How to Fix a Big Social Security Mistake

How to Fix a Big Social Security Mistake

If you’re nearing retirement and are worrying about having enough money, there’s a huge mistake you should know about. This big mistake is taking Social Security benefits as soon as possible. Instead of signing up to receive Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, wait until you’re 70 (if you can afford it.) Why should…
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Focus on the Big Stuff

Focus on the Big Stuff

At Define Financial, we are big fans of tracking your spending. But it’s not because we’re nerds who love spreadsheets. (Although, that is true of your humble author.) We’re big fans of tracking your spending because we think that tracking your spending can have a profound effect on your life. When you track your spending,…
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Per Stirpes & Beneficiary Designations Defined

Per Stirpes & Beneficiary Designations Defined

If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say that you’re still kicking and breathing. But, that won’t last forever. To quote social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk: You’re gonna die. As financial planners, we think that you should plan for this occasion: dying. As heartless as that may sound, consider that it’s the opposite. Planning for your…
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Do I Need Disability Insurance If I’m Near Retirement?

Do I Need Disability Insurance If I’m Near Retirement?

Do you need disability insurance if you’re nearing retirement age? Like most financial planning questions, there is no single answer for every situation. Whether or not you need disability insurance near retirement depends on a few different factors, including: how much money you plan to save over the rest of your working career, the size…
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The 7 Best San Diego Financial Advisors (2019 Update)

The 7 Best San Diego Financial Advisors (2019 Update)

Who are the best San Diego financial advisors? Glad you asked! In today’s post, I want to highlight a few that I have come to respect and admire. “You. Have. Lost. Your. Mind.” -Taylor’s wife First, pocket these free resources: 35 Critical Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor [Download the PDF] The 10 Biggest Mistakes to…
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Spend on What You Value

Spend on What You Value

At the tail end of 2017, I signed up for my first only Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament. In an effort to be competitive, I set a goal: lose 10 lbs. (This is because you compete by weight class.) Losing 10 lbs meant a strict diet of meat and vegetables. Now, as ridiculous as a strict regimen of…
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Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Why is cybersecurity so important? The internet is fraught with scammers and rip-offs. And since our entire lives live online, it’s more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself. What You Will Learn Cybersecurity 101: Use Complex PasswordsUse Anti-Virus SoftwareKeep Your Software UpdatedEnable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) to Improve CybersecurityAlways Use a VPN over…
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