Best Ways to Save for Retirement

Most people think that the best way to save for retirement is by simply saying “I want to retire.” However, this is not the case. There are various ways to achieve the right amount of money saved for your future. One of the most important factors that you should consider is the type of retirement plan that will allow you to replace your current income with a variety of money sources.

Getting a good understanding of where your retirement income will come from will allow you to plan for the future. Having a clear picture of your financial situation can help you make informed decisions.

In this article, we will talk about the various ways you can save for retirement.

  1. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

One of the most popular ways to save for retirement is through a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. These two types of accounts have different benefits, so do your research to decide what is right for you.

One of the main advantages of a traditional IRA is that it allows you to take advantage of a tax break. However, it also provides other benefits, such as the ability to grow your contributions tax-free.

  1. Social Security

One of the most important factors that you should consider when it comes to planning for retirement is the type of retirement plan that will allow you to replace your current income with a variety of money sources. Social Security is one of the most reliable sources of income that you can expect to receive during your retirement.

One of the most complicated aspects of retirement planning is the amount of Social Security benefits that you will receive. The amount of these benefits will vary depending on various factors such as your age, your income, and your marital status.

  1. 401(k)

One of the most popular ways to save for retirement is through a company’s retirement plan, which is known as a 401(k). This type of account allows you to invest money from your paycheck directly into your retirement account. Another advantage of this type of plan is that it allows you to receive free money in exchange for contributing to it.

Like an IRA, the 401(k) accounts come in two types: a traditional one and a Roth one. The former allows you to contribute pre-tax money, while the latter allows you to receive contributions with after-tax money.

  1. Other Guaranteed Income Sources

Aside from Social Security, you can also supplement your retirement income with other sources of income, such as a pension or a life insurance policy.

Having a full understanding of your retirement income sources can help you determine how much money you will need to spend in order to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Even if it’s not possible to retire for several years, planning ahead can help boost the amount of money that you can spend on your lifestyle.

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Best Ways to Save for Retirement

Thoughts on the Future of NFTs

The world of art is constantly evolving. There are always new ways for artists to present their vision, and the increasing number of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) is one of the biggest changes in the industry. This new movement is challenging traditional beliefs about who makes art and how it can be purchased. It also provides new ways for individuals to explore and create their own unique art.

Non-fungible tokens also referred to as art NFTs, are unique digital assets that can be linked to a piece of art. An artist creates an NFT, and then they perform a process known as minting, which creates a token that is tied to the unique work of art. When someone purchases an asset, they become the true owner of that piece of art, as its original value is held on the blockchain.

Due to the technological advancements that have occurred in the blockchain, there are many new ways that artists can earn money from their work. These include the ability to sell their assets on secondary markets, perform smart contracts, and even fractionalize their works of art.

Aside from being incredibly innovative, NFTs also have a high price. In the first six months of 2021, the market cap of these assets was around $2.5 billion. In December that year, Pak set the record for the largest single sale by an artist with his NFT drop. CryptoPunks, on the other hand, is currently selling for around $500,000 each.

The rise of NFTs has been attributed to their innovation and how they are changing the way the world of art is viewed. These trends show how art NFTs are currently impacting the world and how they will continue to do so in the future.

  1. Artists Controlling Ownership

The digitization of art has changed the way people view the world of art, as it allows everyone to access it regardless of their physical location. The ability to browse through art has also changed the way people think about who makes it and how it can be purchased. With the rise of NFTs, artists are now able to create and distribute their work online. This new movement is challenging the traditional ways that people think about who makes art and how it can be purchased.

  1. New Art Patronage

One of the main advantages of blockchain technology is its ability to allow artists to receive payments directly from their clients. This eliminates the need for them to create for corporations, brands, and mega-collectors. Through the blockchain, artists can now earn money from their work without having to create for third parties.

Through the digitization of art, artists can now create their work while also connecting with their audience. This has led to an increase in the number of people who are interested in collecting art. Many of these individuals may have previously not considered collecting art.

