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Seven ways to improve 401(k) performance

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Improve 401(k) performance with these tips

In addition to the below tips, make sure to fully understand asset allocation and the fees being charged. Many 401(k) plans have fees subtracted by the firm that invests and manages the account. If a client is 59 1/2  years old and still working at the same firm where the 401(k)...

Is your nest egg cracked?

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Potential market losses… Increased tax rates… Is your retirement nest egg safe?

You’ve spent a lot of time, hard work, and dedication saving for retirement. The last thing you want is to lose any of your hard-earned money to market losses or increased tax rates. However, this is what a lot of retirees’ face with the accounts they currently use for their retirement savings.

There are benefits to every type of account, of course, so these aren’t bad accounts by any means, but you must understand them to figure out if they are best for you.

A lot of people use a 401(k) or IRA for their retirement savings, as this is what they’ve been taught to do for so long. A 401(k) and...

Educating online helped me connect with students in new ways

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In a virtual world, it can be hard to connect to students with learning disabilities, but I have learned to adapt and form real bonds with my students. I have been working in the education sector for around 30 years and started teaching virtually in 2020. With degrees in special education, interpreting for the deaf, and educational leadership, I did not expect to be working as a 2nd grade teacher at New Mexico Destinations Career Academy, but taking that position opened doors for me to learn a new avenue of communication with students online.

I love teaching virtually because it allows me to work my schedule into what works best for me. It takes a certain person with resilience to...

Is your debt a snowball or an avalanche?

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‘Layin’ it on the line’

By Lawrence Castillo

Guest Columnist

“10% of the people in this world use debt to get richer. 90% use it to get poorer.” -Warren Buffett

Getting rid of debt at any time is a great idea. After all, carrying a heavy debt load is known to cause various psychological and physical ailments. Being shackled to a pile of bills leads to the loss of opportunities and options that can improve one’s life.

These issues are magnified when a person is ready or forced by circumstances to retire. Although an alarming number of people are doing so, entering retirement with debt is highly inadvisable.

I often tell my clients, many of whom are retiring from...

Do you insure your home? Your car?

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Let me pose this question, do you insure your home?  Your Cars? Your valuable possessions?

Of course, you do.  Why?  You pass that obligation to a risk bearer, an insurance company, because you do not want to be exposed to risk or loss.  It is human nature to wish to protect our possessions if something devastating occurs.

Now let me ask a critical follow-up question, do you insure your investments? Your retirement accounts?  The sad fact is that many people do not take the same precautions for their essential money.

If your investments are in risk-based assets like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and variable annuities, you may be exposing these investments to market risk. I am...

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