Two ways to make financial planning smart, not scary

first_imgDo you think people are more likely to spend five hours deciding on a car, planning a vacation or working on their retirement investments?A 2014 Charles Schwab survey of 1,000 retirement savers shows what you’ve probably already guessed: More than half said they spent over five hours on their last car decision, and 39 percent said they’d spent that much time planning their last vacation. But only 11 percent reported spending that much time on investing for their retirement savings.We get it. Deciding which car to buy or beach or ski hill to visit is fun and easy for most people. But, figuring out how to turn retirement assets into an income stream for the future?  That can be pretty intimidating for many.The good news is: As financial advisors, we’re here to help turn these experiences from scary to smart for the people and families we serve. To achieve this, we recommend two key tactics that can ease clients’ minds, stress levels and willingness to recommend to friends and family. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMCOVID-19 pandemic looms over Indonesia’s record-high trade surplus

first_imgForgot Password ? Log in with your social account trade-deficit trade-balance trade-surplus COVID-19 China exports imports Facebook Topics : The spread of COVID-19 is expected to hit Indonesia’s trade surplus, which booked a nine-year high figure in February, as a shortage of raw materials for industry looms over the country, economists and businesspeople have said.Indonesia recorded a US$2.34 billion trade surplus in February despite disrupted trade activities in China amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday. The figure is the first surplus in four months and the highest since September 2011.The country recorded a total of $13.94 billion in exports in February, an 11 percent increase year-on-year (yoy), supported by increasing shipments of palm oil, gold, vehicles and textile products. Meanwhile, total imports declined 5.11 percent yoy to $11.60 billion as a result of fewer purchases of all consumer goods, raw materials and capital goods.“The data sho… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Googlelast_img read more