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About Linda Robertson

CFP®, AFC, ChFC®, Masters in Financial Planning, CEBS

Linda Robertson is a Senior Resident Financial Planner at Financial Finesse. Linda has a keen ability to bring financial planning and workplace benefits planning together to help employees maximize their benefits.

Linda is a widely sought after public speaker specializing in workplace employee financial issues and writes a weekly blog on the subject.

Her background includes 18 years in the financial services industry with positions ranging from Banking to Tax Specialist to Financial Planner. She achieved the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation in 1999 and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation in 2001.

Favorite Book: Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Fun Fact: Linda uses her vacation home down in Florida as her "landing pad" between her cross-country travels when the weather isn't nice in Philly.

Favorite Quote: Just Do It (Nike Slogan)

How to Manage Student Loan Debt in Retirement

You’ve worked hard both in the professional world and at home raising your family and retirement is just around the corner. Now it is your turn to relax – somewhat — and do the things you love and want to do. But what if you haven’t finished paying off your student loan debt?  Read more

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Repair or Replace?

After being towed to the auto repair shop, my stepson got the bad news last week that his beloved 2005 sporty Monte Carlo needs a new transmission.  He can pay $2,600 for a new one or $1,800 for a rebuilt transmission, but either way, the cost of the repair is almost what the car is worth, according to Kelly Blue Book.  No matter how much he loves his car, he’s come to the realization that it doesn’t make sense to dump any more money into a clunker car with over 160,000 miles.  He’s seen a lot of good times in the Monte Carlo, but now as a new dad of a toddler, having a two-door sports car has become a drag.  Read more

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Teetotal Up Your Savings By Dropping Your Drinking

With football season in full swing, my husband stocks up on his favorite Yuengling beer, the unofficial state drink in PA. A case costs around $18 and goes pretty quick with his two sons over to watch the game on Sundays. With 17 weeks in the season, that’s over $300 – which is a bit under what the average U.S. household spent on wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported in a recent Reuters article.  That amounts to about 1% of the typical household expenditures but keep in mind that the average includes non-drinkers too so that means some households are spending WAY more than that already hefty amount on alcohol. Read more

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Could a Sonic Boom Crack a Windshield?

I had to make a call to my insurance agent today to report a claim on my broken front windshield.  My explanation for the needed repair sounded almost as absurd as “the dog ate my homework,” but the only direct link I could make to my windshield cracking was that a sonic boom broke the glass. I had gone to watch the Blue Angels Navy flight squadron fly over the Baltimore Inner Harbor as part of this month’s Star Spangled Spectacular, which is celebrating the 200th birthday of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner lyrics by Francis Scott Key. The Navy jets are VERY loud and I had parked my car at Martin Airport to see the take-off and landing of the squadron.   Read more

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Power Tools Aren’t Just for Professionals

Are you an HGTV fan like me? If so, you’ll probably be watching the premier tonight of The Jennie Garth Project, where the recently divorced 90210 star takes on a rehab of a 1970s ranch home in Hollywood Hills.  Based on the previews, she’s not afraid to pick up a power tool to get the job done. Read more

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Managing Mom’s (or Dad’s) Money

I recently spoke to a caller on the Financial Helpline, where we provide over the phone financial coaching as an employee benefit through her employer.  She had just learned that her parents had deeded over the family home to her nephew, who was in his early 20s and barely getting by. Her mom had just recently settled into an assisted living facility at $5,500 a month due to an onset of dementia. Her dad, age 93, still lived at home with her sister and nephew and was getting worried he might go broke trying to pay for her care and he didn’t want to lose the family home.   Read more

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Get a C.L.U.E.

Want a clue on how your auto and homeowners insurance is determined? Any prior claims you have filed in the past 7 years for collision or comprehensive damage on your car or theft, fire, or storm damage to your home are reported to C.L.U.E. – which is the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange. Too many claims on your C.L.U.E. report could even lead to being dropped by your insurance company. Read more

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Your House Needs a Vacation Too

With summer coming to a close, have you planned your last vacation of the season?  As you pack your bags and finalize your itinerary, make sure to plan a holiday for your home as well. Specifically, give your home a rest regarding the electric use when you are away.  Here are four tips on how: Read more

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Should You Split Up With Your Spouse In Retirement?

Some couples could benefit from a split strategy in retirement but I don’t mean breaking up with your loved one.  The Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch blog recently highlighted a split strategy for couples when deciding on the best time to take Social Security benefits. One spouse (the lower income earner) takes benefits as early as possible, which is at age 62.  The other spouse would wait until age 70 to take their own benefit but at their full retirement age (66 to 67 – depending on your year of birth) would claim the spousal benefit based on the lower income earning spouse.  Read more

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Does Your Summer Include a Sales Tax Holiday?

I’m lucky to be only a 20 minute drive from the Delaware line, which is known for tax-free shopping all year long. Whenever I need to make a big purchase, I head out of Pennsylvania to avoid the 6% sales tax.  If you live in a state that has a high sales tax, you may not have that option.   Read more

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