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What I Wish I Knew About Money When I Was Younger

Now that I’m safely out of my teens, looking back I can see that there was much more about money that I wish I knew when I was younger.

How To Handle Your Finances During A Long Bull Market

As a society, we seem to be obsessed with setting records. Just look at how many editions of the Guinness World Records books have been published! We are fascinated by historic events, athletes pushing their limits, and new inventions that have changed the course of history. Well, there are plenty of records being hit in the financial world as well. 2017 was a year of consistent record highs for the Dow Jones and S&P 500, and on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, our current bull market officially became the longest bull market in history. This is great news, but what does it mean for you and your money?

 

How Does Your Retirement Savings Compare To Your Neighbors?

Because our retirement years can span decades, saving for our golden years often looms large in our minds. But despite the importance and popularity of this topic in the personal finance world, there’s a lot of contradictory and overwhelming advice. There is a glut of information about when to start saving, what the best strategies are, and how much you’ll need. For example, we are told that we need X amount for a 20-year retirement, or that we should contribute X amount to our 401(k). The experts tell us to pay off all of our debt but make sure we have enough liquidity for emergencies.

 

Our Mid-Year 2018 Economic Update

Believe it or not, we are halfway through 2018! As we reach this mid-year mark, let’s dig in to the details of what our economy is up to. After a stellar 2017, 2018 has brought a fair share of ups and downs, market volatility, trade uncertainty, and record unemployment numbers. However, as most individual Americans see it, things are looking up. Here’s a bird’s-eye view of our economy as we reach the mid-year mark of 2018

 

Your 2018 Social Security Benefit Guide

Almost 62 million people depend on Social Security in one way or another. Originally created during the Great Depression as a retirement safety net, it has now grown to cover 96% of workers in the US. In 2017 alone, the Social Security Administration paid out $955 billion in benefits, the majority of which went to retired workers.

 

Does Your Financial Plan Need a Second Opinion?

Think back to your last major decision, whether it was a career move, a relocation, a medical treatment, or something else entirely. Did you make a quick choice without exploring your options, or did you conduct research and gather as much information as possible? Did you approach the decision-making process on your own, or did you look to trusted mentors, family, friends, or even the Internet to help?

 

What is a Fiduciary and Why is it Important?

In the news, the word “fiduciary” has been thrown around a lot in regards to financial advisors and their duties. The concept can seem confusing to people, as many assume that all advisors, whether they’re stockbrokers or financial planners, are required to act in their client’s best interest. But that’s not the reality. It’s important to understand the distinction between different types of advisors’ roles and what it means for you and your money.

 

You Can Now Make an Appointment Online!

If you’re like me, your to-do list is probably miles long. And when we get busier, the tasks that tend to fall down the priority list are usually simple ones, like making appointments. But no matter how hectic life gets, your finances can’t be ignored. At The Harvey Group, we want to do everything in our power to make things as simple and convenient for you so that you can be confident, knowing that your finances are taken care of and on the right track.

 

Ten Questions To Ask Your Financial Advisor

With over 200,000 financial advisors across the country, how do you know which one will be the right fit for your situation and personality? The financial advisor you choose to handle your family’s wealth will have a significant impact on your investment strategy, the fees you pay, and your confidence in your financial future. This is not a decision to take lightly, especially since each advisor has a different level of service, expertise, and ability.

 

What We Do and How We Can Help

People often assume that only those who have mismanaged their money are stressed about finances. However, even hard-working and successful individuals and families can lack confidence in their future.

 

At The Harvey Group, we understand the stress and concern that can come with facing financial decisions. After working hard throughout your career to build your wealth, you want to make sure it works hard for you in return when you retire and when you want to leave a legacy.