Archive - June 2019

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Tips to Teach Kids About Money
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Don’t Leave Money On The Table!
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What I learned at Ukulele Camp that applies to finances
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Don’t Make These Investment Mistakes!
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Talk to a Financial Planner Before Getting a Wedding Loan

Tips to Teach Kids About Money

We may not even realize it, but most of our attitudes, fears and habits around money are formed when we are kids. How much our families made, how much they spent and even how much of an allowance we got, greatly influence how we feel and react to the lack of or the abundance of the greenback.

Kids learn the basics in school — reading, writing and arithmetic. But schools avoid almost any instruction about money. If they do offer a class, it may be an elective in high school, long after money habits have been formed.

I believe it’s …

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Don’t Leave Money On The Table!

Many individuals are offered an employer-sponsored savings plan though work such as a 401(k) or 403(b). Employers who offer these plans may provide a company match. This means that the employer will add money to the employee’s account, if the employee saves a certain percentage of income. Some employers will even provide money even if the employee is not saving.

If you’re employer offers a match on your contributions, take full advantage of it. Don’t leave money on the table! This is free money – and it’s unwise to not take it.

Let’s look at an example.

Sam and Betty …

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What I learned at Ukulele Camp that applies to finances

I’m pretty die-hard about DIYing everything I can. Yes, I know there’s a lot of argument that you should pay someone to do things while you’re out earning more per hour at something else, but I don’t buy it entirely. First of all, most of us spend plenty of time scrolling Facebook, binge-watching Netflix, and staring into the refrigerator. None of that is billable time.

There are a lot of projects that just require brute force and minimum skills—I’ll paint my bedroom over a weekend before I pay someone $800 to do it. However, I draw the line at danger …

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Don’t Make These Investment Mistakes!

By Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Planner™

The investment world is a confusing, opinionated and noisy place. Here are 2 classic investment mistakes that are very common: 1) trying to time markets and 2) stock-picking your way to investment success.

Mistake One: Thinking You Can Time Markets (And Do Better Than the Average Investor)

Markets are notoriously changeable, just like the weather. There are hundreds of types of investments (asset classes) that move somewhat independently of other asset classes. These movements cannot necessarily be predicted. Sometimes there is no logical trigger that makes (example) US mid-cap stocks appreciate more than many …

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Talk to a Financial Planner Before Getting a Wedding Loan

The Washington Post reports that “Couples are taking out loans to pay for their weddings.” And while one person interviewed found that it wasn’t all that difficult to get a personal loan to pay for an engagement ring (adding that it might not be the only loan he takes out for his upcoming nuptials), he doesn’t question this decision because the loan meant he didn’t take away from his savings or investments. In his mind, a loan makes sense because it leaves his savings intact.

While that interviewee felt okay, “Financial planners say they’ve seen an uptick …

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