Financial Wellness

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defines financial wellness as, “having financial security and financial freedom of choice, in the present and in the future.”

Financial wellness means that you: 1) have control over your day-to-day, month-to-month finances, 2) have the capacity to absorb a financial shock, 3) are on track to meet financial goals, and 4) have the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life.

Financial wellness results in: confidence, contentment, a sense of security, control, and purpose, and even happiness. And, there are numerous ways to improve financial wellness.

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6 Competing Retirement Investing Goals and How to Sort Them Out for Long-Term Wealth

Creating a retirement investment plan for after you retire is downright complicated. Explore 6 competing priorities and how to invest for long term wealth.

September 1, 2022

7 Ways to Tame Financial Stress for a Wealthier Future

Thinking about money can be stressful. Find out how to use stress to your advantage and achieve a more secure future!

September 1, 2022

Coping with Financial Crises: Wealth-Building Lessons from Recent History

Don’t repeat mistakes from history. The 5 most recent financial crises provide lessons on protecting and building wealth in troubled times.

August 25, 2022

10 Remarkable Retirement Investments: Go Beyond Stocks, Bonds and Other Financial Products

Monetary retirement investments are critical. Investing in your future health and happiness will pay the important dividends.

August 18, 2022

How to Plan for Inflation in Your Long Term Financial Projections

Here are 7 tips for planning for inflation, especially now with rates so high. Learn about long term average inflation and more.

August 4, 2022

Cross Class Friendships: Why Having Friends with Money is a Good Thing for Long Term Wealth and Security

New research on cross class friendships is another data point on why we are better off when we mix across wealth, health, and age.

August 4, 2022

10 Reasons Why Talking About Money Can Give You a Better Future

Talking about money with friends, family, and peers can improve your financial outcomes. You’ll make better decisions.

August 3, 2022

For Real Retirement Security, Make a Plan for Everything that Could Possibly Go Wrong

Want retirement security? You need a retirement plan that will protect you from anything and everything that could go wrong. Read more…

July 28, 2022

Podcast: The Financial Samurai – “Buy This, Not That: How To Spend Your Way To Wealth And Freedom”

Steve and the Financial Samurai discuss Sam’s new book, “Buy This, Not That, How to Spend Your Way to Wealth and Freedom”. Listen in for tips on how to tackle life’s dilemmas in a rational way and achieve financial freedom.p

July 28, 2022

The Psychology of Money: 9 Important Lessons for Financial Wellness in 2022

The psychology of money can be confounding. Get 9 essential tips for feeling good about your finances and increasing your chances of good outcomes.

July 21, 2022
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How Much is Enough? How to Know if You Are Earning or Saving for Optimal Happiness

Everyone wants to know how much is enough. Here are 10 ways to find out how much savings or income is needed for happiness.

July 14, 2022
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TCJA and 2026 Tax Brackets: Why Your Taxes Are Likely to Increase and What to Do About It

Due to the the TCJA expiration, your 2026 tax brackets and rates will rise. Find out why and how to prepare for the increase.

June 30, 2022
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28 Keys to Building Wealth (Even Building Wealth After 50)

Building wealth can happen even after age 50! Just follow a few of these 28 best practices and habits consistently. Read now!

June 23, 2022
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Winners and Losers with the Recent Interest Rate Hike

As with any economic shift, there are winners and losers. See who benefits and who will suffer more from the recent interest rate hike.

June 16, 2022

Don’t Panic and 4 Other Quick Reminders for an Economic Downturn

Here are 5 quick and easy tips to consider as stocks slide, interest rates rise, and inflation persists.

June 16, 2022
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Stagflation: When Inflation Meets Stagnation and What to Do About It

Stagflation is a future possibility. Discover how we might prevent it and what to do if it happens. Read now…

June 9, 2022
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11 Ways Money Really Can Buy Happiness

They were wrong. The answer to the question does money buy happens is… yes! In fact, the research is overwhelming. And, there are actually multiple ways to spend to increase happiness. Here are 11 ways to spend money to buy happiness. The following 11 tips are valuable whether you are 75, 65, 55 or 15!…

June 9, 2022
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Why the Housing Market is More Important than the Stock Market for Most People

People often worry about the wrong things. You might be watching the stock market, but other metrics are significantly more important to most.

June 2, 2022
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78% of People Aren’t Ready for Retirement: The Good News? Everyone Can Improve Their Financial Prospects

Worried you aren’t ready for retirement? You aren’t alone and the fixes aren’t too painful. Improve your financial prospects.

May 26, 2022
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Stock Market Corrections, Crashes, and Bear Markets: What to Do When Your Investments Go Down?

Stock market corrections are a reality, but that doesn’t make them less painful. Here are 10 tips for weathering these storms.

May 19, 2022
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13 Ways to Improve Your Financial Decision Making

Making the right decision is important. Financial decision making is especially critical. Here are 13 tips for a wealthier future.

May 19, 2022
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Financial Mapping: A Retirement Plan Is Like a Navigation System for Your Money and Time

Financial mapping, creating a roadmap for your money can help you with better financial habits, decisions and outcomes. It’s GPS for your finances.

May 12, 2022
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18 Big Financial Planning Misconceptions

There is a lot of confusion about financial planning. Here are 18 of the biggest misconceptions.

May 5, 2022
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What is Consumption Smoothing? And, Why Is It Important to Your Lifelong Happiness?

While most people do short term consumption smoothing, you really need it for your future financial security.

April 28, 2022

NewRetirement Planner

Take financial wellness into your own hands and do it yourself retirement planning: easy, comprehensive, reliable.