  1. Increasing Diversity

Due to the digitization of art and the increasing number of NFTs, the number of influential individuals in the art world will also change. With more diverse groups and individuals being able to access art spaces, the world will become more representative of itself.

The goal of art is to provide people with a deeper understanding of themselves and their world, as well as allow them to have their perspectives expanded. To do so, the industry needs to focus on increasing the number of diverse voices in the space. In addition to providing educational opportunities for women and minorities, the crypto industry should also be working to create more diverse communities.

  1. Added Features

In addition to being able to own the original artwork, there are also growing calls for additional features that allow people to benefit from the ecosystem. These include the ability to perform various transactions and manage the value of the art. Aside from being able to secure the transactions, additional features such as smart contracts and blockchain security are also being added to the NFT ecosystem.

A built-in utility for the NFT ecosystem could also include various additional features that allow people to benefit from the ecosystem. These include the ability to attach an NFT to something as simple as a statue or a reward.

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Thoughts on the Future of NFTs

Explaining 401k Retirement Accounts

A 401k retirement savings plan is a type of workplace benefit that allows employees to contribute to their accounts. It provides them with a tax break on the money they save. The annual contribution limit for a standard 401k is $20,500 in 2022. For those over 50, the limit is $27,000.

The term “401k” comes from a section of the tax code that governs this type of plan. It allows employees to automatically deduct their contributions from their pay. Depending on the type of plan they have, the tax break can be used when they withdraw their money or when they contribute.

If you’re like most people, you probably dozed off during employee orientation, you might’ve missed some of the best features of these plans. However, there’s a lot more to this type of benefit than you might assume.

Where You Get a 401k

401ks are available through employers. Unfortunately, not every company offers a 401k. If you’re one of those people, you might want to consider getting an individual retirement account (IRA) instead. This type of plan provides the same tax benefits as a 401k. An IRA is a type of retirement account that typically has lower fees and a wider selection of investments. However, it also comes with a few drawbacks, so do your research.

Why It’s Worth It

Most companies offer to match a portion of an employee’s contribution. This is typically a dollar-for-dollar match, which means that if you contribute a certain amount, your company will give you a portion of that money. How much they will contribute varies drastically depending on your employer and how much you make, but it’s generally a certain percentage of your annual salary. If you don’t contribute enough, you won’t maximize the benefits. Plan to at least invest enough in your 401k each year to maximize your employer’s matching contribution.

There are two main types of 401k retirement accounts: the traditional and the Roth. The former provides an upfront tax break, while the latter allows employees to make contributions with after-tax dollars. Although the Roth doesn’t provide the same tax break as a traditional account, it does come with a payoff.

Roth vs. Traditional Accounts

Before taxes are taken out of your paycheck, contributions to a traditional 401k account are taken out of your paycheck, which allows you to save a little more money. For instance, if you’re contributing $200 a month to a traditional 401k, you’ll save $200 after taxes are taken out. Aside from boosting your savings, pretax contributions to a 401k can also lower your income taxes. For instance, if you make $65,000 a year and contribute $19,500 to your 401k, you’ll only pay taxes on $45,500 of your income. The tax advantages of a 401k account are built into its structure, which means that no taxes are paid on the money that’s in it. This means that even if the investment grows, you won’t pay taxes on it.

Unfortunately, the tax advantages of a traditional 401k account won’t last forever. Eventually, the IRS will take a cut of the money that you’ve contributed. This means that even though you’re contributing to the account, you’ll still have to start paying taxes on it when you start making withdrawals.

A Roth 401k eliminates this issue completely. Unlike a traditional 401k, a Roth account doesn’t have to pay taxes on the money that you put into it. This means that you don’t have to worry about paying taxes on the money that you withdraw.

