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What To Do (And Not Do) During This Market Downturn

Have you looked at your 401k statement lately? If so, you might have been tempted to sell out of any stock funds you have. Don’t. You’ll likely be turning a temporary loss into a permanent one. Read more

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How Non-Netflix Employees Can Plan For Maternity Leave

The issue of paid maternity leave was in the news again last week when Netflix announced it was giving most of its workers a full year of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. I’d like to think this is a growing trend for American companies and that by the time I’m ready to take maternity leave (no, Mom, this is not an announcement), it will be the norm instead of news. But the reality is that most workers who receive a maternity leave still only get the FMLA-mandated 12 weeks off and then only sometimes with pay. This means that in addition to planning for the added expense of a new person in your family, having a baby includes planning for a temporary (or sometimes permanent) reduction in household income. Read more

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How To Swallow An Elephant

How do you swallow an elephant? One bite at a time. The first time I heard this statement my first thought was: “Yuck! Can we come up an analogy that involves eating an over-sized sundae instead of an elephant?” Once I understood the concept, it became my mantra. Whenever something feels overwhelming, especially something that does not seem like fun, I automatically think, “one bite at a time.” Read more

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Is Uber Cheaper Than A Car Payment?

My colleague Doug Spencer asked himself that question when his oldest daughter began to drive and so far for him, the answer is “yes!” Like many families, they have two busy kids going in different directions for school, activities and work and with a third driver, a third car seemed like the answer. For many people it probably is, but here are the reasons that Doug has decided to hold off on purchasing another car: Read more

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What If Money Fell Into Your Lap?

In a story that may or may not eventually turn out to be true, two men claim to have found a train that allegedly vanished at the end of the Nazi regime and it was (in theory) loaded with valuables. They are offering to share that location with authorities if they are given 10% of the value.  There are all kinds of legal, ethical and moral questions that would surround a found former Nazi treasure trove should this train actually exist and should they be given a nice finder’s fee. That could, if it’s a whole train filled with valuables, be quite the fortune! What are they going to do with it? Read more

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Permanent Life Insurance or Mortgage Payoff?

We recently received a question on our Facebook page from a couple in their 50’s who are trying to decide between a fixed universal life insurance policy with a quoted return of “7% minus fees” vs paying off a mortgage with a 3.5% interest rate. This combines two common question topics: using permanent life insurance as an investment and paying off a mortgage early. Let’s take a look at some things to consider: Read more

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The Top 3 Reasons I Have The Best Job

For my inaugural post on the Financial Wellness @ Work blog, I thought I’d give a little insight into how I landed at Financial Finesse. Here are the top 3 reasons I LOVE my job: Read more

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Just Say No

I am a child of the 80s. I grew up on Happy Days, Falcon Crest, and Family Ties. In between these shows, inevitably a commercial would come on with a child being pressured into using drugs, refusing and looking into camera and saying no.  Read more

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Is Your Financial Plan Too Complicated?

I am a big fan of the KISS principle when it comes to having a written financial plan.No, I don’t mean the Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons version of KISS. (Although I’m a big fan of Rock & Brews every time I’m out in El Segundo, California.) I mean Keep It Simple Stupid (or keep it simple smarty-pants if the word “stupid” is deemed offensive in your household). Read more

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How Your Finances Can Affect Your Dating Life

One of my favorite phrases with my friends after I say something that clearly isn’t all that brilliant is “Is there any wonder I’m still single?” Sometimes, I say things that are meant one way but interpreted another.   At dinner the other night with a group of friends, I made a comment about needing to go outside for a potty break. Of course, I meant the dog but the way I said it made a few of the guests a wee bit nervous. Fortunately, my date understood what I meant and got a good laugh out of it.  Read more

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