…


The Best Holiday Gift to Give Yourself this Year? A Budget

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone! Did you find the best deals or avoid those busy shopping days altogether? Regardless of shopping habits, the majority of Americans (93%) intend to buy gifts this holiday season and more…


Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan

Financial Plans Lagging? Help Is on the Way!

Regardless of income level, people with a financial plan also tend to save more for retirement. Those with a financial plan save around 10% of their salaries toward retirement, compared to just 6% for those without a plan. To access…


It’s Open Enrollment Season!

Open enrollment season upon us, which means you’ll be faced with a number of complex decisions about your benefits in the next few weeks – from healthcare to flexible spending accounts. And while most 401(k) plans allow you to make…


Life Insurance

Why Women Need Life Insurance

September is National Life Insurance Awareness month, created to remind us that having affordable yet sufficient life insurance is important. This year, a sizable segment of the population should take extra care to make sure their life insurance needs are…


Life Insurance Landmines

Life insurance: Most of us realize that it’s important and many of us have purchased policies, often through our employer. What a large number of us don’t consider, however, is that life insurance isn’t a “set it and forget it”…


Education & College Planning

Giving the Gift of Education

As the popular saying and song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and for many, this season means thinking about what type of gifts you’ll give to the special people in your life. If you have someone…


Balancing College and Retirement Savings

As a parent, it’s natural to want to do all you can to help your child succeed – and for many, college is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to setting their children up for success. Higher…


Family and Finances

What Americans Feel Best or Worst About When it Comes to Finances

As many of us know, the topic of personal finance can be fraught with emotion. For example, the New York Times reported that frequent disagreements about finances increased the odds of divorce by 30%.1 In fact, it can be such a…


Marriage and Money

May marks the beginning of “wedding season.” It’s a time that brings lots of joy but can also be a reminder of how intertwined personal finances and being married are. Money and marriage intersect at various points in life and…


Getting Started in Investing

The Road to Financial Independence

Today’s young adults are contending with significant student loan debt, stagnant wages and rising rent. In this environment, becoming financially independent can be tough. A recent study from Fidelity found that 47% of millennials have had their parents cover the…


How to Tell If Your Advisor Is Following the Fiduciary Standard

When the Department of Labor passed the final version of its conflict-of-interest rule requiring any advisor delivering retirement savings advice to follow the fiduciary standard, consumers everywhere applauded (and rightfully so). Most were also left with significant questions, however. For…