Your New Year Financial Checklist

New Years is an exciting time. It’s a moment filled with hope. We spend time with the people we love, realign ourselves, and refocus on what’s truly important in our lives. For some, this can inspire them to make some positive life changes in the coming year. We’ve heard all the typical resolutions – exercise […]

Why You Need A Financial Plan

There are a few times a year when the volume of calls to my office from people seeking financial advice goes way up. One of them is in January when New Year’s resolutions are top of mind and another is the 30 or so days leading up to the tax deadline in mid-April.The “January effect” […]

Simple Money Truth # 7: You Are Your Credit Score

Your credit score is the single most important tool institutions use to determine your creditworthiness. Without a credit score of 700 or over, you won’t get the best rates on mortgages and car loans, and you may not get that apartment or job that you dream of. Your credit score can also affect the price you pay for auto insurance. A low credit score can prevent you from getting what you want or make what you get much more expensive!

Financial Windfalls: How to Manage Sudden Wealth

An inheritance, a lottery win, a surprise payout — lucky you, a financial windfall! And yet, a quick Google search for “statistics on how people handle sudden wealth” tells a more complicated story. Results include: 1 in 3 Americans who get an inheritance blow it 70% of rich families lose their inheritance by the second […]

Budgeting for Happiness

One of our life’s many challenges is figuring what brings us joy, and how to reserve our resources for things that matter. Money and time are finite, so it seems obvious that we would want to spend them well. It isn’t always easy to know how to do this as our busy lives get in […]

Tax Tips for 2017: How to Make Tax Season Easier for Yourself Next Year

If you are like many of us, you are breathing a huge sigh of relief  that the last pesky K-1 came in and you have sent all the tax documents to your accountant. Or, if you “do-it-yourself,” you have wrangled with your tax software to the point where you have no error alerts. Yay! No […]

Women and Financial Education: Start Learning Now!

Women have something in common when it comes to their money: At some point in their lives, they will need to manage it on their own. Unfortunately many are ill-prepared to do so because they haven’t taken the time to learn about personal finances. Whether a woman is single, married, with a life-partner, divorced or widowed […]

Smart and Savvy Roth IRA Strategies Updated for 2017

Roth IRA’s are a great savings tool. Contributions aren’t deductible like with traditional IRAs, so Roth contributions don’t lower your tax bill immediately. However, the tax-free nature of any earnings, no required minimum distributions (RMD’S) and ability to withdraw your contributions at any time, tax and penalty free, make them an excellent planning and savings […]

How to Stay within Your Budget: Monitor Your Budget Busters

Budgeting,Revisited. Fee Only Financial Planner says: Develop a workable tracking system and you are more likely to stay within your budget.

Financial Housekeeping: What To Do with Those “Old” 401(k)s

There is no shame in owning multiple  401(k) or 403(b) accounts—the fact that they exist indicates a commitment to retirement savings. What may bring on a twinge of guilt (and rightfully so) is the neglect of these accounts, such as ignoring how the money is invested and leaving quarterly statements unopened. Sound familiar? Rest assured […]