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10 Financial Commandments for Your 30s

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Saw this list this morning on MSN. Pretty good list. I think we have accomplished all of these, which is a good thing because I’m in the final months of my 30s!!!!!! Here’s the list along with my thoughts on each point. You can read the original article here: 1. Pay off your nonmortgage debt. […]

One Reader’s Reasoning on Why Younger People Don’t Save

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I want to highlight this comment I received regarding why young people aren’t saving money (edited slightly): I’m 27 and I can tell you really simply why we are not investing. 1. Since the day we graduated we’ve seen nothing but bad news. Huge tech crash, current crash. We’re not even back to where we […]

Save For One Year, Retire With $1MM

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Most “retire with one million dollars” articles focus on slow and steady savings over the course of decades. That works of course, and saving regularly is a great habit to get in no matter how much money you have. But if you’re young enough, with some concerted effort you can save for only ONE year, […]

Solid Advice: ALWAYS Question Commissioned Salesmen!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

I remember being told during broker training for PaineWebber (now UBS) that if a prospect asked about fees or commissions that I was to basically show them the door. PaineWebber’s stance was that clients who bickered about fees weren’t going to be good clients. Of course there will always be people who want to get […]

The Real Key to Acheiving Your Goals

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

It’s easy to turn your dreams into goals on paper, but you’re much more likely to acheive those goals–and be satisfied when you do–if they reflect your true values.

Planners and Fees

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Money Magazine has a feature each month called The Mole, which is a column written by an anonymous financial planner. I’m not exactly sure why he’s anonymous unless he’s scared of colleagues harrassing him. Regardless, it’s usually an entertaining column and this month’s column is no different: I’ve never met a financial planner who didn’t […]

Budget Help for a Reader – What’s Your Advice?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I received the following email from a reader. Although his situation isn’t good, it could be a lot worse. One thing he mentions in the email stood out to me like a sore thumb. Let’s see if you can spot it: I was contemplating taking some retirement money to pay off some debt, which would […]

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