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Matthew Illian

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Matthew Illian, CFP®, AIF®, is a wealth manager for Marotta Wealth Management Inc. He is based in Richmond, Va., providing fee-only financial planning and wealth management at www.emarotta.com and blogging at www.marottaonmoney.com. When he’s not helping to save one financial life at a time, he thoroughly enjoys exploring new trails and other local destinations in Richmond, VA (RVA) on family bike rides with his wife and three young boys.

Are You a Financial Adult or a Toddler?

Personal Finance

Are You a Financial Adult or a Toddler?

Are You a Financial Adult or a Toddler?

Where are you in the financial life cycle? Financial maturity is developed in stages. As with all skills, you must begin at the beginning. Skipping ahead before mastering fundamentals will lead to glaring deficiencies, like the time I tried snowboarding a black diamond trail before taking any lessons. A permanently damaged knee proves this strategy… Read More

How to Budget When You Hate Budgeting

Personal Finance

How to Budget When You Hate Budgeting

How to Budget When You Hate Budgeting

Budgeting doesn’t have to be so mind-numbingly tedious. It’s as if everything we now know about budgeting was written by accountants for people who think like accountants. The rest of us need intuitive tools fit for English majors. I must confess that I have never, not once, balanced my checkbook. A recent survey of Bogleheads… Read More

How Much Should I Save for College?

Personal Finance

How Much Should I Save for College?

How Much Should I Save for College?

With three young energetic boys, the growing costs of college education weigh heavily on my mind. As a financial adviser with a reputation to maintain, ignoring these pending expenses is not an option for our family. Each year, I share updated age-based benchmarks we use to ensure that our 529 college savings plan is on track… Read More

Can Giving Cause More Harm Than Good?

Personal Finance

Can Giving Cause More Harm Than Good?

Can Giving Cause More Harm Than Good?

The giving season is fast approaching, and many of us are making plans to donate our time, talents and treasure to help those in need. Helping others is an integral part of the American character. Compassion experts and fieldworkers argue that much of these good intentions fuel a toxic form of charity that fails to… Read More

Is Your 401(k) Plan Secure?

Personal Finance

Is Your 401(k) Plan Secure?

Is Your 401(k) Plan Secure?

Money deducted from your paycheck for retirement typically gets deposited quickly into your 401(k) plan. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes this money ends up in another account. In most circumstances, the missing money is nothing more than an unintentional mistake; other times it is a case of embezzlement. Therefore, employees and executives need… Read More

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