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Lessons From A Move

One of our financial planners, Daphne Winston, moved recently. She and I were on the phone as she was flying to her settlement and then we talked again shortly after. A few days went by without us touching base so I sent her a message asking how the move was going and she said that she was NEVER going to move again!  I asked her to put her thoughts into words for the blog and here’s what she sent to me: Read more

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All You Need To Know About Investing In 3 Simple Steps

Whenever I talk to people about investing, I find that most people fall into one of two groups. One group feels that investing is too complicated for them so they want to hire a professional to manage their money for them. The other group is make up of active investors who try to time the market with statements like “I think the market is too high to get in right now” or “I’m going to wait for prices to come down before I buy” and/or pick stocks or actively managed funds that they think will outperform the market. The problem is that there’s no evidence that market timing or even actively picking stocks really works (unless monkeys or cats are doing the picking). If the vast majority of professional money managers continue to underperform the market with these methods, do you really think you can in your spare time? Read more

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Why Your Advisor May Want You to Take Social Security Early

Earlier this year, I took a call from Carl who is getting ready to retire within the next few years. His advisor was suggesting that upon retirement, Carl rollover his 401(k) to an IRA and start collecting his Social Security benefit at age 62. Carl wasn’t so sure so he wanted a second opinion. Carl and I talked for a while and determined that it might make more sense for him to draw down his retirement account and allow his Social Security benefit to collect delayed creditsRead more

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Do You and Your Spouse Have Different Money Philosophies?

My husband and I facilitate a class for newly married couples. In light of today’s environment, I am finding that many of the “newlyweds” range from young couples in their 20′s to executive in their 40′s to grandparents in their 60′s. Surprisingly, the biggest conflict is the same with all the couples: different money philosophies.  Read more

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5 Things You Need To Know About Auto Insurance

If you own a vehicle, maintaining sufficient auto insurance coverage is a necessity. Unfortunately, this area of our financial lives can become easy to neglect over the years. This is why an annual review of our insurance policies should be part of the financial planning process and those auto insurance policies need more than just a passing glance. If for no other reason, a refresher on the basics of auto insurance can help save you money while providing reassurance that you are protected for those “life happens” moments that can occur while behind the wheel of an automobile. Here are 5 things to know about auto insurance: Read more

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“Worthless” Hunks of Junk

My daughter and I were talking about cars recently.She borrowed mine to “allow me” to drive hers for a few days to see if I could figure out what was the source of a noise coming from her car. After driving it for two days, I couldn’t figure out the noise but I was able to fill up her empty gas tank, check her fluids and inflate her tires.    Read more

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You Have Less Than a Week to Make These Tax Saving Moves

Have you filed your taxes yet? April 15th is largely known as tax day, the deadline for filing and paying our taxes for the previous year. But it’s also the deadline to make 2014 contributions to three types of accounts that can reduce your taxes now, later, or both: Read more

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Will You Be A “Boomerang Buyer”?

Since 2008, over 14 million homes have been lost to foreclosure. It may have been caused by a job loss, illness, or other heavy financial burden, but whatever the cause, losing a home can feel like a financial defeat….NOT SO! In 2014, roughly 10% of home purchases will be made by homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale between 2007 and 2013. These new homeowners, affectionately called “boomerang buyers,” did not give up on their desire to own a home and you shouldn’t either. Here are some steps you can take following a home loss to get back in a home of your own: Read more

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5 Tips For a Debt-Free Honeymoon

Spring is an awesome time of the year. You can finally climb out of the 5 layers of clothes you wore during the winter and actually see more than the eyes of the people around you. This is also prime wedding planning time. One of our resident financial planners, Kelley Long, recently got married and shared her story of how to make sure a honeymoon does not follow you two years later in credit card bills: Read more

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Are You Up To Our 30 Day Challenge?

Last Tuesday, President Obama proclaimed April 2015 as National Financial Capability Month and called “upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices.” The goal is to “take time to increase our knowledge of our finances and encourage our friends and family to do the same.” He then pointed out the free financial resources available at MyMoney.gov, ConsumerFinance.gov, and 1-800-FED-INFO.  Read more

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