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Retirement playbook: 5 step strategy

When you think about retirement planning, what comes to mind? Money? While that’s a legitimate concern, most people skip over the all-important first step. It has nothing to do with money and overlooking it could mean you’re not adequately preparing for your future. That first step is just one of five that will help get …

How to get rich AND go broke

The Sound Financial House is built on a foundation of sensibly handled cash flows. “Sensibly” is a good word because a lot of it is common sense. For example, here is how you get rich: earn more money than you spend. Common sense! Unfortunately, though, it isn’t always easy to do what “common sense” dictates. …

Is your Social Security income keeping up?

Social Security is a vital source of needed revenue to American retirees who spent an entire career paying into this government program. This monthly income helps millions of U.S. Households meet their expenses, pay for health care and support their families. Many lose sleep over the state of this vital government program. It is widely …

Your financial focus: saving, NOT spending

When it comes to finances, the questions clients ask usually are along the lines of “can I afford this?” or “should I buy that?” Those seem innocent enough, but then it occurred to me that the focus with money is almost always on acquisitions and affordability – NOT the big picture. There are far more …

Introducing the Sound Financial House

Keeping your “financial house” in order is a complicated, time-consuming and a life-long project. There are a lot of risks and opportunities to consider, and many find the challenge overwhelming. Am I on the right track? What am I forgetting? Am I truly succeeding? The stakes are high – your family’s quality of life now, …

Avoid extreme saving, why you want a balanced plan

Have you known people to live on the edge of financial extremes? A recent college grad paid off $150,000 in student loan debt within the first three years working by never eating out, no vacations and living in his parent’s basement. A happily married couple retired before the age of 40 by going vegan, composting …

College savings plan: Pay you first

Student loan debt crossed the trillion-dollar mark in 2014, becoming the second largest sector of household debt behind mortgages. Two-thirds of college graduates leave school with student loan debt. Parents want their children to enjoy a lifestyle greater than their own, so what can you do to make sure that happens? One answer may surprise …

Financial unrest – don’t throw away your plan

Before writing this article, I searched financial unrest to see what was written on this topic and nothing even closely related to this serious financial condition came up. It seems that somehow no one talks about this and it is one of the most dangerous financial times any of us will ever experience. There are …

What matters in investing: returns you can eat – enjoyably

Steak? Salad? Low fat? Low carb? Everyone has their own dietary preferences and beliefs. They enjoy what they enjoy and believe what they believe (no matter how wrong some of them may be!) Investors also have individual preferences. Gamblers love the thrill of investing. They do not enjoy a disciplined, programmatic investment strategy. They might like the results, i.e. …

Prime Now test – ready for grocery delivery?

Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in 2017. Since the purchase, changes at Whole Foods have reshaped the shopping experience once enjoyed by many at this largely organic, high-quality grocery store chain. Price cuts in the range of 50% on commonly purchased items like avocados, eggs, fish and fruit echo loudly as the competition …