POLL: Nearly Half of Americans Worry Bank Deposits Aren’t Safe
An increasing number of Americans are feeling discouraged over their financial futures — and nearly half don’t even trust that their bank deposits are safe, according to a new poll.
Calculator: How Will Obamacare Impact You and Your Finances?
What does the Supreme Court’s Ruling on ObamaCare mean for you? Find out here.
25 Financial Documents That Will Protect You and Your Family
With the recent passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs at the young age of 56, we are all reminded that life is fragile and can end much earlier than perhaps we planned. One of the most selfless things that we can do is to confront our mortality now, while we are healthy, and make the hard decisions about how you want our estate handled when we pass.
Meet the Richest People in America…
Despite the stalled economy, the nation’s wealthiest are worth a combined $1.53 trillion, nearly equivalent to the GDP of our neighbor Canada. Their total wealth is up 12% in the year through August 26, when we took a snapshot of everyone’s net worth, meaning these affluent folks did slightly better than the markets; the S&P 500, for instance, was up 10% in that time.
Do You Have a Financial Blueprint For Your Future?
Whether it is a lack of time, money, or interest, we seem to like to “wing it” when it comes to our financial future. Fortunately, we don’t have to have the intellect and expertise of an architect to take steps to blueprint the kind of financial future that we want. It really takes just a short amount of time to key into the “desires of our heart” (Psalm 37:4). It begins with financial goals.
5 Uncommon Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
Here are five ways you can boost your credit rating.
New Study: Americans Raiding Retirement Funds Early
Nearly one-fifth of full-time employed Americans have raided retirement accounts in the past year to cover emergencies, according to a national Bankrate survey.
Is Now the Time to Invest in Japan?
How will the earthquake affect the Japanese economy? Should you be considering an investment in the wake of the disaster? Here’s what you need to know.
5 Reasons Why Silver Will Outshine Gold in the Long Run
Silver was the first metal to be used as a currency more than 4,000 years ago. For millennia, silver has been viewed by the world as a form of money and as a store of value.
The Importance of Creating an Emergency Fund
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An emergency fund is one of the first things that people need to do immediately to help them build a successful financial plan. And no, your credit card is not an emergency fund.
Is the Dow Jones Going to 2,000? An Interview with Robert Prechter
Does Elliott Wave predict a deflationary depression or hyperinflation? Is the Dow Jones going to 2,000? Listen to the discussion with Jerry Robinson and Robert Prechter.
The Importance of Tax Management
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This week when I met with a client that is retired, I had to explain the concept of, “If you are not financially strong, then you will not be in a position to help anybody else.” If our own government would understand this concept, maybe we would not have had to experience the financial crisis we are currently in.
Should You Convert to a Roth IRA?
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The year 2010 presents a great opportunity for those folks who own a 401(k) plan or a traditional IRA. Most people who own a 401(k) have never asked their plan administrator if their plan allows them to do an in-service rollover for non hardship cases.
Shared sacrifice will be the new economic order
The laser-like focus on the global financial crisis means investors are back in contingency planning mode while the tools to fend off fiscal Armageddon are again being sharpened by governments and policy makers around the world. But, at times like these, it is important to understand where the real economic power resides, and that is with the people on Main Street.
Seven Big Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Financial Advisor
Here’s how to choose the right steward of your money.
10 Benefits of Expatriation
Everybody has their own personal reasons for expatriating, but here are some of the benefits.