Here's How the 401(k) Fiduciary Dispels the "This is Retirement?" Conora-Quarantine Fear

What’s it like to not have to commute? What’s it like to sleep in a little later than normal? What’s it like to live a more relaxed, less hectic life?

what to consider if your company offers you an early-retirement package

As companies across the economy look to trim costs amid the coronavirus crisis, some big employers like Boeing are offering voluntary buyouts and early-retirement packages.

Hit By the Virus and Weighing a raid on your 401(k)? Beware

Many Americans are struggling financially due to the coronavirus.

Here's What You Should Do With Your Coronavirus Rescue Check

As part of a $2 trillion stimulus deal, the government will likely issue payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples.

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance to a 15-year mortgage?

With interest rates at historic lows, homeowners in good financial shape have a chance to refinance their mortgages and get a better deal.

What's a bear market and why are stocks about to enter one?

The record-long bull market, which for 11 years has dodged existential threats from trade wars to real wars, is now confronting a risk that it might not be able to overcome: the coronavirus.

Common Credit Card Fees and How to Avoid them

Americans love their credit cards, but they don’t like the fees attached to those credit cards.

With stock markets tumbling, residents increasingly worried over 401(k) and retirement plans

As fears over the coronavirus persist and governments enact new regulations to prevent the spread of the disease, the stock market is becoming more volatile.

Taking Out a Personal Loan? Some Mistakes to Avoid

A personal loan can be a great way to obtain funds as long as you know the potential pitfalls.

Eager to Retire? Hang On

Waiting a year or two might make more sense. 

More Than One Child? Does Each Need a Separate 529 Plan?

529 plans can help you plan for college – but do you need more than one?

Buy Long-Term Care Insurance at the Right Age to Get the Best Value

Balance benefits, risks and costs, then decide.

Coronavirus: How to Deal With Credit Missteps

Delinquencies, charge-offs and more might be looming on the horizon. Here’s how to prepare for common credit card mistakes in the wake of a crisis.

Cash vs. Credit vs Debit: Here’s When to Use Each Payment Method

If you want to earn rewards or boost your score, credit cards are the way to go. But what about cash or debit? There’s a time and place for every payment method.

What Is a Good APR for a Credit Card?

With new card offers’ interest rates near an all-time high, you may still be able to find offers that shave a few percentage points.

Survey: Why 'Setting and Forgetting" is Hurting Americans' Retirement

Strike a balance between checking too often and never at all.

Michael Foguth in How To Shave Hundreds Off Your Credit Card Balance Before the End of the Year

The absolute first thing you need to do is take a look at the number you need to pay off and break it down,” said Michael Foguth

What's the Difference Between a Loan Cosigner and a Guarantor?

Some financial terms are so similar that they end up being used interchangeably. But that doesn’t mean they’re the exact same thing.

Livingston County’s Own Financial Pro Says: Think Long and Hard Before Using a Promotional APR

Zero-percent interest offers for credit cards are so common now that I usually just delete or toss them. Surely, another one is right around the corner, should I desire it, since my credit is solid.

The Pros and Cons of CD Investing

Certificates of deposit may seem boring and predictable. 

Coroanvirus and Your Social Security Benefits: Here's How They Will Be Affected

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives and dealt a major financial blow to millions.

Avoid Going Overboard on Cash Withdrawals During Coronavirus Crisis

How to Save Money: 10 Easy Tips

Saving money doesn’t have to be so hard. It just takes practice.

How To Switch Banks in 6 Simple Steps

Like karaoke night at your favorite bar, banking fees have a way of making even longtime customers head for the exits.

How to tap your 529 plan to pay for college tuition

The 529 college savings plan is one of the best ways to set aside money for your children’s college education. The plan offers a host of features that make it an attractive option for savers, including sizable tax breaks and deductions just for doing something that’s already valuable for a future college student.

How to save $1,776 over the next year

As Baby Boomers approach retirement, they may encounter a lot of so-called “expert” advice telling them how to invest just before or during their golden years. While some of this guidance is sound, other tips are myths that may, in fact, steer investors in the wrong direction.

A UAW-GM deal could bring big bonus, raise. Here’s what to do with the money

After the long, contentious five-week walkout at General Motors, UAW members will no doubt have to pay off the bills that have been building since the strike began Sept. 16.

Detroit Free Press Quotes Michael Foguth from Brighton

The 529 college savings plan is one of the best ways to set aside money for your children’s college education. The plan offers a host of features that make it an attractive option for savers, including sizable tax breaks and deductions just for doing something that’s already valuable for a future college student….

