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How To Tell If You Are Getting Advice Or A Sales Pitch

I recently spoke with a friend who has been talking to advisors about retirement planning. Since I am always curious about the client-advisor experience, I asked her what she was told. After hearing her, I told her that she was not getting advice. She was getting a sales pitch.  Read more

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Stop Going Through the Motions of Filing a Tax Return

Spring is a busy time of year here at Financial Finesse. While we are always busy providing financial guidance with passion and objectivity, the tax season and the April 15th deadline provide an extra sense of urgency for many callers reaching out to us on the Financial Helpline. Many of the income tax specific calls we receive can be characterized as information seeking and tend to be reactive discussions. When you think about the tax filing burdens created by a complicated tax code, the IRS can strike fear into hard working taxpayers to try and get things right.  Read more

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It’s All About Perspective

Perspective can sometimes be situational. Our perspective today can be very different than it was a decade ago. I have a friend struggling with her birthday right now. She is about to turn an age that ends with a 0.  Read more

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the New Student Loan Forgiveness Program

I recently received a panicked call from a friend of mine who had just graduated from graduate school with $120k of student loan debt. Since she had trouble making the payments, she signed up with the new “Pay As You Earn” student loan forgiveness program. Then she got an ugly surprise… Read more

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How a Journal Gave Me a New Perspective on Money

A few months ago, I started to keep a journal so that I could capture my thoughts about life and record them for the benefit of my children. I figure I work all day long and don’t really have much time to teach them some of the important lessons that I’ve learned along the way. My hope is that one day they will pick up my journal and hear my voice as I speak to them about what is really important. In the same way, there are some things that are just more important than others when it comes to our finances. Here’s how journaling has helped me deal with this concern: Read more

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Only You Can Prevent Financial Fires

Not to date myself, but I used to love the Smokey the Bear commercials about how, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.” Well, when it comes to financial fires, the same rule applies. Although everything around you seems like it is out of your control, there are things within your control that you can do. Read more

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Don’t Turn Divorce Into A Costly Donation

When marital relationships come to a messy end, it can be difficult for the couple to find anything to agree on. One thing that men and women going through divorce generally do agree on is that arguing about money is a top predictor of divorce. Research suggests that arguments about money early during a relationship increase the likelihood of divorce. Many individuals who have gone through a divorce can attest to the fact that money quarrels don’t always end after the divorce proceedings have ended. In today’s blog post, my colleague Paul Wannemacher explores the financial impact of this emotional life transition. Read more

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Finding Balance

I met with a young woman recently who had a few options in front of her and we talked through the choices in front of her.She had just graduated from business school and accepted an offer with her current employer. She is in a two year long leadership development program, and during that program, the company is paying for her living expenses. They do that so that she could maintain her home back in her hometown since that’s where she will eventually live again. This woman had just gotten married and her husband moved to the new city with her and he will look for a job there since he just finished school as well.  Read more

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How to Maximize Your Satisfaction

How do you make decisions? According to this article, there are two basic approaches. Some people are “satisfiers,” which means that when they see a choice that satisfies them, they take it. Other people are “maximizers,” meaning they want to see and study all the choices to pick the best possible option. Maximizers do tend to make “better” choices (for example, they make more money on average) but they also aren’t as happy with those choices (including with those higher-paying jobs). That’s because maximizers are always wondering if there’s a better choice they could have made. Read more

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We’re Not Talking About What’s Right. We’re Talking About The Law

One of my favorite TV shows of the 80’s was “WKRP in Cincinnati.” If you’re my age, you probably remember Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap and of course Jennifer and the infamous Turkey Drop: http://youtu.be/lf3mgmEdfwg. As much as I loved that episode, my favorite quote came from another episode where Mr. Carlson is talking to the station’s attorney about a legal issue. When Mr. Carlson is talking about a situation that is morally wrong, he says, “That’s not right,” and the attorney responds, “Arthur, we’re not talking about what’s right. We’re talking about the law.” Read more

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