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Financial Briefs

Home Equity Loan Vs Home Equity Line of Credit – Which is Right for You

With home values finally recovering from their steep declines of the last half decade, and interest rates still hovering around their historic lows, homeowners are, once again, looking to their home equity for financing.

Rollovers Series - should I or should I not roll-over?

When you change jobs, everything you need to take with you can usually be packed neatly into a couple boxes for your move - everything except your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Of course, you will likely enroll in your new employer’s retirement plan, but the decision as to what to do with your existing 401k plan may not be all that clear.

How to Create Order out of Chaos with Your Financial Records

It should not take the filing of a tax return or a death in the family to finally create order out of paper chaos so you are not forced to scramble in those critical circumstances. The chances of making costly errors are too great not to take some very simple, albeit essential, measures to get and stay organized all year long.

The Future of Online Banking is Here

Unquestionably, the Internet has changed everything, making our lives easier and more productive as we cruise at digital speed down the information highway. No other activity better exemplifies the transformation in our daily lives as does online banking which give us instant, and, with smart phone technology, around the clock access to most any service we require of our banks.

Self-Attribution Bias Clouds Investor Reality

Some, stockbrokers, stock analysts, investment gurus and individual investors will have you believe that investing is an art, requiring nuanced skill and timing based on information that only they possess. So, it’s not surprising they are very quick to attribute any successes they have to their individual abilities.

Warren Buffet Retirement Planning Rules: What Would Warren Buffet Do?

Everyone can learn some valuable lessons from Warren Buffet, arguably the most successful investor of all time. Buffet has two strict rules about investing that anyone would find, well, frustratingly simplistic.

Saving Versus Paying Off Debt

The saving versus paying off debt is an age-old quandary that has plagued people since the advent of consumer debt. Pose this question to a group of financial planners and the responses will be split, roughly down the middle. While there might be as many advocates for savings as there would be for paying down debt, the broad consensus will likely be that it really depends on the situation.

Longevity Risk: The Biggest Real Retirement Risk You Haven’t Covered

This isn’t our parents’ or grandparents’ retirement anymore. Just a few decades ago, many retirees enjoyed the full benefits of the “three-legged stool” of retirement provide by guaranteed pension payments, savings, and Social Security.

Why You Need an Investment Coach

If you believe some of the world’s greatest investors, such as Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffet, it’s not investments that cause people to lose money; rather, it’s people who cause people to lose their money. What is meant by that is investing with sound principles and intelligent practices will always have a greater likelihood of success.

Family Business vs Family Boundaries – Is the Health of Your Business at Risk?

For over 200 years, family businesses have been at the core of wealth creation in America. Family business founders take the leap of faith to launch their business venture, often risking everything, and then spend their waking hours to realize their vision.

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