While it currently only applies to one company, the IRS has opened the door for companies to being offering an employee benefit whereby workers have an opportunity to both pay down student loan debt and save for retirement with the same dollars.
Focusing on debt payoff can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Debt payoff strategies abound on the internet, and many mainstream financial gurus have built an empire on the common-sense approach to focus your financial efforts first on paying off your debt. The math, however, doesn’t work out in their favor.
The Stock Brokerage and Insurance Industries are fighting hard against the Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule, which would require their advisers to put their client's interests first and disclose conflicts of interest. The industries got the 5th Circuit Court to agree that, unlike Registered Investment Advisers, stock brokers and insurnce agent are just salespeople
The DOL Fiduciary rule is now in force, but there is a loophole for commissioned advisers which can allow them to maintain their current compensation model. Make sure you understand the Best Interest Contract Exemption and the implications it has on potential conflicts of interest which could influence the investment advice you recieve.
Historically, there was a "three-legged stool" of retirement which provided Americans with a comfortable and safe retirement. The stool, however, has been eroded away, leaving many without sufficient income in retirement. Making small changes now can net a massive improvement in your lifestyle in retirement, and may provide you with the option to retire earlier or wealthier.