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Expensive Consequences of Not Having the Dreaded Inheritance Conversation
Aug 07

Expensive Consequences of Not Having the Dreaded Inheritance Conversation

“Let’s talk about sex” — it’s not just a hit song by rap group Salt-N-Pepa, but it’s also a topic that families are more comfortable talking about compared to, say, money. Many people find it easier to discuss their weight or age than credit card debt or bank account balance. And when it comes to

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How to Ensure Your Family Will Inherit Your Property So Uncle Sam Stays Out of Their Pockets
Jul 27

How to Ensure Your Family Will Inherit Your Property So Uncle Sam Stays Out of Their Pockets

Want to make sure that after you’re gone your family inherits your property without having to deal with red tape, probate lawyers or the government? Most people find that establishing a revocable living trust allows them to better control the distribution of their estate and shelter it from all of those inconveniences. And such a

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Protect Your Money With Sometimes-Overlooked Documents
Feb 28

Protect Your Money With Sometimes-Overlooked Documents

Not everyone who is planning for the future by saving money and making investments has also set up protections for their assets if the worst happens. While many savers are prepared for the worst financially, such as a stock market crash, a big expense like a new roof on the house or massive plumbing failure,

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How to Plan Your Finances After a Divorce
Apr 04

How to Plan Your Finances After a Divorce

After a divorce, life can be difficult, especially where finances are concerned. Depending on the specifics of the divorce, you may have to reprioritize the money you have left or you may have to figure out how to start all over again from scratch. Wherever divorce has left you, you need to continue looking forward

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My Peer-to-Peer Lending Experience
Nov 30

My Peer-to-Peer Lending Experience

In 2007, I had the opportunity to travel to Sydney, Australia, to speak at an internet marketing conference with only about three weeks’ notice.  The conference organizers wanted me to talk about hiring ghostwriters to create information products, since the conference attendees were learning how to start businesses selling ebooks online. I had two children

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Take Action Now and Manage Holiday Spending
Nov 21

Take Action Now and Manage Holiday Spending

The holiday season seems to start earlier every year and it pretty much begins the moment Halloween ends. It is to your financial (and emotional!) benefit to take action now to manage your holiday spending to avoid breaking the budget. The more time you give yourself to plan, the better off you will be when

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How to Invest In Yourself
Nov 15

How to Invest In Yourself

When people think about investing, the first things that comes to mind are investments of the financial kind.  Financial investments help you build wealth and put the power of compound interest to good use. But investing in yourself is just as important as the financial investments and savings are to your future.  While you may

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Should You Demand Your Child Save Money?
Nov 09

Should You Demand Your Child Save Money?

Today kids as young as five are receiving money on a somewhat regular basis. Between allowance money for chores and the gifts from friends and relatives for special occasions, kids often have a stockpile of cash burning a hole in their pockets. As soon as a $5 or $10 falls out of their birthday cards,

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The Best Ways to Join Finances as Newlyweds/Couples
Sep 19

The Best Ways to Join Finances as Newlyweds/Couples

Whether or not to open up a joint bank account can be an emotional decision. If you want to do it, but your partner says no, it might feel like they don’t trust you. If your partner is gung-ho about a joint account, and you’re on the fence, it can feel like they’re pressuring you

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Paper Statements: The Next Fee-Laden Checking-Account Perk?
Jul 02

Paper Statements: The Next Fee-Laden Checking-Account Perk?

When technology first allowed bank customers to check their accounts online, it was widely predicted that paper account statements would become obsolete. But, they never did. Customers, it seemed, liked paper statements. But now, banks may finally kill off the dead-tree statement — by riddling them with fees.

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