Retirement savings for women presents several issues women should be aware of early in their savings endeavors. Most important is how earning less and living longer has implications for retirement. On average, women live more than five years longer than men, which means that they need enough retirement income to last longer. Additionally, they are more likely to be living alone at some time in their retirement. This makes preparing for their own retirement income even more important while potentially facing more hurdles. Women may be in and out of the work force more often, contributing to lower life-time earnings and less likely to be vested in company pension plans.
Take advantage of websites to save money (besides this one). I am constantly on the lookout for useful websites that save you money and you will find many throughout my book and blog posts. Here are some recent finds.
https://wallethub.com/edu/credit-card-extended-warranty-study/25686/ – Most credit cards will extend the warranty of items you buy with their Card. This article provides useful information on taking advantage of this perk. This is a much better option than paying for one of those extended warranties often offered by websites before you checkout.
https://www.joinhoney.com/ – I have often urged you to take advantage of coupon codes to get a discount when shopping online (http://www.financialguidetolife.com/?s=coupon+codes&submit=Search ) . Honey.com takes this a step further by automatically applying the “best” code for you without you having to remember to search. It is an extension you add to your browser and is one of the relatively few extensions that work with Amazon.
https://www.momondo.com/ – My favorite website for the widest search for airline tickets. There are many good websites that search airline tickets, some with more features, but this one seems to do the most thorough search. But remember that some airlines like Southwest don’t appear in aggregators, so you should search their website directly.
Let’s continue our series on special financial issues that may especially affect women. When people marry, they still maintain a separate credit rating. This will now be affected by accounts that are maintained separately as well as co-signed together. When married women choose to apply for credit, they can do so under their maiden or married name. Having a strong credit rating is not only important for getting joint or separate credit while married, but may be needed again if the marriage ends.
When someone loses a spouse, he or she deals with intense feelings of grief. Despite this emotionally trying time, the widow or widower is left with a laundry list of things to complete, including creating a new budget, cancelling accounts, collecting benefits, and more. Having someone to help complete this list while dealing with the death of a spouse can be a lifesaver for anyone who is mourning, especially a senior.
Let’s continue our series on special money issues for women. Investing issues are similar for men and women, but studies do reveal differences in style and practices.
This article begins a new series on the special financial issues that women may face (but men will find it useful, too). These special financial issues women face may include marriage, being out of the work force for child rearing, widowhood, and on average living longer than men. All women need to be informed about the full range of financial issues. Nearly all women will need to be financially independent at some point in their life when starting out, divorced, widowed, or having never married. Let’s being with earnings.
Today’s guest post is from Jim Vogel at ElderAction.org who discusses four advantages for seniors who buy a HUD home.
If you are a senior who is in the market for a new home, you should consider buying a HUD home. HUD homes are those that were purchased using an FHA loan that then fall into foreclosure. While buying a HUD home is a little different from purchasing another type of foreclosed home, it is a fairly simple process that you can do on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. There are several advantages to buying a HUD home for seniors, and we highlight a few of them below.
Stocks Go Up
In the wake of the recent stock market volatility, this post provides the most important investment advice you need to know. First, remember that what goes up must come down. Stock markets go both up and down. This is easy to forget when markets have tripled since the recovery from the Great Recession began in 2008-9. This rise has been even more pronounced since the latest Republican administration took office and promised massive tax cuts primarily to businesses and did in fact almost halve the corporate tax rates. Based upon previous corporate tax cuts, most economists and investors assumed that most of the corporate tax cuts would be passed along to investors in the form of dividends and stock buy-backs which caused the U.S. stock markets to soar.
Let’s continue our series with investing fundamentals in a summary bullet format. Here is a really quick summary of mutual funds. Then review my more detailed articles for the areas that will help you invest wisely.
I have introduced the basics of investing in the past. Investing basics is such an important topic, that today, I’m providing the bullet version. Review the brief version below, and then read my more in-depth posts on the topics you want more information for. This will prepare you for more detailed investing topics I will provide in the coming weeks.