Review: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf (With Video)

Review: 2015 Volkswagen e Golf (With Video)

Because I live in California, it seemed only fitting that my first taste of the new Golf arrived in electric form: the 2015 VW e-Golf. (Why e-Golf? Because “Golfe” just sounded silly.) The Golf isn’t just the first Volkswagen EV in the US, it’s also the first car built on the new MQB platform which promises reduced weight and lower development costs. While MQB isn’t a dedicated EV platform like Nissan’s LEAF, it was designed to support electrification from the start rather than being converted like the Fiat 500e. While that may sound like a quibble, the difference is noticeable as the e-Golf feels like a regular VW that happens to be electric. The e-Golf also demonstrates just how rapidly EVs have evolved since the LEAF launched in 2010.

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For Millennials goal is financial freedom

For Millennials goal is financial freedomA group of financial planners is beginning to cater to Millennials(Photo: Goodluz, Getty Images/iStockphoto)Rachel Lake had worked with financial planners before, but the relationship didn’t click until the Millennial began working with an adviser who focuses his message, and methods, on her generation.”It’s more like a partnership,” said Lake, 32, who is a home loan specialist liv…

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It’s never too late to save for retirement

It's never too late to save for retirementIt’s never too late to save for retirement no matter what your age(Photo: Thinkstock)Reaching your 50s or 60s with very little money set aside for retirement is unfortunate, but it’s not unusual.The average household headed by someone nearing retirement age has a median retirement account balance of only $14,500, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security. That includes the 45% of households in that age bracket with no retirement account assets at all. Among those in the 55-64 age bracket with retirement accounts, the median balance was $104,000 as of 2013, leaving millions far short of where they want to be.And even if you contribute large amounts now as an older adult, it’s hard to make up for decades of lost time, when smaller contributions could have been adding up through the magic of compounding, says Chris Chen of Insight Financial Strategists in Waltham, Massachusetts. But, he says, “Even if someone is late, it still needs to be done.”"It is never too late to save for retirement,” agrees Dana Twight of Twight Financial Education in Seattle, Washington. “But if you leave it to the last minute … you must accept that drastic measures will be needed.”Though you may not be able to afford the retirement you always pictured, you can get closer to it if you start planning now.

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