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70% of Americans Can’t Answer These Three Questions Correctly

Monday, May 12th, 2014

IF this is true, it’s very sad. According to Business Insider, 70% of Americans cannot answer all three of these questions correctly (not sure how they came up with that number, but we’ll go with it). 1. Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After […]

Anyone Following This CFP Mess?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I’m not a CFP, but I have been following what’s going on with the CFP Board and their members who use “fee-only” as their compensation method. Apparently, the board removed “fee-only” from all members’ profiles after it was reported that certain individuals were calling themselves “fee-only” when they were not. Now people are claiming that […]

Surviving Bankruptcy and Divorce

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Here is a guest post from my friend, Russ Thornton. Divorce can wreak havoc on your finances. So can bankruptcy. But when a bankruptcy and divorce happen simultaneously, the resulting fiasco can seem like an insurmountable obstacle to overcome. First, take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of women go through […]

Start Planning for Retirement as Soon as you Start Working

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Good advice from the Wall Street Journal: Your First Job? Think About Retirement. I know a lot of younger people will say, “Yeah, right…” but time is a precious commodity and the one huge advantage young poeple have when it comes to saving for retirement is time. Read: The Cost of Waiting One Year, which […]

Wake Up Parents! Your Kids Don’t Want the House

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

This is a guest post from my friend, Richard Rosso. It was an ongoing conversation between a mom and adult daughter and me (in the middle). Moving slowly to what I call the “legacy awareness,” stage where we begin to explore mom’s legacy, a loving daughter’s inheritance expectations (or lack of) and possible living benefits […]

How Did NFL Quarterback, Vince Young, Go Broke?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

This kind of stuff saddens me: How did Vince Young end up broke? A 20-year-old model embarking on an NFL career is doomed to fail if he does not have the right people around him. Family is not the right people, no matter how good or loving or well-intentioned they are. Further… I once asked […]

Protecting Your Vital Documents

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

I read this article about protecting your vital documents way back in June and just remembered it last night when I was going through my saved WSJ articles. I think it offers some helpful advice on backing up documents digitally. Their advice: 1. Take inventory of all vital documents. In one group, include crucial items […]

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