People are living longer now than ever before. This is surely something to celebrate, however, one of the unintended consequences of our additional longevity is that divorce is on the rise for people over 50. In fact, divorce rates for people 50 and older have almost doubled since the 1990s. Divorce is typically not something you plan for in advance but there are things you can do to prepare for the wide range of emotional and financial implications both before and after it is finalized.
Selecting a financial advisor can be both confusing and daunting – we get it.
What’s the difference between an advisor working at a firm like Morgan Stanley and an advisor working for a local, independent firm? There are actually many differences, but one place to start is understanding the various financial advisor qualifications associated with investment management and financial planning.
Imagine if your doctor followed this standard when recommending medical treatment: you need a treatment for a serious ailment and the doctor recommends a “suitable” treatment. Not the best or most appropriate treatment, but a suitable one. He could offer you superior treatment, but instead he recommends a treatment using a pharmaceutical company that, in fact, pays him a good deal of money for such recommendations.
Congratulations! You’re a college graduate and the world is your oyster. Transitioning to life as an independent adult means leaving the structure and preset expectations school provides, which can be both daunting and exciting at the same time. For years you had parents/teachers/professors/coaches telling you what you needed to do to reach the next step in life. Now, it’s up to you to decide what that next step looks like and how you’ll get there.
Technology has changed the way we live, especially as consumers. You can order dinner without leaving the couch or request a ride (in most cities) by using apps on your phone. Convenience, however, comes at the cost of providing your personal data, including credit card and banking information, and many people do so freely. Just think about the number of websites that have your personal identifying information (date of birth, social security number, etc.) and how many have your banking and credit card information – probably too many to count!