Are You Lip Syncing Through Your Financial Life?

I’ve recently become a huge fan of the show Lip Sync Battle. Seeing celebrities “sing” the hits of their favorite artists while doing some very entertaining dances is absolutely hilarious. While it’s one of my guilty pleasures and has led to some world class laughter (“The Rock” as Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway as Miley Cyrus, Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan Tatum), in one of my odd “connect the dots” moments, I realized that I was having a conversation with someone who was lip syncing her life. Read more

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Your Life Partner Can Be Your Best Financial Friend

As our CEO says in her new book, What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You, your life partner can be your worst financial enemy. Choosing the wrong person in a relationship can wreak havoc on your financial well being. But what about choosing the right person? Is the converse true? Can your life partner be your best financial friend? Read more

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The Other Side of American Greed

Friday nights on CNBC, households all over the country are watching American Greed, the wildly popular documentary series narrated by Stacy Keach which tells the real-life stories of financial crimes and the effect on their victims. There have been episodes about Ponzi schemes, mortgage fraud, identity theft, insurance fraud and investment scams. Some of them tell truly heartbreaking stories, where the people who were victimized by the fraud seemed to be making wise decisions, only to be fooled by someone with criminal intent. In all the episodes, the message is clear:  there are hucksters and criminals who are out to steal your money — and you’d better be on guard. It’s an important message, one that we all need to hear. Read more

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Can Your Friends Help You Become Financially Independent?

Can your friends help you become financially independent? Yes — if you choose the right friends. My fellow planner, Kelley Long, recently wrote a thought-provoking post about how financial frenemies can sabotage your financial wellness. “Much like starting a new diet or fitness program has a higher chance for success if you do it with a friend,” she wrote, “engaging your friends in financial habit changes could greatly increase the likelihood you’ll stick to it.” I couldn’t agree more. Read more

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Are You Financially Fearless?

I love stories about things that don’t always go together. Sometimes it creates a wonderful combination. That’s why when I read this story about a Siberian tiger that isn’t eating the goat it was fed (and is actually becoming a good buddy of the goat), it brought a smile to my face.  Read more

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How To Turn That Resolution Into Reality

I was talking to a group of girlfriends over an amazing cup of hot chocolate with melted chocolate on the bottom and toasted marshmallows on top. For a chocoholic like me, this was heaven. I will admit I focused more on the chocolate than the conversation, but after a few minutes, my financial planning ears perked up. My friends were talking about their top New Year’s resolutions, which was the same for all of them- to get out of debt. Read more

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2016 New Year’s Resolution: Deal With Paper Daily

What’s my financial New Year’s Resolution for 2016?  It’s all about dealing with paper. Much of daily life really does come with an instruction book, helpfully printed in four languages. Plus it comes with legal disclosures, bills, prospectuses, receipts, health insurance notifications, magazines and professional journals.  Read more

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Take Your Own Baby Steps

I am a huge fan of the movie “What About Bob?” starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus. Bill Murray’s character was so overwhelmed by life that he went to see a psychologist (Richard Dreyfus’ character) for help. The psychologist introduced him to the concept of “Baby Steps,” which suggests taking small steps to achieve your goal. In the movie, Bill Murray took baby steps, literally, but the steps were baby steps based on Bill Murray’s mental state, not someone else’s mental state. Read more

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Top 10 Financial Articles of 2015

I’m a huge fan of lists: to-do lists (yes, I sometimes add things just so I can check them off), best-of lists, pros and cons lists and yes, top 10 lists. Want a reading list to take you through the end of the year? Without further ado, here are my top 10 favorite money-related articles of 2015:

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Why Time is the Ultimate Financial Wellness Gift

Do you really need more stuff for the holidays? If you are like most working Americans, “stuff” is not a problem. Time is where you are falling short.  Read more

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