The presidential election and your money

At the time I wrote this article, the economy was performing both exceptionally and terribly at the same time. The technology industry is going through a massive evolution as worldwide implementation of increased stay at home measures means more computers, cyber security, web based, cloud based, and technological solutions are needed to do business safely. …

New Year’s Resolutions

The champagne has bubbled, the ball has dropped, and New Year’s resolutions have been made. This year add finances to the list. New year, new financial goals. Make 2020 the year you proactively improve your finances. Here are five financial resolutions that will help you get on track to better money habits. Feeling charitable? Learn …

The SECURE Act. Ready or not, here it comes

It’s been a long time coming but Congress just passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. President Trump signed the bill on Friday, December 20, 2019 as part of the government’s spending bill and it took effect January 1, 2020. So how will the SECURE Act effect your retirement savings? Below …

Life insurance: Do you need it?  

The choices in life insurance policies can be confusing. Life insurance needs vary depending on your situation and it can be hard to know exactly where to start. The real question is do you need life insurance? According to the 2019 Insurance Barometer Study (Life Happens/LIMRA), 40% of those without insurance coverage would have immediate …

Credit score: .25% could cost you thousands

Many people don’t understand the value of a good credit score. It’s more than the prestige of having a high number. It’s your ability to get a car loan, an established credit card and borrow when you’re ready to buy a home. As a consumer and an investor, you want to have access to credit …

What does your investment advisor do all day?

If you think financial advisors spend all day golfing, you need a new advisor. Rendering financial advice is challenging and it takes a competent and intelligent professional (who is supported by a team of competent and intelligent professionals) to do the job right. An advisor cannot stay at the top of their craft by polishing …

Cybersecurity: fraud prevention tips for your money

We all use an abundance of electronic devices to share, transmit and store personal data. Some of the information our devices collect and share about us is harmless – such as how many steps you’ve taken today. On the other hand, we also have more critical data, like credit card and banking information, which would …

Separate finances? How to combine when getting married

Issues related to money can be troubling and detrimental in many relationships, but many of the conflicts arising from money issues are avoidable if you address them effectively. Consider the items below as our suggested “to‑do list” as you or someone you know is starting to merge separate finances and while preparing for a future …

How to pay down debt, pursue financial freedom

The first step in pursuing financial freedom is getting your financial house in order and the first room to tackle is debt. Oftentimes with debt, you get very unfavorable interest rates. Credit card companies charge so much that it’s virtually impossible to make more money anywhere else. I can’t remember a situation where the first …