401ks Are Transferable

If you’re leaving your job, make sure you take your 401k with you! It’s often a great idea to convert it to an individual retirement account (IRA). This will allow you to keep the money in the account and avoid having to move it to a new account. However, rolling it over into a new 401k through your new job is also an option! Just keep in mind that many companies’ contributions won’t carry over if you only worked there for a short time.

 

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Explaining 401k Retirement Accounts

Finance Tips for Young Professionals

Many young professionals face various financial challenges, such as managing debt and saving for the future. It can be overwhelming to think about what steps are needed to achieve financial stability. With the recent volatility in the stock market, now is a great opportunity to review your finances and develop a plan.

Craft a Thoughtful Budget

Before you can start making financial decisions, it’s important that you have a budget that takes into account all of your financial factors. This will help you make informed decisions when it comes to paying off debt and saving for the future. Prioritizing essential expenses over discretionary ones is very important when it comes to managing your finances. Essential expenses are the ones that are necessary to maintain a certain level of stability, such as bills and housing payments. On the other hand, discretionary expenses are less pressing–things like new appliances or fun outings.

To create a budget, consider taking your monthly income and dividing it into three categories: living expenses, loans, and debt payments. Then, subtract these items from your total monthly budget to avoid late fees and other expenses. After you have created a budget, it’s important that you prioritize how you spend any extra money.

Build Credit

You should regularly check your credit score to make sure that it is in good shape. Having a good score can help you get approved for credit cards and lower interest rates on loans. It can also help you negotiate better terms with lenders. You can also improve your credit score by taking simple steps such as paying off your bills on time and keeping low or zero balances. When shopping for a new credit card, choose one that has a great rewards program.

Add to a 401k

One of the most important factors that you should consider when it comes to saving for retirement is a tax-advantaged account such as a 401k or a 403(B). Many young professionals don’t realize how important it is to save for retirement. Since it’s tax-free, contributing to a 401k can also help lower your taxable income. It can also help you grow and earn more interest on the money that you’re investing. To help boost your retirement savings, it’s important to regularly contribute a portion of your monthly income to a 401k.

If your company provides a matching contribution to your 401k, you should start contributing up to that point so that you’re taking full advantage of the plan. However, this isn’t yours until you’re fully vested. For instance, if you leave the company after five years, your employer’s contribution may not carry over.

Make a Debt Payment Plan

Getting out of debt can be hard to manage, especially if it’s high-interest credit card debt. It’s important to prioritize paying it off as soon as possible. High-interest loans or credits cards should be prioritized first, as they will cost you more in the long run. Are you aware of the various student loan repayment options available? There are various ways to pay off your student loans, such as private consolidation or income-based repayment.

Regardless of what kind of debt you are dealing with, do the research and make a plan to pay it all off soon. Then, all the money you’re pouring into loan payments can be redirected to other uses!

 

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Finance Tips for Young Professionals

Financial Tips for Buying a Car

Buying a car can be expensive, and those on a limited budget want to make sure that they get a vehicle for a reasonable price. There are several ways for one to save money when shopping for a car.

 

Don’t Overlook Used Options:

Some will go shopping for a vehicle, and they will be determined to buy something brand new. However, there are often used cars on the lot available for a much lower price but are still recent models with very few miles on them. One should consider purchasing a vehicle that is even just a year or two old, knowing that they will get that for a great price and still get plenty of functional years.

 

Look for a Vehicle with a Warranty:

When someone purchases a new or a certified pre-owned vehicle, they will probably get some kind of a warranty with that vehicle. A warranty can help someone out if they have issues with their car shortly after purchasing it, and it can help a person look out for their future financial situation. Even if major repairs seem unlikely, the buyer will be grateful for the warranty if something unexpectedly breaks within the first few years.

 

Pay Attention to Loan Details:

One needs to think about the interest rate attached to each loan they are considering and figure out how much they will be spending on interest alone as they pay off that loan. The longer it takes one to pay off their loan, the more money they likely will spend on interest. Sometimes it’s beneficial to explore several different lenders to find the best rates.

