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What’s Next . . . Step On The Scale Please!

Making smart money moves are important within all facets of our lives. Although we often think about money when it comes to bills, purchases, and investments, our overall health and wellness can be one of the largest costs included in our overall budgets. Relative to this, our diets and the way we eat can have a major impact on our personal finances day in and day out. If we end up having diabetes, high blood pressure, or extremely high cholesterol, these health issues can cost us thousands of dollars each and every single year to treat. Several years ago, the USDA (www.usda.org) released a report that stated medical costs that come as a result of obesity related problems are about $10,000 higher than they are for those with a healthy normal weight. What would it mean to put $10,000 back in your cash reserve, your children’s 529 college education fund, or your retirement savings? Back in the early 1990’s, the Government came out with nutrition facts to help us ultimately…

Financial Literacy Takes More Than A Month

I’ll bet that most of you don’t know that April is officially National Financial Literacy Month #finlitmonth.  In fact, almost a decade ago in 2003, the U.S. Senate designated April Financial Literacy for youth Month.   In March of 2004, the Senate passed Resolution 316 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month.    I almost thought for a minute that we had run out of months since every month seems to have designated some cause for us to heighten our sense to for the next 30 days. It’s ironic because I’ve been doing this for almost 22 years and I can tell you that I’m still constantly learning new strategies and techniques around planning for money.   Many Americans are highly educated but still not well informed when it comes to their money. Here are five smart money moves to focus on if you want to become more financially literate. Mutual Funds or Index Funds-  Many of the large mutual funds companies run advertisements on television or in print about how their…

What If You Feel Like You’ve Lost It All

Since the 2008 real estate and stock market crash, some people have been able to get back on their feet and continue to thrive in their careers and businesses.  While others have dealt with devastating …

The Key Differences Between Index Funds & Traditional Mutual Funds

Kalen Smith writes about investing, retirement, and economic policy on Money Crashers Personal Finance.
For the sake of convenience, many investors do not look to manage their own portfolios or choose their own investments. Investors who …

Take the trauma out of buying a home

Buying a house, moving. It’s traumatic. I remember telling a young couple that it was normal to be nervous, to lose some sleep. Still, it’s one of the best investments most of us ever make. Consider the following when buying a house:

Make Sure To “Beta” Test Your Portfolio

Beta is one measure of risk your portfolio is taking. Generally, what it measures is how risky your portfolio is to the market as a whole. For example, a portfolio that has a beta of more than one is generally going to be more risky than the stock market as a whole, and a portfolio that has a beta of less than one is going to be less risky than the stock market as a whole.

Your Three Legged Stool Is Now A Pogo Stick?

It used to be that when most people talked about their retirement, the expectation was to have a three legged stool for deriving income when you actually retired. So, where is your pension coming from in retirement? Without a pension, you’ll have to hop that pogo stick of personal savings and investments to your retirement dreams.