Umbrella & Disability Insurance: Critical for Young Professionals

Umbrella & Disability Insurance: Critical for Young Professionals

Recently, we completed a financial plan for a young professional (we’ll call him Adam). I’m happy to say that Adam was on a good track. He was maxing out his 401(k) each year and held small taxable and Roth IRA accounts as well. Prospects were bright for Adam: at his savings rate, the retirement he…
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Dividend Investing Defined (& 5 Reasons To Stay Away)

Dividend Investing Defined (& 5 Reasons To Stay Away)

If you pay attention to financial pundits and money blogs, you have probably heard at least a handful of “experts” praise dividend investing. Let’s define dividend investing. Simply put, “dividend investing” is investing in companies that make regular cash payments to their investors. Some dividend investors roll this cash back into their investment. This allows…
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Investing Fairy Tales are Expensive

Investing Fairy Tales are Expensive

When it comes to the way you invest your hard-earned cash, you have a big choice to make. You can: A.) earn the most money possible via a solid investing strategy, or B.) enjoy and consistently rehash a neat little fairy tale about a mighty investing wizard doing magical and fanciful things with your money. Unfortunately,…
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Why the Stock Market Plunged

Why the Stock Market Plunged

A colleague on Twitter said it best: Everyone wants a fancy sounding reason for why the stock market goes down, but sometimes it’s as simple as ” because it went up a lot”. — Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) February 6, 2018 In case you missed it, the Dow dropped 4.6% yesterday, or 1175 points. It was…
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What is Bitcoin and Should Retirement Savers Invest in It?

What is Bitcoin and Should Retirement Savers Invest in It?

What is Bitcoin and should you invest in it? I’m answering both of those questions today, in plain English! My goal is to help retirement investors make an informed decision about investing in Bitcoin. So if you want to learn about this asset class and decide if it’s a good fit for your portfolio, this…
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Roth 401(k) vs Traditional 401(k)?

Roth 401(k) vs Traditional 401(k)?

If you got a tax refund of $4,500, would you spend it or invest it? If you’re like most people, you’d be thrilled to see that cash land in your account. It could pay for an awesome vacation or wipe out some credit card debt. But if you’re also investing in a 401(k), that $4,500…
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What a Trump Presidency Means for Your 401(k)

A few nights before the election, my wife and I were out for a walk with our Jack-a-Bee. The topic of the presidency came up. Our conversation went something like this: Lien, my wife: Hilary is going to win the election. Me: I wouldn’t be so sure. Lien: All the polls show Hilary is in…
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