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How I Got My Teenage Niece to Save

Have you ever tried talking to a 19 year old about financially preparing for her future, especially one that considers shopping to be a way to serve her country? I was talking to my niece about getting her financial house in order. She actually tried to rationalize to me that shopping was really helping the economy out.  Read more

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5 Myths About Social Security

I’m going to unofficially declare last week as National Social Security Awareness Week as a result of the questions I got in a series of workshops that I facilitated on retirement planning. I don’t think a week of Social Security actually exists on the calendar but with all the confusion surrounding Social Security there probably needs to be one. Here are some common myths I’ve heard: Read more

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Is Smaller Better???

I was talking with Daphne Winston about my experience living on a boat and how space was a wee bit cramped there at times. Here’s her reply – in blog form! (It’s awesome to work with people who respond to conversations with a blog post.) Read more

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Is A Financial Advisor Worth Paying For?

If you’re hiring an advisor to pick investments that will outperform the market, the answer is probably no. There’s no evidence that financial advisors’ recommendations add value in this way even if their advice were free. Add a 1% advisory fee and you’ll probably underperform the market. There are also now a host of “robo-advisors” that will help you put together and manage a customized portfolio of low cost index funds for a much lower fee. However, here are some services that may be worth paying a financial advisor for: Read more

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How My Tax Preparation Software Let Me Down

For the last seven years, I have used tax preparation software to help me file my federal and state income tax returns, and I’ve never had a problem…until now. You see, each year I’ve been entitled to tax refunds, and each year when the tax preparation software asks me if I want to have my tax refund directly deposited into my bank account, I would say yes, but this year was different. This year, instead of getting a tax refund from the state, I ended up owing the state more money, so instead of asking me if I wanted my tax refund directly deposited into my bank account the software asked me if I wanted to have my tax payment debited from my account.   Read more

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What Really Matters To Your Credit

One of the most common questions I get is how do I improve my credit score. There is so much information on the Internet that people cannot make heads or tails of it. I was talking to my buddy, Kelley, a fellow CFP(R) professional and CPA, and she offered great insight as to what really matters vs. what does not matter to your credit score. Below are her thoughts: Read more

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How To Determine Your Financial Priorities With A Late Start To Retirement

We hear a lot about the retirement crisis in America and there’s a great deal to be concerned about these days. With a decline in pension availability and concerns about the long-term viability of Social Security, the burden of saving for retirement rests squarely on our shoulders. However, the average American has less than $25,000 in total savings and investments for retirement (see EBRI’s 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey).  Read more

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A Big Day And A Bigger Check?

Many moons ago, I remember going from catering company to catering company doing tastings for my wedding. Then there were the conversations with florists, musicians, photographers, venues, etc…it’s all a blur now. Because it was a long time ago and because I was trying to be frugal, the wedding came in well below the average cost of a wedding. I believe that all in, the cost was around $10,000 for everything. Sadly, the divorce 17 years later cost WAY more than that!!! Read more

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Which Colleges Make The Best Investments?

With the rising cost of college, more students and their parents are rightfully looking at their of college in financial terms. In that spirit, I saw this report on the best “value colleges” by “return on investment.” This can be a much more useful measurement than simply looking at a school’s general “ranking” but there are a few thing to keep in mind: Read more

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Managing Your Pension In A 401k World

Lately there’s been a lot of criticism of 401k plans in the news and some of it is very valid. A 401k that is poorly designed and/or poorly managed can leave people in a bad place when they want to retire, but traditional pensions aren’t a perfect solution either. Don’t get me wrong. If you have a pension that is a GREAT benefit to have. You just can’t assume that everything will work out as planned.  Read more

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