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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you how cancellation policies can intimidate you into not asking for a refund when you do not intend on using a prepaid service. Another policy that drives me nuts and may be intimidating consumers into settling for less is the policy that it’s okay to offer better options to new customers only. Since when is it okay to treat new friends better than old onesRead more

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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 1)

One thing my daughter and I share in common is our affinity for 80’s rock music. From Def Leppard to Duran Duran, she loves the classics and one of her all-time favorite 80’s songs is Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It.  This song—an anthem for my generation—has inspired my attitude about many things, including money. In our current culture, we are conditioned to accept the financial policies of businesses without question but since when were we here to serve businesses instead of businesses serving us?  There’s a lot of competition out there for our money so when it comes to silly financial policies, maybe it’s time we STOP taking it! Read more

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How to Invest: A Tale of Two Investment Theories

My first exposure to investment theories was during an economics class I took in college. I was always sort of a geek when it came to graphs and numbers—which I guess explains my degree in statistics—so I was captivated when the professor drew an example of the efficient frontier on the chalk board. It made perfect sense to me.  Read more

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4 Ways to Plan For Long Term Care

According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, over 70% of long-term care insurance policies are applied for after age 54. Maybe it happens after the kids leave the nest or perhaps when other goals like retirement are realized but I believe most people don’t start thinking about long-term care until they’ve experienced it through someone else.  I’ve had my share of experience dealing with long-term care but my most recent encounter with Patty Smith (name changed to protect the innocent) has made me realize why it is so important to plan for long-term care before it is too late. Read more

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What Was I Thinking? – How Some Investment Decisions Are Made

Think about the last investment decision you made. Why did you make it?  Was it part of an existing investment strategy? Did you see somebody else do it? Perhaps it was done for you?   Read more

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What’s the Deal With Car Reservations?

Oscar Wilde once wrote “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates life.”  As though this statement needed any proof, my recent trip to a rental car agency proved to be a reenactment of a classic Seinfeld episode.  Several months ago, I reserved a minivan in anticipation of a family trip to the West Coast. Upon arriving at the rental car agency, I was told that there were no minivans available. How could this be?  They knew what I needed.  They knew when I would be there.  So why would they not have a car waiting for me?   Read more

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What Baseball Can Teach Us About Investing

This weekend, I watched my nephew play in a baseball tournament.  They played very well in their first game, outscoring their opponent by more than ten runs.  They played well in their second game too but an unfortunate mix up in fielding assignments when there were two outs cost them two runs late in the game that proved to be the difference. It was a hard loss and for the next few days, all I could think about was that one play. If only they had made that play they would have gotten out of the inning with the lead and quite possibly won the game. Read more

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Is Robo Advising Right For Me?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently on the idea of investors using robo-advisors to manage their investment portfolios rather than human advisors.  If you are not familiar with the term, a “robo-advisor” is an online financial advisory service that uses a basic investment philosophy to create software programs that can manage a person’s investment portfolio automatically.  The argument for using this type of approach rather than a human advisor goes something like this: if an investment portfolio using fundamental investment strategies can be implemented automatically with a computer, then why pay for human involvement?  Read more

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Rent vs. Buy: Seven Factors to Consider Before Buying a Home

Owning your own home has long been considered part of the American dream but as the housing market starts to heat up in certain areas of the country, home ownership may not be the most economical solution to housing.  A recent article in The New York Times draws attention to several factors that must be considered when evaluating the financial benefits of home ownership and provides a link to a Rent v. Buy Calculator* that potential homeowners can use to quantify the tradeoff. Here are some guidelines you can use when considering each factor: Read more

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When the Wedding Bells Stop Ringing

For centuries, June has been the most popular month for weddings.  The idea of two people vowing to share the rest of their lives together always puts a smile on my face, but are these two souls that have now been joined as one fully prepared for what lies ahead?  I should think that a person that says “I do” does so with no thought of some day thinking “I don’t,” but the reality is that many of these newlyweds won’t be together in 20 yearsRead more

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