Save for Retirement, or Pay for College?

If you just landed a raise or received an inheritance, saving that extra income is a great idea. But do you put the money toward paying for your child’s education or paying for your retirement? Here are few considerations from each perspective to help you decide. Why to Prioritize Retirement Savings During your golden years, you […]


5 Ways To Get Your Retirement Nest Egg Back On Track

The Great Recession was hard on many Americans’ portfolios. For Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers the blow to account balances was particularly painful, keeping many in jobs longer than expected. Don’t fret if retirement is on the horizon but you’re still playing catch-up with your accounts. The following moves can help get your retirement savings plan […]


3 Simple Steps to Maximize Your 401(k)

If you’ve just landed your first “real job” after graduation, or you’re still fresh in your career, retirement might be the last thing on your mind. Whether or not you want to think about it, getting hired often comes with a golden opportunity to get on track for retirement. If your job comes with the […]


What to Do in Retirement – Tips to Reduce Retirement Stress

Retirement isn’t akin to parking gently and hanging up the keys. Instead, as we are living longer and spend more time retired, the period lets us move to the left lane and proudly rev the engine. Yet, retirement remains a significant source of tension for older people. Let’s do our part to reduce that a […]


A Millennial’s Guide to Retirement Planning

Building a strong and secure retirement plan is a necessity shared by all generations. Just like each generation that came before, millennials face a unique set of challenges (and advantages!) when planning for retirement. In 2008, this generation witnessed a devastating recession hit right in the middle of their coming-of-age years. Unemployment rates shot up, […]


Some Estate Planning Basics

Estate planning isn't the cheeriest subject, so it's no surprise that many Americans don’t even have a will. People may be focused on short-term savings, believe it’s too expensive to hire an attorney, or simply don’t understand the importance of estate planning. Although Ally Bank doesn't offer services specifically designed for estate planning, part of […]


5 Good Reasons to Update Your Will

Although Ally Bank doesn't provide estate planning services or legal advice of any kind, we are dedicated to providing information that helps you make good financial decisions. And when it comes to protecting your financial legacy, it's hard to over-emphasize the importance of having a will. Once you've established a will, what events mean an […]


Volunteering: Can You Do Well on Your Taxes by Doing Good?

Please note: Ally Bank does not provide tax advice and offers this information only as a consumer service. Consult the IRS or a professional tax advisor if you have questions about charitable giving deductions. Most everyone knows that the checks you write to qualified charities can qualify as tax deductions. But fewer people probably are […]


Estate Planning, Part 1: Getting Started

Most experts will tell you that good planning is key to sound financial health, and part of that process is estate planning—or planning for what will happen to your financial assets after you're gone. Although Ally Bank doesn't offer services specifically designed for estate planning, part of our mission is to provide you with information […]


Estate Planning, Part 3: Create an Estate-Planning Checklist

Providing an estate-planning checklist is part of our four-part estate-planning series, and although Ally Bank doesn't offer services in this area, we're always on the lookout for ways we can help customers make informed financial decisions.An estate-planning checklist should include: A will. This document describes how you want your assets to be distributed, and any […]

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