According to a 2013 survey, almost 90 percent of middle-income Americans do not feel prepared to handle the financial cost of a critical illness. Most respondents said they would have to use their savings, but 75 percent had less than $20,000 in savings and 25 percent had no savings at all.
A critical illness can be especially challenging, but even healthy people with medical insurance can face substantial out-of-pocket expenses. The total health-care cost for a typical family of four covered by an employer-sponsored PPO insurance plan is $22,030 in 2013. More than 40 percent of this total – $9,144 – is paid by employees through payroll deductions and out-of-pocket expenditures.
One strategy that may help reduce health-care costs while saving for future expenses is to combine a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA).
Luxury spending power by African Americans is estimated to be nearly $90 billion, according to Diversity Affluence, a consultancy for upscale brands.
This includes affluent African-American households with an individual salary of $75,000 and households with income of at least $150,000.
Trying to protect its brand and sales, Barneys New York executives met with the Rev. Al Sharpton and other leaders from the National Action Network on Tuesday to address the allegations of racial profiling.
As Barneys and Macy's investigate these allegations their brands may be tarnished, especially with African-American luxury shoppers.
If you leave a job or retire, you might want to transfer the money you've invested in one or more employer-sponsored retirement plans to an individual retirement account (IRA). An IRA rollover is an effective way to keep your money accumulating tax deferred.
Using an IRA rollover, you transfer your retirement savings to an account at a private institution of your choice, and you choose how you will invest the funds. To preserve the tax-deferred status of retirement savings, the funds must be deposited in the IRA within 60 days of withdrawal from an employer's plan. To avoid potential penalties and a 20 percent federal income tax withholding from your former employer, you should arrange for a direct, institution-to-institution transfer.
ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY: Even with the full understanding that some accidents and illnesses cannot be avoided, few small business owners plan for the unexpected. One step in the planning process is to make sure proper insurance coverage is in place.
For the most part, we are all accustomed to purchasing the basic insurance policies that cover our home, car and life. But there are different types of disability income insurance plans that will protect income and even pay bills when necessary.
Disability income insurance is designed to maintain financial stability when you are sick, hurt or unable to work by providing a monthly income directly to the business owner. It is typically used as the primary income replacement that helps prevent the depletion of savings and retirement income.
The New Tri-State Defender is excited to announce the strategic hiring of Yolanda Hargrove as its new Sales Consultant and Account Executive.
Hargrove is charged with growing print and digital advertising, as well as event sponsorship and the development of strategic networking events and building relationships for the publication.
"Yolanda brings creativity and experience in the business arena and has been successful in a number of corporate accounts throughout her career. She brings an innovative and aggressive approach to strategically building new business and new relationships throughout the community and across the country," said TSD President and Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
The Tennessee Beautician's Association 2013 Annual Trade Show and Convention will be held Oct. 26-29 at the Memphis Airport Hotel and Conference Center at 2240 Democrat Rd.
According to Janice Scott, the financial secretary for the association, the event's purpose has many layers.
"To educate, to encourage people in the business, as well as others, help others find employment in the industry, and help people keep up with the laws and changes in the industry so that they will be aware of everything going on," said Scott.
MONEY MATTERS: A 2013 study of entrepreneurship found that more than a quarter of workers aged 65 and older plan to start their own businesses in the next three years.
Developing a business after you retire from your regular job could be rewarding personally and financially, but like most potential rewards it comes with risks and challenges. If you have an entrepreneurial vision, here are some tips that may help you maintain a realistic perspective.
Don't invest more than you can afford to lose. Current failure rates suggest that 50