If you’ve gone through it, you don’t need me to tell you how financially devastating divorce can be. Many people lose half (or more) of everything they’ve saved over their lives. This includes their home, retirement, business and investments. If that isn’t bad enough, divorced people often see their income wither while their expenses explode.... Read More
Sometimes you might feel as though you are chained to a job for the next 20, 30 or 40 years and there’s no way out. If that describes you, I have some great news. It’s not necessarily true. If you are willing to think outside the box and take decisive action, you can retire decades... Read More
On a daily basis, the stock market seems to buzz around like a balloon you let go of before tying the end. Equity fund prices are all over the place. The concerns de jour are China, oil prices, interest rates and the possibility of a global recession. With so much going on, it’s no wonder... Read More
Your credit report could contain material errors. These are mistakes that other people make but you ultimately to pay for — and left uncorrected, you may end up paying for those errors for years and years. According to a recent Federal Trade Commission report, one in five people have flawed credit reports. Not all of... Read More
Didn’t 2014 just start? At least that’s the way it feels to me. Well, regardless of how things seem, the reality is the year is just about over. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a big impact on your financial future before the big ball drops in Times Square. You can still achieve some... Read More
There are few things more frustrating than having a partner who won’t partner up and take care of business when it comes to retirement planning. When they live their lives without thinking about the future or doing anything about it, you are left holding the bag and in a world of worry. No bueno. You... Read More
According to a recent TIAA-CREF survey, almost one in three Americans borrow against their employee retirement plans at one time or another. That must mean it’s a smart move…right? Wrong. As you’ll see, borrowing money from your 401(k) or other retirement plan at work can be one of the very worst financial moves you can... Read More
Retiring can be a frightening subject. Where is the income going to come from once you pull the plug? How much will you need? How will you spend your days? These are all important questions you have to address. But what if you don’t have the answers? The last thing you want to do is... Read More
If you are really serious about taking your financial situation to the next level, start by taking a good hard look at what you spend on average each month. That’s because you have more control over your spending than any other part of your financial life. No matter how much money you make, if your... Read More
Some people take budgeting very seriously. They budget their money down to the very last cent. Others ignore the subject completely and don’t even bother to look at the big picture every now and then. Regardless of the camp you’re in, there are five budgeting boo-boos that most people make — and they are big.... Read More
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