Let’s Talk About … Bankruptcy

Let’s Talk About … Bankruptcy   According to a recent paper by a Wharton Business School professor, one in 10 U.S. households have filed for bankruptcy at some point. Moreover, approximately 1 million file for personal bankruptcy each year. Yet, even in the wake of total household debt soaring to a record $14.3 trillion in […]

Social Security Updates

Social Security Updates The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in 2021. Beneficiaries can expect a 1.3% increase in their income payouts next year, which is actually smaller than the COLA increase was for this year.1 For single households, that’s an average increase of about $20 a month; $33 for […]

Let’s Talk About the 401(k)

401(K)

Let’s Talk About The 401(k) The 401(k) originally began as a company profit-sharing plan. Companies had been funding defined benefit pensions for years, but as their annual profits and stock prices experienced volatility, they looked for ways to share that burden with employees. Through profit sharing, workers made money when the company did and made […]

FICA: Where Do Your Payroll Taxes Go?

FICA: Where Do Your Payroll Taxes Go? FICA Payroll Taxes is something that anyone earning income in American is subject to paying.  The Federal Insurance Contributions Act was passed in 1935 to create a tax to pay for the Social Security program. Today, it’s best known as the FICA or payroll tax. Most have it […]

Winter Getaways

Winter Getaways Many Americans missed out on vacations in 2020 as the pandemic limited their travel options. As of August 2020, only 14% of Americans said they were willing to travel domestically or internationally; 41% were willing to travel once restrictions eased; and 35% said they would not take a trip until a vaccine is […]

The Millennial Economy

The Millennial Economy The millennial generation hasn’t had it so great. A recent economic analysis reports that since entering the workforce five to 20 years ago, the average millennial has experienced slower economic advancement than any other generation in U.S. history.1 It’s not just a matter of long periods of high unemployment. It’s also because getting […]