Financial Planning

Do You Need Life Insurance?

By Robert Pagliarini on May 7, 2015

Many younger Americans lack life insurance. A 2014 report from insurance industry analyst LIMRA found that only a third of Gen Y Americans have any life insurance coverage. In the same survey of 6,000 respondents, six in 10 Gen X and Gen Y Americans said their households would be hard pressed to make ends meet…

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Protecting Your Elderly Parents from Financial Fraud

By Robert Pagliarini on May 6, 2015

Elders are financially defrauded daily in this country. Just a tiny percentage of these crimes are made public. In fact, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) estimates that only 1 in 44 cases of elder financial abuse are reported. A recent NAPSA study found that 11% of seniors had been financially “abused, neglected or…

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What’s the Difference Between Good Debt & Bad Debt?

By Robert Pagliarini on April 28, 2015

Who will retire with substantial debt? It seems many baby boomers will – too many. In a 2014 Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, 44% of boomers reported that they were concerned about the size of their household debt. While many are carrying mortgages, paying with plastic also exerts a drag on their finances. According to…

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The Psychology of Saving & Spending

By Robert Pagliarini on March 28, 2015

Why do some households save more than others? Building household savings may depend not only on cash flow, but also on psychology. With the right outlook, saving becomes a commitment. With a less positive outlook, it becomes a task – and tasks and chores are often postponed. Financially speaking, saving is winning. Sometimes that lesson…

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How to Get Rid of Debt

By Robert Pagliarini on March 25, 2015

As the Great Recession faded, American household debt gradually decreased. In fact, it declined by $1 trillion between mid-2008 and mid-2014, according to the Federal Reserve. Now household debt is increasing once more. The Fed found it climbing by $78 billion (0.7%) during Q3 2014. On the macroeconomic level, that can be interpreted as a…

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Are Your Kids Financially Literate?

By Robert Pagliarini on February 28, 2015

How bad is financial illiteracy today? So bad that your children may be at risk of making some serious financial mistakes. Some are finding that talking to children about finances has become less about the nuts and bolts of money and more about putting money’s importance to our daily lives in the correct context. Women…

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4 Money Mistakes That Can Make You Poorer

By Robert Pagliarini on January 17, 2015

How are your money habits? Are you getting ahead financially, or does it feel like you are running in place? It may come down to behavior. Some financial behaviors promote wealth creation, while others lead to frustration. Certainly other factors come into play when determining a household’s financial situation, but behavior and attitudes toward money…

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Discover Your Financial Health Score

By Robert Pagliarini on January 10, 2015

In the future, will you become wealthier or poorer? Who knows, right? It seems like you would need a crystal ball to really answer that question given life’s up and downs. What if the answer is right in front of you? What if you can determine it from your present financial behaviors? Two economists present…

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How to Manage Your Cash Flow

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Where does your money go? If you find yourself asking that question from time to time, it may relate to cash flow within your household. Having a cash flow management system may be instrumental in restoring some financial control. It is harder for a middle-class household to maintain financial control these days. If you find…

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Money Tips for Young Families

By Robert Pagliarini on January 5, 2015

Plan to put yourself steps ahead of your peers. If you have a young, growing family, no doubt your to-do list is pretty long on any given day. Beyond today, you are probably working on another kind of to-do list for the long term. Where does “saving and investing” rank on that list? For some…

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