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Money: 4 rules of thumb

How much should I save for retirement? How much house can I afford? How much should I save for emergencies? These are important questions to consider for your financial future. Here’s a breakdown of the money rules of thumb that should help shape your financial plan. Retirement savings Rule of thumb: at least 10% of …

When will we see driverless cars?

Sitting in the backseat of a small, bright, cherry red Chevy Cruz, I fought back the feelings of unease and nausea. The endless stream of rapid fire stopping mixed with sudden jolts of speed left my stomach sloshing around today’s lunch. I lost count of all the times lanes were switched mindlessly without prior thought …

5 Steps to protect your money in a digital world

Cybercrime is on the rise. Criminals are going after financial institutions because that’s where all the money is. In 2017, breaches and fraud incidents, both online and offline, increased more than 130% year over year. Many experts believe there are only two types of financial institutions with regards to digital security – those that have …

Save $68,000 in retirement: Financial advisor cuts cord

My weekend started like most other lazy family days – recovering from a busy work week. After breakfast and after the kids carefully loaded their dirty dishes into the washer, the young ones drifted over to the couch for a little Saturday morning TV. These days, Saturday morning cartoons are different than my experience. I …

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 …