Where is Your Money REALLY Invested? Do You Know?

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If I asked you, “Where is your money really invested?”, what would your response be?

For 95% of the world, they’d probably say, “In my 401k…” and then they’d look at me like I was missing half my brain, because where else could their invested money possibly be?

First of all, there are plenty of other places to invest your money outside of your 401k, but that’s not even what I’m talking about. What I’m saying is “Within your 401k, what is your money actually invested in?” Most people have absolutely no idea, and it’s probably killing them and their future retirement plans.

Where Is Your Money Really Invested?

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In finance speak, what we’re really asking is, “What is your asset allocation?”

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Tips for Maximizing Your Retirement Savings and Decreasing Taxes

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Holding a job is never fun, but it should pay off at some point or another. After you’ve worked for twenty or thirty years, you should be able to retire and begin enjoying a work-free life. However, you must remember that a good retirement requires plenty of planning and many years of saving.

Maximize Your Savings and Decrease Taxes

By planning early and saving as much as possible, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing you’ll have plenty of money to travel the world, buy luxurious items and avoid returning to work in the future. Below, you will find tips for maximizing your retirement savings, while simultaneously decreasing your taxes.

Maxing Out Your 401k

The mass majority of American workers will have access to a 401k. This will typically be sponsored by your employer and they should be willing to match your contributions. Remember that you can allocate a large . . . → Read More: Tips for Maximizing Your Retirement Savings and Decreasing Taxes

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? (Use This Free Tool to Find Out)

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire

“Will I have enough money to retire?….Or will I end up broke, surviving on dog food and spam?” I joke about it, but this is a serious worry for 99% of us today, and why shouldn’t it be? Socking money away for retirement isn’t easy, and it can get pretty complicated figuring out exactly how much our monthly contributions will grow into 40 years from now.

That’s why I created this simple tool, “The Retirement Calculator“.

Simply click the link and the calculator will download to your PC – you’ll see it in the lower left-hand corner of your screen once it downloads.

Will You Have Enough Money to Retire?

To figure out if your money will last through your entire retirement, you’ll have to answer just five simple questions:

How old are you? At what age do you want to retire? How much money is currently in your retirement . . . → Read More: Will You Have Enough Money to Retire? (Use This Free Tool to Find Out)

Retire Extremely Early – The 7 Keys

Are you one of those crazy people that aspire to retire extremely early? Like earlier than 50? Earlier than 40? Heck, maybe you even have the goal to retire by 30! It’s been done before, so why not you?

What would you like to do with your early retirement?

Maybe….

Travel the world Volunteer in your local community Lay on the beach all day Do….anything! 7 Keys to Retire Extremely Early

You might not know exactly what you want to do, but you DO KNOW that you don’t want to work in a cubicle from 8am-6pm for the rest of your life. So why not save up a pile of cash and enjoy life in retirement while you’re still young?

If you think this sounds like heaven, then let’s figure out what you’ll need to do to make it possible!

1) Get Out of Debt

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3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

On my 20th birthday, I opened my first mutual fund. As a part-time night teller earning $8.25 per hour, I was so proud of myself. Things didn’t go quite as I’d planned them, however. Throughout the next decade, I learned many investment lessons from my own choices and actions – as well as others’.

I wish I could say all of the lessons were positive. But, mistakes are excellent teachers, too. Doggone it.

So, here are some things I learned. You may agree or disagree with this list. It’s likely your own list would look different. That’s alright. Once you’ve read through my list, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

First of all, should investing even be on your radar when you’re in your 20’s?

ABSOLUTELY. I may not have handled it perfectly, but I plan . . . → Read More: 3 Major Investment Lessons I Learned In My 20’s

How to Become a Billionaire Family

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Wish you had a million dollars? How about a billion? That’s right! Billion with a “B”! Few dare to dream so lofty, but it’s absolutely possible. And actually, it’s pretty simple. It’ll just take a few years. Well, that may be an understatement, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Instead, let’s check out two very solid methods to become a billionaire family.

How to Become a Billionaire Family

The typical route to become a billionaire family is this:

Start your own company Grow wildly Go public with it (IPO) or sell it

But you know what? Not everyone’s an entrepreneur, and some people just aren’t cut out for working on the same project for 15 hours a day, 365 days a year.

So is there another way? Can the average person amass a fortune of billions of dollars? The answer, yes and no… Let me explain.

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Retirement Savings by Age – Are You on Track?

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Nearly a third of all workers admit to having less than $1,000 saved for retirement. Fifty-seven percent replied that they have less than $25,000 saved. Without knowing the exact retirement savings by age to reach a comfortable retirement, it’s still pretty obvious that the average American is woefully behind.

Below are the stats for the median retirement savings by age in 2013. Based on the recent news of people continually ignoring their retirement savings, I assume today’s numbers aren’t much different. So, here’s the big question, “Is it good enough to be average?”

The average Social Security payout in June 2016 was $1,234.98. Add to that an average spousal benefit of $699.77, and that provides the average couple with an income of $1,934.75.

According to U.S. News, the average cost of retirement per month is $3,411.50. This means that the average retiree needs to come up with $1,476.75 on . . . → Read More: Retirement Savings by Age – Are You on Track?

How to Become an Automatic Millionaire

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“What if I told you that in just an hour or two I could share with you a system that would slowly and surely transform you into a millionaire?”

Sounded like a bad sales pitch to me…like I was going to have to dish out $200 to a pyramid scheme before I could receive my millions. In fact, I almost took the CD out of our car stereo right then and there. Thankfully, I pressed on and let the man talk.

Liz and I were on our way back from Tennessee. It was a fantastically relaxing trip, filled with reading, hiking, and many daytime naps. We desperately needed it and were so happy we made the trip. On the way back, I decided to turn my brain on again to learn a little something about our personal finances. I popped in the book on CD, “The Automatic Millionaire” by . . . → Read More: How to Become an Automatic Millionaire

10 Signs You’re Not Saving Enough for Retirement

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The average 65 year old has $149,000 saved up for retirement…which is absolutely pitiful. Even if they receive $2,000 a month from Social Security (and I wouldn’t depend on that in the future), their monthly income with a 4% draw from their retirement account is still under $2,500 each month! At this point, I sure hope most of these 65 year-olds don’t have a house payment, otherwise they’re sunk. Based on this simple scenario of the average person, it’s important to recognize the signs you’re not saving enough for retirement.

10 Signs You’re Not Saving Enough For Retirement

You work hard. You earn lots of money. Wouldn’t you like to have some of it when you’re older? Heck, wouldn’t you like to have LOTS of it when you’re older? I think we all do. But, you have to be willing to sacrifice some things today if you want to . . . → Read More: 10 Signs You’re Not Saving Enough for Retirement

Should I Pursue an Executive Career or Financial Independence?

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At the age of 27, I proclaimed that I would retire by 34. A pretty crazy proclamation I know, but I had a plan: I would live frugally, invest, and also build up my website to be one of the top blogs in the nation, making it worth $1,000,000 or so. I would then sell the site, live off that million bucks for the next 30 years, and at that point start drawing from my retirement account.

This idea sounded pretty rock solid at the time (blogs actually do sell for millions of dollars by the way), but as many of you know, life rarely goes as planned. Since then, I went through an unexpected divorce, ended up owing thousands of dollars from the settlement, and my blog was penalized by Google soon after. Not exactly the golden road to early retirement…

At this point, my site is worth around . . . → Read More: Should I Pursue an Executive Career or Financial Independence?