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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)

When Planning Really Matters

Last week, a colleague of mine lost her best friend to cancer. She was one of those people whose presence made you feel at peace. She also was great at planning for the future.  Read more

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Fire Drill For The What Ifs​

A co-worker recently had a scare when her husband was admitted to the hospital for a possible heart attack. His family has a history of heart problems so she was terrified at the thought of her life without her best friend, having to explain to her children they’d lost their dad, and not spending the rest of her life with him. She shared with me all sorts of thoughts that started creeping into her head…all of the “what ifs.” (Luckily for her, his health problem was not severe, just early symptoms of diabetes, and his problems are treatable with lifestyle changes.) Read more

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Think Long Term For The Holidays

So the weather is cooling down and immediately we start thinking about all of the yummy holiday food and spending time with our loved ones. After we start basking in the glow of chocolate chip cookies and family, it slowly starts to sink in that this time of the year is expensive. Between traveling, Thanksgiving Day meals, and presents, you and your wallet are exhausted by New Year’s. So what is a gift-giving person to do? Read more

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How to Thank and Help Our Future Veterans

With Veteran’s Day around the corner, we stop to thank those, past and present, who have served our nation and protected our freedoms. We all know that they volunteer to spend time away from home and family and risk their lives to keep us safe. The tragic stories of service members suffering from PTSD and life altering injuries tear at our hearts. What no one talks about is the financial hardships that many of our service members face.  Read more

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A 5k Vacation

One of my favorite commercials is from Mastercard with all the kids begging their parents to “take one more day” of their unused vacation and they present Mom and Dad some pretty compelling reasons why taking at least one more day is priceless.  For those that do decide to take a family vacation, there IS a price, and it’s usually not cheap.  In fact, a recent Forbes article puts the average cost for a family of four at almost $5k after tallying up the cost of airfare, hotel, food, and taxes.  Read more

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Is Bigger Better?

JLo and I have something in common regarding our rear ends – our recent car accidents, that is. We both walked away unhurt and with minimal damage to our SUVs after being rear-ended at a stoplight. Not so lucky was the  young driver of the Honda Civic who hit me from behind since his entire front end was crushed like an accordion.  JLo’s accident was due to a drunk driver so he is probably even more unlucky. Read more

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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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