 

Be Careful When Talking with Salesmen:

When someone visits a car lot, they should not let those working the lot think they are too desperate. Even if someone needs to buy a car right away, they should not share that information with the car sales associates, or they may get ripped off. If a salesperson makes it sound like they’re offering a great deal, do some research and compare it to similar cars at other dealers to ensure the price is actually reasonable.

 

Small Things to Consider When Looking to Save Money on a Vehicle:

One should always be prepared when going to shop for a vehicle, and they should be careful about how they interact with those working the lot that they visit. When one is cautious and puts a lot of thought into their vehicle purchase, they can feel good about their financial situation. It’s helpful to bring a list of desired features and the desired price range to stay on track.

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Financial Tips for Buying a Car

Is Bitcoin Crashing?

Bitcoin has soared high in value and popularity, but this astonishing rise has also proven a double-edged sword. Its high potential value has created equal confidence in increased volatility. This makes it an excellent trading currency and a valuable currency for purchase but also causes wild fluctuations in price.

 

Recently, Bitcoin prices have faced significant dips; this led to panic among early investors and the general public. Even though it’s just about a week since the downward trend started, this has caused a lot of worries in the Bitcoin community. Some experts suggest that Bitcoin is in a bubble and could burst at any time; we will examine this possibility.

 

Bitcoin Bubble?

 

It’s been said that Bitcoin’s value depends on its use as an alternative currency, and it has been rising at an exponential rate for some time now. The value has recently started to stabilize, but there is still a lot of uncertainty in the market. Therefore, the recent drop in the price comes as a shock for some users.

 

The fact that there are very few vendors who accept Bitcoin as a form of payment hasn’t helped either. The only notable companies that accept this form of payment are WordPress and Reddit; it will take time before more companies start adopting it as a payment medium. Thus, the primary reason for Bitcoin’s existence is still vague at best.

 

If the use of Bitcoin isn’t drastically improved, there is a high possibility that it can collapse at any time. However, it is worth considering why Bitcoin seems to be headed for a massive change in value.

 

The actual cause of the drop in value was due to China’s announcement that they would not be interacting with the cryptocurrency market anymore (until further notice). This announcement made others unsure about the stability of their investments in cryptocurrencies; this led to a massive sell-off.

 

The signs of a recession are also looming large; this causes even more anxiety among investors. They panic and sell-off, which in turn causes a drop in the value of Bitcoin. This spiral can lead to a complete collapse of the cryptocurrency.

 

Solution for Bitcoin’s Flaws?

 

Some people think that Bitcoin is meant to collapse, but that is not the case. The drop in value has revealed some disturbing trends; these trends could be corrected with a few changes in how Bitcoin is utilized.

 

The biggest flaw with Bitcoin’s current model is that an actual commodity doesn’t back it. This means that its value depends solely on investors’ confidence; if people lose faith in Bitcoin, its price begins to drop.

 

As any real-world commodity does not back Bitcoin, there is a very high possibility that its value will drop at some point. Even though Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple have their problems to deal with, they have small markets; this makes it less volatile.

 

The decentralized nature of these currencies also means that any single entity can’t manipulate its value. This allows for the high circulation of these currencies, which in turn can lead to a higher price.

 

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Is Bitcoin Crashing?

2022 Stock Market Summary

As we round the end of the first quarter of the new year, we are already seeing the warning play out from many Wall Street firms that the market’s rally is over. While the economy still looks good, returns will moderate. After the initial boom from countries returning to more normal levels of operation in light of the weakening effects of the pandemic, lingering effects in areas like the supply chain and other world economic issues are causing new challenges.

Bloomberg News compiles and presents the key investment themes and forecasts from dozens of financial firms in its annual report on the state of the stock market.

 

Inflation Concerns

Inflation is frequently cited from the board room to the bar-room this year. It’s often paired with terms like “rising” or “higher.” Rising prices are definitely a primary concern for the stock market and the rest of the financial world this year. Firms are somewhat divided on how the current inflation crisis will play out, but everyone agrees predictions are uncertain and monetary policy mistakes are more likely to occur this year.