Michael Foguth Talks with Detroit Free Press

General Motors salaried workers heard the news of voluntary buyouts in an email on Halloween morning. And many didn’t wait long to track down what they needed to do….”

How to Negotiate Rent With Your Landlord If You Can't Pay Due to Coronavirus

These steps improve your chances of getting a temporary break from your lease.

13 Quick Ways to Save Money If Lost Your Job Due to COVID-19

In a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, the normal rules of life go out the window.

5 Ways To Build Credit Or Boost Your Credit Score Without A Credit Card Or Debt

Whether you’re completely new to using credit or simply doing your best to avoid debt, you might find there’s one annoying side effect: You don’t have a good credit score. Maybe you don’t have a score at all.

Best Ways to Quickly Transfer Money

With some apps, your cash is there in minutes instead of days.

Is a Co-Branded Credit Card Right for You?

Co-branded cards can reward your brand loyalty but may not always be the best choice.

Best IRA Account Providers

You don’t need a lot of money to open a tax-advantaged IRA account with these companies.

What Happens if You Don’t Pay Your Taxes?

Tax season will be here before you know it, and you may be wondering what could happen if you don’t file your 2019 returns by the April 15, 2020 deadline.

Michael Foguth featured on U.S. News and World Report and Yahoo Finance about using credit cards to stay on budget

Using one credit card for all your purchases can make it easier to keep track of how your spending compares with your budgeted amounts. This allows big-picture thinkers to make adjustments.

U.S. News and World Report speaks with Brighton’s Michael Foguth about Scams

Brighton’s Michael Foguth was featured in a recent article on U.S. News and World Report. Click here to read the article on U.S. News and World Report, or you can read the article below. 6 Scams That Target Your Bank Account Learn how to spot and sidestep online lending, check over payment and other forms…

Brighton Financial Expert featured in US News Property Investing Report

Additional Article Excerpt: Consider employment trends and growth demographics when deciding whether an area is a good fit. Most real estate investors start by investing in local property, but what if buildings in the area are overvalued, or if there are good deals in another city or state? Investing outside your local area takes a different mindset than buying property in your hometown. Here are some tips to help.

12 Credit Card Rules You Should Never Break Featuring Insights by Michael Foguth

“I’m not a fan of department store credit cards for two reasons,” says Michael Foguth, founder of Foguth Financial Group in Brighton, Michigan. “For one thing, the revolving interest rate is typically highest on those department store cards.

Brighton Personal Finance Expert on 13 Silly Wastes of Money You Don’t Even Think About

Bring your lunch to work. Skip the daily latte. You know how to cut costs on a daily basis, or during particularly money-crunched times.

Will 'Staying Safe at Home' Boredom Cause You to Avoid Retirement?

The dramatic precipitous fall in the markets have shocked many.

Will Coronavirus Quarantine Convince You to Retire Early?

We’re all getting a taste of retirement – even if we don’t know it.

Baby Boomers: Don’t Buy Into These 10 Pre-Retirement Investment Myths

Being an American means more than hosting backyard barbecues, enjoying a slice of apple pie and chugging a beverage at a baseball game. We value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Though our ancestors come from different lands, many of us strive for the same thing: a home, a couple of kids running around and of course, a dog.

Brighton's Local Personal Finance Expert Quoted by Forbes

Michael Foguth was quoted in this recent the personal finance article by Forbes. 5 Things To Do On Personal Inventory Days by: Janet Berry-Johnson Excerpt: On a recent episode of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Sabrina Hersi Issa, CEO of Be Bold Media and Venture Partner at Jump Canon, shared her method for taking stock …

Money Goals! Michael Foguth, Brighton Personal Finance Expert, Comments on the Zero-Dollar Days Method

From expenses tracking and receipt saving to micro-budgeting and major cost-cutting, saving money for the long term can quickly become a tedious process.

Brighton Retirement Advisor Quoted in Time Magazine

Foguth Financial Group President Michael Foguth contributed to a Time article that spoke to hidden retirement assets. Retirees’ Biggest Asset May Be Hiding in Plain Sight By: Dan Kadlec As Quoted by Time: “Michael Foguth, a planner in Howell, Mich., says the loan balance still grows at a compound rate–interest on interest. “I continue to…

Michael Foguth Featured on NBC News online

Rising interest rates irked President Trump into calling the Fed ‘loco,” but they’re good news for savers. Here’s how to find the best interest rate for your bank accounts.Though 63% of Americans don’t have enough in savings to deal with a $500 emergency, those that do should make sure it’s getting the most return.

How to save big bucks on school supplies

According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in kindergarten through 12th grade plan to spend an average of $697 this year. Clothing and accessories take the biggest cut, closely followed by electronics.

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