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Boomers Struggle to Pay Off Mortgages Before Retirement

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Laura Lam

While outright homeownership increased among Baby Boomers after the last recession, they still lag previous generations, and may never catch up, according to the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research Group’s latest Housing Insight Series.  Older generations such as Baby Boomers have criticized Millennials for waiting longer than their generation to buy a home, however even Boomers are failing to keep up with the pace set by the generation before them. Baby Boomers are much less likely to own their home outright than the generations before them and may struggle to catch up before reaching retirement age.  According to the report, “The leading…

New Jersey Ranks Worst in Nation for Finances

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

New Jersey is nearly $209 billion in debt and has the worst finances of any state in the nation, according to a recent report.  Truth in Accounting, a think tank that analyzes government finances, ranked all 50 states based on their debt per taxpayer. The group’s latest report said New Jersey taxpayers carry $67,200 each in debt, a burden has almost doubled since 2013, when it was $36,000 per taxpayer. New Jersey’s massive debt load largely stems from pension and retiree health care costs for state workers. The report said the state has $118.8 billion in unfunded pension benefits and…

Most Americans Die With Debt

Posted on August 04, 2017 by Laura Lam

You’re probably going to die with some debt to your name. In fact, 73% of consumers had outstanding debt when they were reported as dead, according to December 2016 data provided to Credit.com by credit bureau Experian. Those consumers carried an average total balance of $61,554, including mortgage debt. Without home loans, the average balance was $12,875. The data is based on Experian’s FileOne database, which includes 220 million consumers. Among the 73% of consumers who had debt when they died, about 68% had credit card balances. The next most common kind of debt was mortgage debt (37%), followed by…

Is the New Household Debt Record Cause for Concern?

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Last month, the New York Federal Reserve reported that household debt across the nation has hit a dubious milestone in the first quarter: It surpassed the peak debt level of 2008 at $12.7 trillion. Household debt — including mortgages, auto and student loans, and credit cards — rose $149 billion compared with the last quarter of 2016, with nearly all the gain coming from mortgages. Reaching the peak raises questions about whether the backdrop exists again for another financial meltdown.  But the data show the current structure of debt is substantially different from 2008. According to a research officer at…

73% of Americans Have Financial Regrets

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Nearly 3-in-4 U.S. adults have financial regrets, according to a new Bankrate.com report. The most common is not saving for retirement early enough, followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses and taking on too much credit card debt. Taking on too much student loan debt is fourth, however, it tops the list among older millennials (27-36 year-olds). Fifth overall is not saving enough for your children’s education and sixth is buying more house than you could afford. Baby Boomers are the most likely to regret not saving for retirement earlier; remorse over this issue grows steadily from age 18-62. It’s…

American Households Spend 53% of Its Income On These Expenses

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

If there’s one fairly steady theme over the past couple of decades, it’s that consumers are saving less of their income and their household budgets are being pushed to the limit.  According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s February data, the personal saving rating in America was a paltry 5.6%. Comparatively, U.S. workers were socking away more than 12% of their paycheck 50 years ago.  At the same time, a number of household expenses have largely outpaced the inflation rate and wage growth. These include healthcare costs, college expenses, and in recent years housing costs, since home prices have…

Average Retirement Savings is Inadequate

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Laura Lam

Most American families, even those close to retirement, have little or no retirement savings.  Not surprisingly, younger families have less stashed away. According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the mean retirement savings of a family between 32 and 37 years old is $31,644. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Since so many families have zero savings and since super-savers can pull up the average, the median savings, or those at the 50th percentile, may be a better gauge. The median for families between 32 and 37 is a scant $480. How big should your nest egg be in your 30s?…

Retirees Will Influence Future Consumer Spending

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Laura Lam

Major demographic shifts over the next decade will have a dramatic affect on U.S. consumer spending – which in turn will influence the overall economy, specific industry sectors and individual stocks, according to a new report.  Population growth will be uneven, favoring the South and West as retirees migrate to the Sunbelt in search of warm climates and lower taxes.  This shift in population could affect public sector spending and municipal bond markets. The Conference Board report, “The Impact of Demographic Trends on Consumer Spending,” examines the size and age distribution of the future population, how spending patterns will change…

What to Buy in January

Posted on January 06, 2017 by Laura Lam

Have you spent too much on Christmas presents? Are holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket? Either way, frugal shoppers will find plenty of bargains in January, although some things should be put on the “wait” list.  Here are this month’s steals and deals from Cheapism.com. BUY: CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY ITEMS – Prices on holiday-themed goods take a dive immediately after Christmas and continue to fall throughout January. By early in the month, prices should be at least half off, albeit on a dwindling selection. Still, it’s worth stocking up on holiday wrapping paper, ornaments, cards, and the like to…

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Laura Lam

During the holiday season, words like “values”, “impact”, and “empathy” feel especially relevant. People across the economic spectrum feel drawn to giving back to their communities and the causes that matter to them. But during this busy time of year, translating good intentions into action can feel overwhelming.  How can we really make a difference? A Desai Foundation study found that people were not sure how to give, when to give, or how much to give. The “giving” phenomenon is often wrapped up in monetary donations and recognition, but we forget that giving is really about service. And we can all…