The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup, November 16, 2018

Welcome to a new feature on the blog, each Friday I will share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of great articles I ran across this week. From learning some lessons from what it means being poor in the Ivy League to some of the best podcasts to help improve your life, I have you covered.

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Top Ten Ways To Avoid Bad Investments

When it comes to making investment decisions, sometimes our emotions take over for common sense. While we usually rely on our knowledge and experience to point us in the right direction, investing doesn’t always work that way.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep on the right track. While you can’t control the markets, you can control your own behavior and how you respond. When making investment decisions, it’s essential to take into account a few potential pitfalls.

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How To Overcome Your Fear Of Personal Finances

Have you ever been afraid to log into your bank account or check your credit card balances? If you’re losing sleep over your personal finances, you’re not alone. According to a Bankrate survey, 36 percent of Americans are losing sleep over money troubles.

While money anxiety can be more common than we realize, it’s important to address it sooner rather than later. Ignoring your finances will hurt you in the long run, even if it feels better to bury your head in the sand right now. Money troubles never go away unless you take charge of your situation and address them head-on.

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The NextGen Wealth Weekly Roundup, November 9, 2018

Welcome to a new feature on the blog, each Friday I will share with you interesting articles from across the web. I hope you enjoy and absolutely feel free to share and pass along.

Our Kansas City Financial Planner Weekly Roundup

If you live in Kansas City, then you just experienced our first snow of the year yesterday. And, in my opinion, hopefully, the first of many more to come. It’s always fun to see snow on the ground.

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Tips on Budgeting and Saving Money

Budgeting and saving money are closely related because budgeting is the most effective tool people use to save money. And no, budgeting isn’t just about tightening the belt and spending less. It’s about putting your money to work for you so that you prioritize and spend on the things that are most important.

So today I will be sharing with you some of the most effective tips that you can use to be successful when it comes to budgeting and saving money.

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The Ultimate Blueprint To Paying Off Your Student Loans

With student loan debt, it can seem like your payments will last forever. But, there are ways to make paying off your student loans much easier. Whether you’re in the thick of paying them off, considering taking out student loans, or somewhere in the middle, knowing the right strategies to use will save you a lot of money and stress when it comes to paying off your student loans faster.

As the second highest consumer debt, the average student loan balance tops $37,000 for the Class of 2016. If most of your paycheck goes to pay student loans because you haven’t yet met your earning potential, you can feel trapped.  There is hope, and you can get rid of your debt faster by upgrading your student loan repayment options.

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The Ultimate Guide To Financial Freedom

By now, you’ve probably heard of the FIRE movement. FIRE, which stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, is everywhere. As a matter of fact, there is even a new movie coming out called Playing With Fire. The film itself documents a young family’s journey into the FIRE subculture as they look for a way to cut down time spent working versus time spent with their family.

Financial freedom is a term used loosely, along with financial independence, and while they are very similar, they aren’t quite the same. The difference? Financial freedom allows you to completely walk away from your career without owing anyone a thing.

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Your Ultimate Health Savings Account Guide

Are you familiar with a Health Savings Account (HSA)? If you’re like most people, you’ve heard the term but you’re probably not sure what it is or if it makes sense for you.

If that’s the case, then it’s your lucky day because we’re going to dig into exactly what a Health Savings Account is and, most importantly, why I absolutely love them. So with that, let’s check out a few statistics that just might surprise you.

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Saving for Retirement - Your Step-By-Step Guide to Getting You There

When entering the job market out of college, the concept of retirement seems like a lifetime away. Most people can’t even fathom thinking about retirement let alone save for it. And others know the day is coming, but they are relaxed in the notion that it’s too early to even begin thinking about saving for retirement.

Such thinking is certainly misguided. Regardless of the confusing retirement savings types, retirement is a natural part of life. It can be a wonderful experience for many families, especially those who planned early. It’s a new chapter in life, where people get to enjoy the fruits of their labor for the next few decades.

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Retirement Income - Your Step-By-Step Guide to Not Running Out of Money

Congratulations! You’ve worked for decades to prepare for retirement and now you’re there, or almost there, ready to start what can be the most enjoyable phase of your life. Very likely, you’ve got plans to travel, see family and friends and maybe even revisit hobbies you’ve neglected for decades.

However, as you are most likely aware, you must also make plans related to your money. Specifically, you want to be sure you have enough retirement income to last you for the rest of your life.

