Lauren, Andrew and their staff are often called upon to provide their insight and perspective as part of a larger article reported in the financial or local press.
Boomers: Don't fear disappearing Social Security
As more and more Baby Boomers join the ranks of retirees, they face crucial decisions on when to take their Social Security benefit. In this article in Financial Planning Magazine, Lauren cautions against letting irrational fears rule this process, since delaying benefits can result in bigger payoffs in the long run.
Will Social Security be there for Millennials?
Do Millennials have good reason to worry that Social Security won't be around to help them survive their golden years? What kind of systemic changes can they expect? Lauren gives her opinion about how those in their twenties and thirties can prepare now in this Financial Planning article.
Making multi-generational households workA recent NY Times article highlighted the fact that the number of multi-generational households in the U.S. continues to grow, despite the improving economy. What are the pros and cons of this type of living arrangement? See how Lauren answered some of their questions about this complicated and emotionally-charged family financial issue.
Best tips for lending to your millennial kidsAre you the parent of a millennial? Are you thinking about giving them a financial leg up in the form of a home loan? Before you move ahead, you should take a look at this AARP Family & Friends article., Lauren outlines some sensible guidelines to employ when making a parental loan.
Why an emergency fund is so important
A recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts confirms that the lack of a fully-funded emergency account can reek havoc on family finances. Lauren recently spoke with NY Times reporter Ann Carrns about this important topic, and suggested some practical ways to create and jump start a viable emergency fund
Recognizing financial red flags for dementia
In this Financial Planning Magazine article , Lauren talks about some of the common warning signs of early-stage dementia that may show up in a person's handling of his or her financial affairs. Understanding the person's pre-illness baseline behaviors around money issues is crucial in evaluating changes that may occur later.
Housing decisions are critical in retirement
As clients age, where and how they choose to live can have a profound impact on their physical and mental well-being. But housing decisions are a critical part of a retirement financial plan as well. Liz Skinner profiles Lauren and others on this subject in Investment News.