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The Insidious Impact of Lifestyle Creep

What is “Lifestyle Creep?” “Lifestyle creep occurs when an individual’s standard of living improves as their discretionary income rises and former luxuries become new necessities. The rise in discretionary income can happen either through an increase in income or decrease in costs.” Lifestyle creep can occur when your young when income tends to continue to rise. […]

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The often-ignored Preliminary SAT (PSAT) – Why is the PSAT important?

So, your child is in high school. For some parents, the concerns about the next step to college begin to enter your minds. When should you begin to think about college for your child? As early at the 9th grade! Here’s why? The ignored Preliminary SAT (PSAT) can open invisible doors not imagined or seen. […]

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Journalism 101 Meets Personal Finance 101

Most people invest willy-nilly (without any planning or order). Taking some basics from journalism may help most people get better results (expectations) when they approach investing. Answers to questions about Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? “…are questions whose answers are considered basic in information gathering or problem solving.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ws . They’re very fundamental […]

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Tariffs – a Balanced Look (i.e., no politics or opinions)

“Tariffs are one of the oldest trade policy instruments, with their use dating back to at least the 18th century. Historically, the main objective of a tariff was to raise revenue (my emphasis). In fact, before ratifying the 16th Amendment in 1913 and formally creating the income tax, the U.S. government raised most of its revenue (taxes) from tariffs. Even so, […]

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Happiness and investing? Can you do both?

Happiness and investing? Can you do both?

The Happiness Equation, as it relates to investing, is an interrelationship between your perceptions and expectations of investing and events. How do you manage happiness when you can’t manage the markets or the events that influence the markets?   The inserted article below explains.   The happiness equation from Better Financial Education   Note: Your […]

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Different kinds of debt by age - some surprises!

Different kinds of debt by age – some surprises!

When it comes to debt, there are many different kinds.  There is mortgage debt (primary mortgages, second mortgages, lines of credit, etc.), vacation home or secondary residences, credit cards, education loans (both owed by students, or by parents and/or grandparents), vehicle debt, and other miscellaneous debts (e.g., loans against pensions or life insurance). I’ve written […]

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The Markets: Who Buys When People are Selling?

The Markets: Who Buys When People are Selling?

You may hear, when markets get “volatile,” that there are more sellers than buyers. Can that even happen? What does that phrase even mean? BTW, you hear it too in any market, including the real estate market.   The article below, “A Question of Equilibrium,” explains the basics of how buyers and sellers always agree […]

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The Dilemma of Troubled Adult Child Beneficiaries

Children we love grow up. Many parents with concerns about a struggling adult child are apprehensive about discussing such a sensitive topic. But broaching this subject can lead to a number of benefits for the family and for the adult child. Adult children who are struggling with addiction, irresponsibility with money, or messy marital issues […]

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