Starting a Family
contemporary family

A Financial Primer for the Contemporary American Household

In the melting pot that is today’s America, would you believe that “traditional” husband-and-wife family households are now in the minority,...

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Credit Repair
cut your debt

10 Ways to Cut Your Debt Now

For many, the decision to get out of debt is preceded by weeks, months or possibly years of worry about these obligations. But it’s important...

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Saving on Taxes
Fiscal Cliff

Paragliding Off the Fiscal Cliff

Well the fiscal cliff, much like the Mayan calendar, and much like Y2K, was just another non-event. A lot of buzz with even a lot more fizzle....

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Starting a New Job
open enrollment

As Open Enrollment Approaches, Do a Benefit Checkup

With the pressures we face on the job, very few of us think about reviewing every benefit we get from our employers – unless something goes...

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Investment
college grads

Personal Finance 101 for Recent College Grads

Now that you have earned a college diploma, it’s time for a crash course in personal finances. This course isn’t theoretical like a lot of...

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Saving on Taxes
Tax Refund

4 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Visions of excess dance in your head as you await the arrival of a tax refund check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is “found...

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College
college children

Money Matters for College Bound Children

How can you prepare and guide your children with their money management responsibilities before they leave for college and pursue their...

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Divorce
Divorce Planning

Creating an After-Divorce Action Plan

The number of individuals getting late in life divorces has quietly increased over the last several years. The U.S. now has the highest...

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Savings
SavingPart3

What Should I Be Saving: Part 3

This blog will continue the theme of how much you should be saving each year in order to meet the future goals that you have for yourself and...

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Investment
Im Thankful

Top 10 Reasons I'm Thankful

I’m thankful that I’m not a turkey!I’m thankful that I have the gift of sight so that I can see the changing of the leaves and my little girls...

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saving
Financial Millennials

Ten Wise Financial Planning Moves for Millennials

As busy as they are building careers, starting families and carving out a niche in the world, the importance of financial planning early in...

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Investment
Like a Billionaire

How to Give Like a Billionaire

Legendary investor Warren Buffet and billionaire entrepreneur Bill Gates created the “Giving Pledge” in 2010.  The Pledge was a way to...

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retirement
Retirement Deficit

Financial Strategies for a Retirement Savings Deficit

As diverse as the American population is, the vast majority of us, regardless of age or background, are united in our concern about saving...

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Investment
annuity investments

Should I Replace My Annuity

When an insurance agent or broker recommends an annuity replacement, it may actually be a good idea for you and your family — or it may just be...

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Savings
First Budget

Creating Your First Budget

Budgeting is one of the first great lessons of personal finance, yet relatively few people are taught the basics of creating one. Or if they’re...

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Bankruptcy
credit resolutions

Put Your Credit Resolutions in Motion

One way to cut the sting of heavy credit card bills is to set a new agenda when it comes to credit. Consider the following ideas:Set Dates for...

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Savings
Take Charge of Your Financial Literacy

Take Charge of Your Financial Literacy

As you may have seen on this or other sites, April is Financial Literacy month. While some people go back and forth as to whether or not...

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Credit Repair
404

Your Credit Score: Knowing Whats Behind the Number

Your credit score is one of the most important numbers in life. It ranks right up there with your Social Security number – except this one can...

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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
stock and rental property

How Owning Rental Properties and Stocks Can Be Similar

In today’s turbulent market, why not rent out your portfolio — yes, rent out your portfolio! Okay, maybe that’s not entirely possible.However,...

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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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Investment
choice overload

Choice Overload and Analysis Paralysis

Do you like having a lot of options to choose from on a restaurant menu? Or, do too many choices make it harder to make your decision? If you...

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Investment
behavioral biases

Know Your Enemy Cognitive Behavioral Biases

You can be your own worst enemy if you do not have the proper perspective on your investment portfolio. Human nature can be contrary to...

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Losing a Loved One
Financially After a Death

What To Do Financially After a Death

Make a list of financial issues that will need to be addressed in the coming weeks and months, and focus on those actions that you must take...

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Investment
Holiday Spending

Consider This Before Holiday Spending

“We have been persuaded to……Spend money we don’t haveOn things we don’t needTo create i...

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Buying a Home
House Money

The Best House for your Money

When you buy a home, it's important to consider its resale potential, even if you have no foreseeable plans to move. Here are some tips:A...

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saving on taxes
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
retirement income

Retirement Income Tax Strategies

There are many factors to creating a stable, secure, and sustainable1 retirement income plan. One of the more important factors in retirement...

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Divorce
Marital Home

Should You Keep the Marital Home - Divorce Settlement

A home is typically the toughest asset to divide when it comes to divorce. There are memories, dreams, and a sense of familiarity tied to it,...

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Investment
Reflections Priorities

Reflections on Priorities – Get Ready for the Holidays Now

On September 11th of this year, I experienced several unconnected situations that required me to check in on my priorities and how they gel...

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