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5 Money Mistakes We All Make


When it comes to finances, we often are critical of the money mistakes of others while ignoring our own. The truth is we all make money mistakes. We overspend to reward ourselves, we lazily forget a bill, etc. But it’s okay,  it’s easy to avoid these mistakes when you’re aware of them.  Here’s a great article […]

Using Internet Explorer? Don’t!


A recently discovered security flaw in Microsoft’s  Internet Explorer browser revealed this weekend “could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system,” the Department of Homeland Security says . Officials recommend that users use alternative browsers until Microsoft fixes the issue and releases software updates. If you’re still using Internet Explorer for security reasons now you […]

The U.S. Stock Market Stages a Comeback


Positive earnings from Apple and Caterpillar as well as an upbeat report on capital spending boosted market sentiment. A jump in durable-goods orders sent stock markets higher.  Orders for equipment such as computers, aircraft and heavy machinery jumped 2.6% in March and posted the biggest gain in four months, offering another sign that the U.S. economy might […]

A Tax Shelter Opportunity


If you choose a Traditional IRA and qualify for a deduction, a deposit will automatically trim what you owe the IRS for 2013, boosting your refund or trimming the check you have to write. If you opt for a Roth IRA, you’ll trade the immediate gratification of tax savings now for luscious tax-free income in […]

7 Ways to Minimize Income Tax in Retirement


Another April 15th has passed so Tax day is over, for now.  Taxes are a unfortunate necessity when you have a full-time job, but your tax liability will probably change  after you retire. You are probably hoping your taxes will decrease after you retire. They probably will but you still need to take control of […]

Earnings Season = Uncertainty & Volatility


After a spectacular rally Wednesday, stocks were pummeled Thursday. The selloff came after a higher opening and surprisingly good jobless claims number of 300,000. That’s the the best weekly number since 2007.   We have to remember that we just exited the 1st quarter of 2014, thus we are entering Earnings Season. Often times, earning […]

How Insurance Fits into Your Financial Plan

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  Life insurance is one of those things that almost everyone needs, but almost no one wants to think about. But if anyone is relying on you financially, you need life insurance because frankly, your financial obligations might outlive you. And as your financial responsibilities grow, so does your need for insurance. That’s why life insurance […]

8 Retirement Questions 50-Something Couples Need To Answer


Last week during a speech at a Washington retirement conference sponsored by the Investment Company Institute, James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research set out eight questions he’s come up with to help 50-something friends, neighbors and relatives think about whether they’re saving enough for retirement. Below is a summary of his […]

The Biggest Mistake You’ll Make When You Retire


The below article is about the biggest mistake people make when they retire. Originally published in the Palm Beach Letter, this article by author Mark Ford points out a common mistake that many experts forget to mention. Ford, a self proclaimed three time retirement failure, has learned from his mistake and shares it with the […]

10 Myths that Ruin Retirements

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Below is a list of misconceptions that can impact how you prepare for the future. The article by Carolyn O’Hara of LearnVest (featured on highlights some of the faulty thinking that leads people to uncertain retirements. Some of the misconceptions the author points out are pretty obvious but quite a few of the misconceptions highlighted have […]