The expectation is that policy will raise rates and that yields will rise, resulting in negative returns for fixed-income investors.

According to Goldman Sachs, part of the reason why valuations are elevated is that they’re more than the historical norm. When everything looks expensive, the expected return is less than 10%.

 

China and Pandemic After-Effects

Calls seem to agree, however, that pandemic threats are lessening. At the same time, the continued slowing of China’s economy has people concerned about significant risks. The word “China” was more than twice as often used. Bejing domestic policies have been unpredictable, and continued concerns about tensions surrounding Taiwan have everyone on edge. While China isn’t yet an uninvestable asset, several firms argued that it could still be a good investment. 

Despite the media hype, digital assets were also not widely discussed. Cryptocurrency has a lot of potential, but it hasn’t yet been established as a reliable portfolio asset. ESG investing, however, seems to be a popular option. Specific strategies are hard to find, but it’s worth pursuing.

 

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

2022 Stock Market Summary

Altcoins to Watch in 2022

This year has had a rocky start for cryptocurrency investors. In November, many major cryptos hit new all-time highs, then suddenly fell by around 50%. Although altcoins are expected to surge this year, it’s essential to keep in mind that they may not replicate the massive gains of 2021. Due to the current economic climate, many investors are shying away from cryptos, which could take a long time to recover.

However, there remains strong potential and long-term gains for taking many promising altcoins. Here are just a few to watch.

 

1. Avalanche (AVAX)

In 2021, altcoins like Avalanche gained over 3,000%. Its fast processing speeds and low fees make it an attractive alternative to Ethereum.

According to DeFi Llama, 176 projects were running on Avalanche’s network at the time of writing, and it had a total value locked of $10 billion. It’s currently in fourth place.

 

2. Polygon (MATIC)

Instead of building a new blockchain, Polygon is an aggregation of layer 2s that make Ethereum faster and cheaper. Despite the upgrade to Ethereum’s network, which is expected to be completed in 2023, most developers still prefer to stay on the existing network instead of migrating to a new one. Some of Ethereum’s popular projects are already using Polygon.

Although Ethereum’s upgrade may not be completed in 2023, Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin still holds that layer 2s will be useful in the future.

 

3. Enjin (ENJ)

Enjin is a platform that lets people create and sell NFTs — an industry that has seen rapid growth. It has a robust community, a reputation, and several proven use cases. Enjin is a project that focuses on non-fungible tokens, more commonly known as NFTs. They are digital certificates stored on the blockchain and used to purchase digital items.

The biggest threat to Enjin is the sustainability of NFTs. Although it had some surprising sales in 2021, it is still expected to see solid use cases once the hype dies down.

 

4. Cardano (ADA)

Due to its slow-and-steady development, Cardano has become a controversial project. Its supporters are disappointed with its approach to development, as it only released its smart contract functionality in September 2021.

So, what’s the bottom line? Looking for the next big altcoin is attractive but often a high-risk venture, as it’s prone to fraud and poor thought-out projects. While some altcoins may offer promising returns, many will fail. Instead of searching for coins that will surge in the short term, try investing in solid cryptocurrencies that will help you build wealth over time.

All cryptocurrencies are subject to risk, and it is wise to only invest in a few at a time. It avoids getting caught up in the inevitable technical issues and regulations that could affect the industry.

This post was originally published on Etienne Kiss-Borlase’s Finance Blog. For more info about Etienne, please visit his homepage.

Altcoins to Watch in 2022

2022 Stock Market Summary

As we round the end of the first quarter of the new year, we are already seeing the warning play out from many Wall Street firms that the market’s rally is over. While the economy still looks good, returns will moderate. After the initial boom from countries returning to more normal levels of operation in light of the weakening effects of the pandemic, lingering effects in areas like the supply chain and other world economic issues are causing new challenges.

