Rethinking the College Investment

Kids entering your life? It’s never too early to start planning, we’re told. When a seven pound bundle comes through the front door with enough equipment to fill the room that used to be your office, all of a sudden planning becomes less of an option and more of a requirement. For the last couple […]

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Weekend Reading – “There Will Be Blood” Edition

This week it was announced that New York Attorney General’s office is filing civil charges against the former CEO of Bank of America Ken Lewis, saying he misled investors about Merrill Lynch when it acquired the bank in late 2008.  Whether this is politically motivated or there is legal merit, it is evident that after […]

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The REAL Reason Why the US Should Wait Generations Before Drilling

“Drill-baby-Drill” was the mantra of Sarah Palin’s speeches when she had all that momentum leading up to the dreaded Katie Couric interview where it became evident she was quite clueless in virtually every aspect of foreign policy, governance, finances and energy.  Alaska being well-known for little else brought drilling back to the national spotlight and […]

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Winners and Losers Under Obama’s New Tax Plan

Monday, the administration released their budget plan which was purported to reduce the tax burden on middle-class Americans.  There will be clear winners and losers under the plan, so here are the high points: Winners Making Work Pay tax credit—$400 for individuals, $800 for a couple filing jointly—through 2011.  This was already in place for […]

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How Much Could You Reduce Your Budget if You Get Laid Off?

In this economy, even if you think your job is safe, you’ve gotta at least have in the back of your mind, “What are some immediate steps we could take to dramatically reduce our monthly expenditures in the event of a layoff?”.  While many companies offer severance for several months, there’s no guarantee that you’ll […]

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Charitable Giving

When I was a kid, I remember listening to my Dad come home from work and frustratingly relay a story to my mom. For whatever reason, the story stuck with me and I continue to see similar behavior from people that should know better – or if they don’t know better, they should shut their […]

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Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy – Incredible Results Outlined

The time has arrived to finally unveil Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy.  If you’re wondering what it is and why it matters, in a nutshell, it has completely changed the face of trading for me – and it can for you too, if you have the access to the 2X or 3X Leveraged Funds […]

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Do People Who Speak Up Have Better Financial Outcomes in Life?

We were out to dinner Saturday night and we ordered the nachos as an appetizer at the same time as our kids’ dinner selection.  Several minutes later we placed our dinner orders (parents’ orders that is).  In fact, we always INTENTIONALLY refuse to place our dinner order with an appetizer order to avoid having our […]

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Why Pay High Credit Card Interest Rates with Low Rate Alternatives Out There?

Given the current economic environment, historical spending patterns and myriad other causes, millions of Americans are faced with mounting high interest rate credit card debt each month because the rate they’re paying on existing credit card accounts is at exorbitant rates of 20%-30%. While the most obvious alternative would be to pay down credit card […]

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