I write about money issues that are top of mind for my financial planning clients and friends with a special emphasis on transitioning to retirement and retirement tips for late starters. As we wrap up another year, I’ve been looking back on my most popular and favorite posts from 2017.
It’s interesting to see what was important to you as measured by the number of eyes on the page. A post is usually popular because you liked it and shared it with others. These are the post that resonated most with readers this year:
How Can You Tell If You’re Good With Money?
Instead of my usual New Year’s financial resolutions post, I took a different take in January 2017: “How To Tell If You Are Good With Money.” If you are tracking well on these six measures, you are on your way to meeting your financial goals.
To be “good with money,” you pay off your high-interest credit cards every month and use the points for things you love, such as travel. This way, you are maximizing your purchases.
In the post, “The Missing Step in Getting Out and Staying Out of Debt,” I shared something that many people miss when trying to get out of debt.
Love And Money
In my career as a financial planner, I’ve seen many people—usually women—leave the investing and strategic financial decisions up to their spouse. Maybe they weren’t interested in finance, or they simply thought their spouse knew more.
The truth is we all need to know the basics, no matter how smart our spouse is. So I shared “9 Things You Need To Know If Your Spouse Handles The Money.”
Tips For Late Starters
Planning for retirement in today’s world is challenging. Because we no longer have fixed pensions, it’s hard to know if we’ve saved enough. My piece, titled “7 Ways To Get Ready For Retirement If You’re 50 And Haven’t Started Saving,” was not just my most popular post of the year but of all time. It was read by over 500,000 people. This interest prompted me to start a Catch Up Your Retirement Planning Challenge for late starters or anyone unsure about their retirement on my own site.
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Casablanca
The Forbes site is home to a vast amount of business, investing and entrepreneurship news. The investing vertical alone has 18 different subsections, so to have your piece chosen as an editor’s pick is special. In 2017, three of my pieces made this coveted spot.
- How to educate your kids about finances. This controversial piece is a tough love strategy for financial education. My take—even if you can pay for your kid’s college, have them take out loans. Don’t miss the best financial education opportunity ever!
- Teach your kids to be really good with money. What do wealthy families worry about? Their kids and grandkids not being able to handle money and having it ruin their lives instead of enhancing them. “Your Kids Will Inherit Your Money, Teach Them How To Handle It” was an editor’s pick.
- Free money may be yours. Do you have accounts you’ve forgotten about, or accounts that somehow got lost in the shuffle when you moved? I wrote this piece, “Find Your Unclaimed Property In Less Than 5 Minutes,” about the sites where you can easily check to see if you have money out there waiting to be collected.
I’d love to hear what financial topics are on your mind for 2018. Leave any topic requests or ideas in the comments below.
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