There are few signs of an impending recession. So why is everyone using the "R" word? Wall Street's thinking goes like this: Flat returns in the stock market make it harder for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, and in turn, the Fed's lack of action concerns investors about U.S. economic expectations.
Is freedom in retirement more important, or is having enough money? The answer might surprise you. A new survey reveals that money and financial pressures don't influence when people choose to retire as much was first thought. For many, it isn't just about money, but about the freedom to enjoy life.
Terry Skovronek is a "death midwife," offering green burials and nontraditional home funerals. On Jan. 21, she'll host her regular Death Café, open to the public, where people can talk freely about their fears and hopes surrounding death and dying, burials and rituals - all over tea and cake, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Bucks County Free Library, 150 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
Do you and your family have a "life book," a physical notebook or a binder containing your important documents? Financial advisers and estate lawyers say life books are the key to happy retirement - and to helping families know what to do in an emergency.
Erin Arvedlund writes a weekly column for the Inquirer on investing and personal finance. Her first book was Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff (Penguin).