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18 February 2013

Mutual Funds: What Are They? Are They Safe? How Do I Choose?

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I want to provide you an overview to help you decide if mutual funds merit further investigation as an investment option for your portfolio by addressing the following questions: What are mutual funds? Are mutual funds a good investment vehicle? How safe is this type of investment? How do I choose a mutual fund company?

11 February 2013

3 Step Easy Debt Reduction Diet

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Warning! Stop looking for the EASY BUTTON! It ain’t there because there is no such quick fix. The reality is that debt reduction requires a serious and dedicated effort over time. Unless, you are consider the big B, bankruptcy, that is. Even then, that is definitely not an easy or desirable choice.

27 January 2013

9 Things Every New Graduate Must Buy

As you transition from the college campus to the working world, it is inevitable that you would need to spend some money on necessary items. Rather than think of what it is costing you, consider it an investment for your career and your future. Here are nine things that any new graduate like you must buy to be a professional and advance your career. Don’t get these confused with items you shouldn’t buy.

20 January 2013

5 Things a Recent College Graduate Should not Buy

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You just got your diploma and have joined the working masses. For some new graduates, entering the working world is the signal that you should go on a spending spree. After all, you have worked hard for your money. However, there is a right time to buy things that you want or need. This article lists some things that a recent college graduate should refrain from buying, especially while we are living in a tough economy.

13 January 2013

5 Ways to Manage Marriage and Money

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Marriage is a serious phase in anyone’s life. Not only will you be sharing your life with another person, but you will also be financially responsible for each other. Money can be an awkward subject to tackle especially if you are not on equal financial footing. However, with the right approach, money need not be a sore point for you as a couple.

7 January 2013

5 Investment Tips for Recent College Graduates

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People think that life after receiving that diploma is just one big party. It is a time to celebrate your independence, reaching the legal drinking age and having money of your own. Life passes you by and before you know it, you hit thirty and you still have no savings. Your twenties are all about learning about being responsible. Even if you have just recently graduated from college, you should already think about investing for your future. In fact, you should always start as early as possible.

31 December 2012

Stocking the Bomb Shelter: Is Buying in Bulk Actually Worth It?

If you like reality TV then you’ve probably seen commercials for the specialty shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and “Extreme Couponing.” While these shows may seem a little silly and a lot like a waste of time, there are those who make the concept of these shows a daily part of their lives.

24 December 2012

‘Til Debt Do You Part: Should a Hidden Financial Past Stop the Wedding? Part Two

In the first part of this article series we discussed, or rather I expounded, on the problem of marrying someone who is irresponsible with money—should you or shouldn’t you go through with the wedding if your intended spouse is keeping or has kept financial secrets from you?

23 December 2012

Getting Serious About Paying Off Your Mortgage

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For most people, paying off a mortgage is not really a priority. Given the typical timeline of 20-30 years, it’s really hard to get excited at how big a dent an extra couple thousand dollars will make. Combined with the fact that most of us will sell that home long before we own it outright, [...]

20 December 2012

Last-Minute Christmas Shopping Hurts Your Wallet

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It’s finally happened. We are now in the last week leading up to Christmas and for many shoppers (mostly men), it’s time to finally hit the stores and end the procrastination. In the next few days, last-minute shoppers will make last-minute gift purchases. However, when the dust settles, last-minute shoppers will have handed over far more money than those who started earlier.

17 December 2012

‘Til Debt Do You Part: Should a Hidden Financial Past Stop the Wedding? Part One

Congratulations! You are endeavoring to step forward onto the path of lifelong love, commitment, and togetherness with someone you cannot live without. You’ve made the wedding plans, you’ve done the responsible thing and mapped out your five year plan in detail (savings, spending, investments, mortgage, and eventually kids), and now you’re as excited as punch to share your secure and detailed plan with your future spouse. You are so excited about what the future holds for you and your beloved one until you show them your brilliant financial plan and they turn as white as a sheet.

16 December 2012

Are You Fully Prepared for Retirement?

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While I always wanted to be an adult, never have I ever wished to myself to grow old. No one ever wants to grow old. At least, no one that I’ve talked to. The primary reason is that once you reach a certain age, your body starts to wear down and costs to maintain your health go up. This is the reason that I often dread talking to my grandparents. Conversation isn’t about anything other than body ailments. Whether it is someone’s hip that is hurting or movements that they can no longer perform, it never ends. Don’t get me wrong, I love my grandparents. I just don’t want to grow old. As I think about growing old and planning for retirement, I can’t help but wonder if I am totally prepared for retirement.

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