How to Save for Retirement the Right Way

Save For Retirement The Right Way

Remember when saving for retirement used to be so easy? Yea, I don’t either because I wasn’t alive back then. However, if you were, all you had to do was work 40 years at your employer, get your pension and social security and then sail off into the retirement sunset.

Today, on the other hand, it's a totally different story. It now basically falls completely on your shoulders. There are so many questions. How much should I save in my 401k? What do I even invest in? What about a Roth IRA? The list can go on and on. Let's take it step-by-step to get you moving in the right direction so you can get to retirement – or what I like to call financial independence – sooner rather than later.

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Does Your Financial Advisor Have a Conflict of Interest?

Financial Advisor Conflict Of Interest

When I got into this industry over 16 years ago, I’ll be honest and admit I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I started the Monday after I graduated from college and was thrown into the “bullpen” and told to start studying for my exams that I was to take over the next 4 months—I won’t bore you with the details.

Once I passed those, I then went through some really terrible sales training. When I returned back to the office, I was basically told to start bringing in new clients and good luck. Seriously, that was it.

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How to Find Your Unclaimed Property (CASH)

How To Find Your Unclaimed Property CASH

Ever thought somebody owed you something, but you just can’t remember what? Well, guess what, maybe someone does, and it might just be waiting for you in a state where you once lived. And, it’s actually not out of the ordinary to find your name on a state's unclaimed property list.

Believe it or not, states are holding onto BILLIONS of dollars in unclaimed property. And, because of unclaimed property laws, this money has to be returned to you if you ever come looking for it. In 2015 alone, over $3 billion was returned! Crazier than that, though, almost $8 billion was collected leaving another $5 billion uncollected. Trust me, there is a lot of it out there.

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Should I Pay Down Debt or Invest?

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The question of all questions in financial planning for individuals in their 20’s and 30’s. This is, by far, the #1 question I hear from those carrying credit card or student loan debt. It’s a great question and one that isn’t exactly black and white.

When the choice is paying down debt or investing, it comes down to a few different things. What is the interest rate on the debt? Would you be investing in a 401k that offers a match or somewhere else? What is your emotional attitude towards having debt? When does it make sense to invest over paying down debt, and is it the right emotional decision for you?

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5 Money Moves the Wealthy Live By

How the wealthy live

Let’s face it, we all want to be wealthy or at least have what I like to call financial independence. However, only a small percentage of the population achieves this dream to where money isn’t something they worry about. They’ve taken the correct actions over several years, which has given them the freedom to do as they wish.

While being wealthy or having financial independence can mean many things to different people, it comes down to what it is you want your life to look like if money weren’t an issue. Today, we will look at the 5 most important money moves that will help you achieve this journey. None of these will happen overnight, but all can be easily accomplished.

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Why Do I Even Need a Financial Advisor?

Why Do I Even Need A Financial Advisor

Great news! You don’t! Much like everything today, you can definitely go the DIY route and figure it out yourself. However, it’s not quite as easy as watching a YouTube video to fix your car, but it can be done. What it takes, though, is that precious resource we only have so much of; time.

Some people enjoy managing their financial planning and investment management, but it’s much more of a hobby than a chore for them. They enjoy the research, planning and goal setting. Most importantly though, they have the time to commit to it.

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5 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Earn Extra Cash

Today, there are more ways than ever to earn extra cash. Some are further recognized than others, and some, quite frankly, can seem a little strange.

I feel like the go-to for earning cash always used to be a garage sale. While the garage sale still works, just googling “how to earn extra cash” will provide you with more than enough ideas. And, like I said, some can seem a little off the wall.

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Three Financial Planning Tools You Should Really Know About

financial planning tools

Knowledge is power, as the old saying goes, and that's certainly true about financial planning tools. Here are three things you should know when it comes to this concept.

1. Budgeting Software: A resourceful route to take when investing your time and energy into financial planning tools is budget software, such as the free website and app called Mint.

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How to Guarantee Poor Investment Returns

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When it comes to investing, the hype seems to be around the next hot investment and the incredible returns it will surely produce. While that is all good and well (not really), no one ever seems to talk about what not to do when it comes to a good investment strategy.

I truly believe, if you can avoid making dumb decisions, then that will ensure you’re making the right decisions. Investing isn’t about finding the next Apple; it’s about not making those common mistakes so many people can’t seem to avoid.

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3 Questions YOU MUST ASK YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Questions to ask Financial Advisor

Being a financial advisor for the past 16 years, I know what lies behind the curtain in our industry. And, while things are slowly becoming more transparent, we still have a long way to go before reaching complete transparency.

As a consumer, though, you only know what you’re being told or at least how much you can find from doing your research on Google. The information is out there, but only so many people have the time to find out the right questions to ask.

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