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Why You Should Think Twice Before opening a 529 Through A Financial Advisor

Do you have a 529 plan? Do you work with a financial advisor? Do you have a 529 plan that’s managed directly through your financial advisor?

If you answered yes to the first question, then that’s perfectly fine. If you answered yes to the second question, that’s great as well. However, if you answered yes to the third question, well, that’s where I tend to differ from a lot of financial advisors… and yes, that’s coming from a financial advisor.

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How To Do A Background Check On Your Financial Advisor

In today’s day and age of the internet, you can find just about anything in no time. Looking for a restaurant nearby? Go to the internet. Need a place to get a haircut? Go to the internet. Looking for background information on a financial advisor? Yep, go to the internet.

It amazes me how we found things before we had the internet. I guess we just asked for referrals from our friends, looked things up in the phone book or drove around until we found out what we were looking for…the indignity.

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Fundrise: An Interesting Way To Invest In Real Estate

Have you ever wanted to invest in real estate? Or, maybe you’ve already tried your hand at it once, and it didn’t exactly go the way you were expecting.

I’m not sure what the appeal is to investing in real estate – being a landlord is not for me – but I do get asked the question quite a bit.

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How to Create a Pet Estate Plan

As a pet parent, you know how important it is to plan for your four-legged family members in the event that you become incapacitated or pass away. Who will take care of them and where will they go?

Pet Orphans: What Will Happen to Your Pets When You Die?

About 65 percent of American households include one or more pets, and if yours is one of them, you know that your pets are family. And like the rest of your family, they deserve for you to make them part of your estate plan.

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The Best Options For Your Old 401k(s) – A Step-by-Step Guide

So, how many different companies have been at in your working career? If you’re like most people today, you’ve probably switched jobs at least a couple times. It seems like some people can switch every six months while others can stay for years.

Regardless, it’s extremely rare to see someone who stays with the same employer for life. Things have certainly changed from the baby boomer generation.

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The Best Personal Finance Tips When Changing Jobs

Congratulations, you landed a new job! Hopefully, it’s the job of your dreams or at least a lot better than your previous one.

Now that you’ve said “I do” to your new employer, it’s now time to tackle the financial things to do when changing jobs. Don’t worry, the list isn’t overwhelming (although we certainly understand the stress of moving and changing jobs), but many of these items are time sensitive and could have a major impact if not handled correctly.

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The Dirty Little Secrets to 401k Loans

Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to reality. For many – hopefully, not you – it means paying off all the debts you racked up from your extremely generous giving. Let’s just hope you had already budgeted for it and you were merely using your credit card to get the free rewards.

Regardless of whether you have debt or not, sometimes, unknowns pop up in our lives where we need to get access to money. If you don’t have it sitting in a savings account – which I’m sure you do if you’re an avid reader of this blog – you have to find it somewhere.

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Why I’ve Realized Giving is so much better than Receiving

Don’t you remember Christmas as a kid? It was awesome! For me, it was like the best day of the year – hey, I was a kid, and I was a fan of getting cool stuff.

I remember barely being able to sleep. I’d always sneak out to see if Santa had come yet, but he never did until I fell asleep and then awoke in the morning – like really early morning. I was always so amazed I missed him. I wasn’t even asleep that long, but somehow he still came, delivered presents and didn’t make a peep – or at least wasn’t loud enough to wake me up.

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The Right Way to Save for a Big Purchase

Let’s be honest, most of us all want something we don’t have at the moment. It could be a new house, a new car, a new job, a vacation, etc. And, while it’s been proven that “experiences” bring more memories than actual physical items, it doesn’t mean we still don’t want them.

Whether it’s wanting a new house, a second house, or a dream vacation, it takes money and time to get there. That means savings on your part. And, let’s face it, we’re not that good at saving money. Most of us specialize in spending money – and we’re quite good at it.

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The Right Way to Get out of Debt

With the record amount of debt in the U.S. today, you would think it’s a just part of being a citizen. As sad as that sounds, it’s true. And, it’s not like our government is setting a great example with the millions of dollars it adds to its books every single day.

But trust me when I say this; going into debt isn’t what the cool kids are doing. Debt sucks. It’s a burden and can do irrefutable damage to not only one’s credit but more importantly, to one’s overall lifestyle.

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