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How Much To Save?

How much should I save? What do you think I should be putting away? What’s a good rule of thumb for how much money I should set aside each month? Is there a right amount I should be saving? This is probably one of the most common personal finance questions, and this causes a great…

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What’s the Best Way to Save

Most advisors and financial experts will tell you that the only way to become wealthy is to save. The good news is that this is not true. There are ways to become wealthy without saving. For example, you can inherit money, win a lawsuit settlement, start a company with borrowed money and sell it, or…

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Types of Income: Do You Know the Two Types?

What do you think the two types of income are? Does it really matter? Who cares? I mean, income is income. It’s all good. Are you really going to hesitate when someone hands you a check while you try to figure out what type of income you are receiving? I do think it’s important to…

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7 Savings Tips for Parents and Students During Back-to-School Season

As the 2020-21 school year begins, students of all ages are facing many changes to their school experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic—whether transitioning to remote instruction or instituting mask-wearing within school buildings. These changes may exacerbate annual back-to-school stress, as parents and students navigate covering the many back-to-school expenses. To help, understand your opportunities…

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4th of July

Lately I’ve been reading and watching a lot of World War II documentaries (Netflix has a series called WWII In Color that is excellent). The more I learn about that war and the other wars our soldiers have fought in the more I understand and appreciate this holiday. I used to think about it as…

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Not all bonds are created equally

Not All Bonds Are Created Equally

Stocks have been the focus over the past couple of months. When you hear about the “market,” they are referring to the stock market. When they discuss that the “futures are up” or the “futures are down,” they are talking about stocks. Everybody wants to talk about stocks, but there is another type of investment…

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COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide

Why is the Stock Market Going Up and Will It Drop Again?

We’ve seen strong gains in the last few weeks from the March 23 low. The questions on many investors’ minds are why and will it last. There is a divergence between the reality of today (e.g., virus spread, lock-downs in many states, record unemployment claims, greatly reduced corporate earnings, rise in bankruptcies, etc.) and what…

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The Power of People: My Thoughts on the Coronavirus

Every day I feel humbled when I hear how companies are responding to the coronavirus. There are feel-good stories about how distilleries have shifted to producing hand sanitizer and how companies such as Apple have donated 9 million medical masks to healthcare workers. There are other stories about how innovative companies are devising ways to…

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A Brief Look At Historical Market Drops

The global stock market has declined in recent days as markets focus on the spread of coronavirus in China and around the world. And while the human toll of this epidemic should not be downplayed or overlooked, it is perhaps the short-term panic in financial markets that have been more contagious. In times like these,…

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Investment Summary For 2019 & What To Expect In 2020

Stock markets are riding high as we approach the end of 2019. What’s more, the largest pullback in the S&P 500 this year was only 7%. There are three key reasons for this outsized performance, and one important takeaway for investors as we enter 2020. Perhaps the most important reason that major markets have experienced…

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