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Don’t Let Debt Destroy Your Marriage

Sometimes when I meet with someone to walk through their finances, I get the distinct impression that our conversation is going to have a significant impact on their life. I had one of those conversations recently with a couple who was very seriously considering separating and divorcing. One of the biggest factors in the stress and tension that is damaging their marriage is how they deal with money or…don’t deal with it.   Read more

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3 Hidden Pitfalls Coming to a 401(k) Statement Near You

When you see your 401(k) balance or even a projection of your future balance when you retire, do you really know what that number means for your retirement? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t. A $200k balance may look like the most amount of money you’ve ever had so you can easily think it will be more than sufficient even if it turns out to be nowhere near enough to generate the income you’ll need to retire comfortably. Read more

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How to Pass the Retirement Income Literacy Test

Americans flunk retirement quiz.” That was a headline in the December 3, 2014 edition of USA Today. In a recent survey conducted by the American College of Financial Services, 80% of surveyed Americans age 60 to 75 with at least $100,000 in household assets received a failing grade when given a basic retirement-income literacy test. Read more

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Out With The Old

As the cold weather settles in for the winter here in the northeast, out come all the wool sweaters and turtlenecks from the back of the closet.  This is also the time of year I do a once over of my wardrobe to prepare for my yearly donation to Goodwill. Now, I don’t have any sweaters that could win in the contest for the ugly Christmas sweater party, but there are a few that I accidentally washed and shrunk that no longer fit. So these shrunken sweaters, along with out-of-fashion cowl neck and peplum tops, need to go. Even the long, flowing waterfall sweaters that I stocked up on last year are no longer fashionable, according to whowhatwear.comRead more

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How to Roll with the Punches

Last week, my family was just beginning a six hour trip home from Orlando, Florida when a major brain cloud of forgetfulness appeared that cost us money. After getting the family wagon loaded with kids, wife, parents, and luggage at a record setting time for punctuality and efficiency, our crew was ready to go. (It is important to note the small victory this appeared to be at the time because I am known to operate on “island time” when in vacation mode.) Google Maps was even confirming an estimated arrival that would leave us plenty of time at home to finally put lights on our sad and extremely naked tree and to do some Christmas shopping​. Read more

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Why Your Choice of School Matters

I read this article about parents shouldering a massive burden for student loan debts for their children.This is currently a huge problem in the middle class.  Lower income families receive significant financial aid. Higher income families can support the cost of college out of cash flow. It’s the middle class that is getting hammered with this and it’s creating some ripple effects into other areas of life. I have talked with countless couples who are delaying retirement for 5-10 years in order to pay down student loan debt. They all hope that their employers keep them around that long and that they don’t get caught up in a downsizing or have serious medical bills like the family in the article. Read more

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My 5 Favorite Bank Accounts

Last week, I wrote about my favorite credit cards for rewards. This week, let’s take on another unpopular financial institution: the bank. With typically poor customer service, rock bottom interest rates, and an endless stream of fees, most people probably look at their bank as a necessary evil. But if you’re willing to look beyond the local branch, there are some good banking accounts out there. Here are my personal favorites: (for the sake of avoiding repetition, all of these banks charge no maintenance or minimum balance fees) Read more

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Retirement Planning, Dougie Style!

One thing I love about my colleague and friend, Doug Spencer, is his ability to make the complicated simple. Take retirement planning for example. Some people approach retirement planning as though it involves complicated math, an ability to predict the future, and an ounce of luck.  Read more

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Know Your Limits

With New Year’s Eve celebrations right around the corner, it is important to know your limits.I don’t mean your limit on glasses of champagne and calorie intake, although those limits are also pretty important while you ring in the new year. Uncle Sam has some changes in store as we head into 2015.  Read more

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Do You Have The Right Life Insurance Coverage?

Yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking. This is not the most exciting topic to think about and other areas of the financial life planning process such as money management, paying off debt, and investing for retirement tend to get more of our attention. Still, it’s worth a quick review on why life insurance is necessary and who should buy it. In fact, this part of the discussion should come before getting to specific amounts that you should own. Read more

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