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How safe is your IRA? Not from the markets, but from the State!

I discussed how inheritances can go amuck and the heirs don’t get the inheritance – the State does. This can happen while you’re still alive too! Did you know that the State can claim your IRA (or any account for that matter) due to inactivity?   A couple of articles to drive the issue home: Protect client […]

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DOW 20,000 … the more things change, the more they stay the same!

DOW 20,000. Is that good? Or is that bad? Guess what – this is simply another way point much like DOW 15,000 was, or DOW 10,000, or pick any DOW number. The Power of the Markets Markets don’t know your specific emotions and behaviors – so the markets march on ignoring them. It is best […]

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Rent vs Buy? What are the considerations?

Before you consider obtaining more debt for a mortgage, how much mortgage should you get? Lenders look at what is called your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio (with target ratio percentages). So what is your DTI ratio? This calculator determines your DTI for you and also discusses the various considerations debt may have. Both sites above help […]

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective by Thomas Sowell

“Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective” by Thomas Sowell is a great read for deeper insight into what may cause inequality and how that may even be defined in the first place. In plain English, Sowell discusses how wealth and income was distributed differently in times past. For example how ancient Rome far exceeded […]

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Need Pension Help?

You or a loved one may recall having a pension benefit but didn’t claim it or lost track of it. There are a couple of resources to help you, or you help your loved one, track it down. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) has a tool on their site to find an unclaimed pension. The site […]

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“What’s the Deal with Reverse Mortgages?”

On occasion I change my mind on a topic when the facts have changed. Reverse Mortgages are in that category. The program has undergone many improvements as a result of the Reverse Mortgage Stabilization Act of 2013. Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) are called Reverse Mortgages for short. “HECMs help seniors remain financially secure by […]

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Where did retirement at 65 come from?

Where did the idea of retirement at age 65 come from? Retirement is really a 20th Century concept since people worked on their farm until they passed away. “The story of retirement is ultimately a history of trends in labor force participation of older men (since women only entered the workforce in large numbers in […]

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How do markets work? A Simple Explanation.

Market equilibrium from Better Financial Education   Note: Your RSS feed or email may not show the embedded part of this blog … please go to the blog  to be able to read the complete post. (Note: if you’re on the home blog page please click on blog title to go to the blog post […]

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Financial Well-Being … what’s that?

No surprise, what the financial industry thinks is financial well being is quite different than what people think it is. On the surface, one would think everybody thinks of financial well-being the same. However, the industry tends to tilt the perception towards goals and/or products towards those goals. But, according to the Consumer Financial Protection […]

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Good Debt Vs. Bad Debt @AdviceIQ

Not that long ago, when people needed extra large sums of money, their home equity was their go-to source of loans. After the housing crisis, home equity almost went the way of the dodo bird. Then, the new popular source to borrow from became 401(k)s. However, borrowing to expand your standard of living is NOT SUSTAINABLE! People […]

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