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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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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Why Does It Seem Like My 401k Isn’t Growing?

Why 401k not growing

This seems to be one of the most common questions I have asked to me on a regular basis. It’s certainly a fair question and one that’s probably gone through my head a few times.

Now that we live in more of an “instant gratification – what have you done for me lately world” we expect to see results immediately. While there are times you’ll actually notice faster growth within your investments because of a specific sector or company, for the most part it’s basically like watching a tree grow.

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How to Make a Budget Bearable

How to make a budget bearable

The budget. To many, it is simply known as the “b” word. The budget has turned into this scary thing that few people dare to discuss.

I’m not sure if it’s just overwhelming to think about tracking or if people fear seeing where they’re spending their money. Regardless of the reason, the budget is the foundation to anyone’s personal financial situation.

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5 Interesting Things I’ve Learned From Being a Financial Advisor

Things Ive learned as a financial advisor

Crazy enough, but I’ve been a financial planner, financial advisor, wealth advisor (the list goes on and on) for 16 years now. I’ve seen a lot over that time frame, both good and bad.

Getting into this industry in 2001 when the tech bubble was beginning to burst was quite an interesting time. I didn’t think I would see anything like it again, but then came the housing bubble of 08-09. Yet, since that time we have seen quite the run-up and one that we’re still riding to this day.

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To Hell with New Year's Resolutions, Just Form One Good Habit

Form Good Habits

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming? It’s only a few days into the year, so I’m sure they’re going great. Or are they?

If you missed last week’s post, Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck, you know my opinion of them. Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are destined to fail even before the year begins. If you’re one of the rare few who can accomplish them, then more power to you. If not, keep on reading.

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Why New Year's Resolutions Suck

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Every single year millions of people start the New Year with high hopes of finally achieving their resolutions. For some reason, they’re actually going to accomplish them because this year is going to be different.

They’re not going about it any different from previous years, but for some reason this year they’re finally going to be able to check that resolution off the list. I feel like this is the exact definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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Why the Heck Don't You Use a Rewards Credit Card? 

Rewards Credit Cards

I’m not sure if I have a problem, but I am always curious to see what type of credit card people use when checking out. I certainly see a wide variety, but inevitably I see a lot of non-rewards type credit cards and debit cards.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am sure I’ve misidentified plenty and also know there are debit cards that offer some sort of cashback. And I will admit, this definitely wasn’t any kind of a scientific experiment, but I feel like I’ve been doing this for quite a while (hopefully, this doesn’t put me in creepy status).

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Why Shouldn't We Discuss Personal Finances with Friends?

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You’re sitting at happy hour and then all of sudden that one friend brings up a conversation that has to do with money. All of a sudden you start fidgeting, sweating and feeling completely awkward. But why do so many people feel this way when it comes to discussing personal finances with friends?

We literally discuss every taboo subject in the world with our friends. Whether it’s someone going through a divorce, rumors of infidelity, your kids driving you crazy, how much you can’t stand your spouse, etc. We’re even more than happy to discuss other people’s finances.

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How 15 Minutes Could Get You 15 Times the Return

Best Online Savings Accounts

No, this isn’t some kind of get rich scheme that I’m pitching but rather something everyone who has a savings account should really consider. According to gobankingrates.com, as of April 2016, the average savings account interest rate was only .06%. That’s right, only .06%!

Believe it or not, though, I have seen many clients who branch at their local (insert giant bank name here) earning a measly .01%. That means if you had $50,000 sitting in a savings account there, your annual interest would add up to a whopping $5!

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One of the Biggest Pitfalls to Maxing Out Your 401k Early in the Year

Biggest Pitfall to Maxing Out 401k

First of all, congratulations that you are able to max out your 401k. Whether it’s $18,000 if you are under 50 years old or $24,000 if you’re over 50, that is a lot of money to sock away on an annual basis.

Now that we have established you're contributing the max, the next question I ask is do you receive matching contributions from your employer? If the answer is yes, another congratulations are in order because not all employers provide a company match.

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