Credit Repair
double edged sword

Debt the Double-Edged Sword

The debt amount a person or entity owes to a creditor for funds borrowed is a four letter word capable of conjuring cold sweats in many...

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Starting a New Job
small business funding

Funding Considerations for those Starting a Small Business

The bankers are saying “We’re lending!” but the small business owners are saying “No, they aren’t.” There clearly is a disconnection. Here are...

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Investment
Stress Test

Stress Test Your Financial Health

Take this financial checkup, and in ten easy questions, you will know which essential aspects of your financial plan are healthy and what needs...

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Tax Tips Business

Year-Round Tax Tips for Business Owners

Business owners are constantly seeking ways to strengthen their financial bottom line, to gain that little extra competitive edge. The tax code...

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Savings
money resolutions

The Promise and Peril of New Year Money Resolutions

As is customary this time of year, we begin to reflect on the year that is ending as well as the approaching year. This process can create a...

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Insurance
Open Enrollment

October Means Open Enrollment

Put on the coffee and roll up your sleeves! Deciding on employer benefit choices can be a daunting task, especially when the plans change from...

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Divorce
dividing a nest egg

Dividing the Nest Egg in Divorce

Nothing is more heart-wrenching than to realize that your savings for retirement and your golden years will be fractured because of divorce....

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Retirement
Reality Retirement

The New Reality of Retirement

“Retirement” is different now than it was for previous generations. Retirees used to be able to count on a solid pension, full healthcare...

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Investment
under 40 worker

Avoid Retirement Fail Strategies for the Under 40 Worker

It’s tough being a younger worker in this economy. Whether you are facing an entry level salary in your first job out of college or are a...

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Investment
location

Location, location, location

You have probably heard the old real estate adage – location, location, location – meaning the location of your house has a great impact on...

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What is Fair

Tax Reform – What is Fair?

Unless you have been on another planet for the past several months, and or years, you know that we are facing difficult financial times. Our...

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Investment
Forward thinking

Forward Thinking

A few years ago I helped conduct a focus group. One of the conclusions was that those focus group members who had a longer term perspective...

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Credit Repair
indebted

Indebted Now What

It is hard to read a newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch TV these days without hearing about the level of government (state and federal)...

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College
FAFSA

Applying for Financial Aid - A Quick FAFSA Primer

Financial aid is a broad term that covers financial help through the college your child attends. Financial aid includes merit and needs-based...

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Starting a New Job
Planning Tips

Mind Your Own Business Planning Tips for a Smooth Start-Up

It started with a great idea: a product or service on which you’re convinced a successful entrepreneurial venture can be built. Now comes the...

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Saving on Taxes
Filing Status

I am Married - What is My Filing Status

It is tax time and a frequent question I get is – Can I file married but separately for tax purposes?The easy answer is yes, but as always...

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Divorce
divorce settlement

Financial Planning Matters for Tackling a Divorce Settlement

Even though divorce is frequently a financially uncertain and emotionally-draining ordeal, you can alleviate qualms over your individual and...

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Retirement
Bounce Check

Im Planning to Bounce My Last Check

Some people are interested in leaving a financial legacy for their families and some people want to spend every penny they have accumulated....

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Saving on Taxes
Your Tax Return

Who's Preparing Your Tax Return?

For many of you, your answer will be “I prepare my own return.” If your return is a simple one because all you have is a W-2 form for your...

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Savings
grocery store

Surviving the Grocery Store Maze

For many people, the grocery bill is one of the largest flexible budget items. Everyone needs food and water to survive, but after meeting this...

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Investment
Valentines day

This Valentine's Day Get Rid of Loser Money Habits

Last year’s Valentine’s Day blog was about how to not break the ba...

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Saving on Taxes
Family Taxation

Family Taxation

Most of what we, as taxpayers, understand about taxation comes from our focus on taxes and how they affect us either individually or as a...

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Investment
Retirement Math

Retirement Math - How $200 May Be Translated to $66391

Last Updated: February 28, 2011 For those thinking about retirement, choosing when to retire must be balanced with making sure you are able to...

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Investment
learn with caution

Listen Learn But With Caution

We have never in our lifetimes had more financial information at our fingertips than we do today. Financial advice is dished out in 60 second...

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Savings
Party on a Budget

How to Throw a Fabulous Holiday Party on a Budget

I love to entertain, especially during the holidays while my Christmas tree is up and the house is warm and inviting. However, hosting parties...

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Investment
Financial Planning Checklist

Checklist for Year-End Planning

I recently attended a large public seminar that focused on educating consumers about the value of financial planning. The headliner of the...

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Saving on Taxes
Common Tax Filing Mistakes

Avoid Common Tax Filing Mistakes

As with time-honored tax-saving strategies, there are common tax-filing mistakes that seem to snag taxpayers year in and year out, regardless...

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Caring for a Loved One
Disability Insurance

Disability Income Insurance Checklist

When asked the question “what is your biggest asset”, most people will say “my house” or “my retirement plan.” But the truth is that our...

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Investment
buying cars

How to be Smarter About Buying Cars

Much of the personal finance industry is focused on investing, but it’s also important to know how to be a better saver and spender. For many...

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Buying a Home
moving houses

Should You Move When You Retire

After putting down roots during their working years, it’s no surprise that most people choose to stay put when they retire. According to a...

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