Year-End Financial Planning Checklist

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to begin organizing your finances for the new year. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of key planning topics to consider. Savings and investments Revisit your retirement contributions. Review how much you’re contributing to your workplace retirement account. If you’re not taking full advantage…

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

After years of dutiful payments, you find yourself in the enviable position of having enough accumulated savings or discretionary income that you could aggressively pay down—or completely pay off—your mortgage. But should you? Are there better ways to ensure your financial security? Making the best choice for you Paying down your mortgage faster—or paying it…

Is the Cloud Secure Enough for Me?

Have you ever used Dropbox or Box.com? How about web-based mail, like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Hotmail? If you consider that all of these are clouds—as are most Google apps—it’s hard to find an Internet user who doesn’t have some information in the cloud. As cloud-based services become more prevalent, you might be wondering: Is the cloud…

Medicare Basics You Need to Know

The concept of Medicare can be murky for soon-to-be retirees. If you learn basic enrollment guidelines and some of the nuances of various Medicare plans, you’ll be empowered with the knowledge you need to make better decisions—and avoid costly penalties. Here, we explore key points and address common questions about this federal health insurance program.…

5 Ways to Spot a Phishing E-Mail

Did you know that phishing (i.e., scam) e-mails account for about 91 percent of all cyberattacks? In other words, nearly every cybersecurity issue you could think of—from viruses, to ransomware, to full-blown data breaches—starts with users accidentally clicking malicious links in e-mails. On the technology end, spam filters and antivirus scanners combat the threat of phishing e-mails.…