Carla Fried

Are You Getting the Best Return on Your Retirement?

Are You Getting the Best Return on Your Retirement?

In our performance-driven world what tends to get most of the attention when it comes to retirement planning is how to score the best possible return given our respective appetite for risk. To the extent retirement planning and investing ever bubbles up as a...
Is Your Personality Right For Investing?

Is Your Personality Right For Investing?

Over the past few decades the advent of behavioral economics has put the kibosh on the idea that we’re all highly effective rational machines when it comes to money matters. We’re now all well aware that our emotions come into play and can often lead us down...
So, What’s Your Long-Term Care Plan?

So, What’s Your Long-Term Care Plan?

While the general rate of inflation is officially tame, the same can’t be said for the cost of long-term care. According to the latest survey of long-term care costs from MetLife’s Mature Market Institute, the daily cost of a private room at a nursing care...
Got a Big 401(k)? Chances Are, You Got a Problem

Got a Big 401(k)? Chances Are, You Got a Problem

Think the wealthy have a leg up on financial smarts? Think again. Retirement advisory firm Financial Engines recently took a spin through nearly 3 million 401(k) accounts and found that among folks with at least $500,000 in assets, about one-third had in...
Asking for Help Can Improve Your Retirement Security

Asking for Help Can Improve Your Retirement Security

In a market environment of muted performance, squeezing out every additional percentage point of incremental return becomes ever more vital. And a new research report suggests there’s actually a fairly elegant, easy and lower-risk way to pocket better...
A Healthy Deal That Can Boost Your Retirement Security

A Healthy Deal That Can Boost Your Retirement Security

If you haven’t been paying much attention to changes in your employer’s health insurance program you could be missing out on one option that can help boost your retirement savings. Yes, a health insurance strategy that has a retirement angle. More and more...
How to Settle Your Internal Roth Vs. Traditional IRA Debate

How to Settle Your Internal Roth Vs. Traditional IRA Debate

Until 2010, folks with high income were stuck admiring Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) from a distance. Not only was there an income cut-off for being able to contribute to a Roth, but even more frustrating was the requirement that you could only...
Is Your Retirement Plan Vulnerable to a Punishing Hit?

Is Your Retirement Plan Vulnerable to a Punishing Hit?

If you’ve spent more than a few minutes following any of the deficit and debt debate that has been front and center in Washington this year, you’re no doubt well aware that the Medicare program is going to eat up massive chunks of federal revenue in the...