Bloomberg News compiles and presents the key investment themes and forecasts from dozens of financial firms in its annual report on the state of the stock market.

Inflation Concerns

Inflation is frequently cited from the board room to the bar-room this year. It’s often paired with terms like “rising” or “higher.” Rising prices are definitely a primary concern for the stock market and the rest of the financial world this year. Firms are somewhat divided on how the current inflation crisis will play out, but everyone agrees predictions are uncertain and monetary policy mistakes are more likely to occur this year.

The expectation is that policy will raise rates and that yields will rise, resulting in negative returns for fixed-income investors.

According to Goldman Sachs, part of the reason why valuations are elevated is that they’re more than the historical norm. When everything looks expensive, the expected return is less than 10%.

China and Pandemic After-Effects

Calls seem to agree, however, that pandemic threats are lessening. At the same time, the continued slowing of China’s economy has people concerned about significant risks. The word “China” was more than twice as often used. Bejing domestic policies have been unpredictable, and continued concerns about tensions surrounding Taiwan have everyone on edge. While China isn’t yet an uninvestable asset, several firms argued that it could still be a good investment.

Despite the media hype, digital assets were also not widely discussed. Cryptocurrency has a lot of potential, but it hasn’t yet been established as a reliable portfolio asset. ESG investing, however, seems to be a popular option. Specific strategies are hard to find, but it’s worth pursuing.

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Originally published on EtienneKiss-Borlase.net on March 2, 2022

2022 Stock Market Summary

Altcoins to Watch in 2022

This year has had a rocky start for cryptocurrency investors. In November, many major cryptos hit new all-time highs, then suddenly fell by around 50%. Although altcoins are expected to surge this year, it’s essential to keep in mind that they may not replicate the massive gains of 2021. Due to the current economic climate, many investors are shying away from cryptos, which could take a long time to recover.

However, there remains strong potential and long-term gains for taking many promising altcoins. Here are just a few to watch.

1. Avalanche (AVAX)

In 2021, altcoins like Avalanche gained over 3,000%. Its fast processing speeds and low fees make it an attractive alternative to Ethereum.

According to DeFi Llama, 176 projects were running on Avalanche’s network at the time of writing, and it had a total value locked of $10 billion. It’s currently in fourth place.

2. Polygon (MATIC)

Instead of building a new blockchain, Polygon is an aggregation of layer 2s that make Ethereum faster and cheaper. Despite the upgrade to Ethereum’s network, which is expected to be completed in 2023, most developers still prefer to stay on the existing network instead of migrating to a new one. Some of Ethereum’s popular projects are already using Polygon.

Although Ethereum’s upgrade may not be completed in 2023, Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin still holds that layer 2s will be useful in the future.

3. Enjin (ENJ)

Enjin is a platform that lets people create and sell NFTs — an industry that has seen rapid growth. It has a robust community, a reputation, and several proven use cases. Enjin is a project that focuses on non-fungible tokens, more commonly known as NFTs. They are digital certificates stored on the blockchain and used to purchase digital items.

The biggest threat to Enjin is the sustainability of NFTs. Although it had some surprising sales in 2021, it is still expected to see solid use cases once the hype dies down.

4. Cardano (ADA)

Due to its slow-and-steady development, Cardano has become a controversial project. Its supporters are disappointed with its approach to development, as it only released its smart contract functionality in September 2021.

So, what’s the bottom line? Looking for the next big altcoin is attractive but often a high-risk venture, as it’s prone to fraud and poor thought-out projects. While some altcoins may offer promising returns, many will fail. Instead of searching for coins that will surge in the short term, try investing in solid cryptocurrencies that will help you build wealth over time.

All cryptocurrencies are subject to risk, and it is wise to only invest in a few at a time. It avoids getting caught up in the inevitable technical issues and regulations that could affect the industry.

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Originally publishes on EtienneKiss-Borlase.net on March 2, 2022

Altcoins to Watch in 2022