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Five Tips On How to Excel at Working from Home

Since a lot of people are working from home for a while and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future, I thought I'd share what I've learned after working from home for several years. I greatly enjoyed my work from home time, but there were some trade-offs that I had to learn how … Continue reading Five Tips On How to Excel at Working from Home

As a Financial Coach, Here’s Why I Cannot Stand Social Security

As a financial coach, I focus on how behaviors and mentalities affect my clients' results. I also sometimes consider how public policy affects these results as well, and sometimes have to say something about how legislators' actions affect what we can and cannot do; Social Security is just one of those policies that irks me … Continue reading As a Financial Coach, Here’s Why I Cannot Stand Social Security

Smart Financial Planning Tips for Young Adults

Guest post from Chris Haymon of Adulting Digest. Millennials are fairly well-established in the workforce, and now Generation Z, those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are now entering the workforce. Unfortunately, the BBC reports that many of today‚Äôs young adults are working more (and earning less) than previous generations did in their … Continue reading Smart Financial Planning Tips for Young Adults

One Investing Chart Shows Why the Long Term is What Really Matters

We're now in the '20s, can you believe it? Cue the jazz music and all-time stock market highs from all that investing! Well, perhaps jazz music won't be as popular as it was a century ago, but we have had a rather vibrant economy at the moment as we did in the 1920s, and the … Continue reading One Investing Chart Shows Why the Long Term is What Really Matters

The Biblical Principle of Having an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund can turn a crisis into an inconvenience. Having a big pad of liquid cash available ensures that when life throws its wrenches and curveballs your way, you and your family will be prepared. This is a sensible conclusion. Yet most Americans have little in emergency savings. One survey found that only 39% … Continue reading The Biblical Principle of Having an Emergency Fund

How to Know When You Deserve To Get a Raise

Do you want to get a raise at your job? Of course, you do! Who would say no to a bump in earnings? Well, the fact of the matter is that just getting a raise isn't so simple most of the time. Some industries have a standard cost of living adjustment or raises that come … Continue reading How to Know When You Deserve To Get a Raise

IRS Announces Tax Bracket Changes for 2020

For the 2020 tax year, the IRS has made some changed that could affect your take-home pay and total federal tax liability. MSN reports that the changes do not affect the rates themselves, but changes the income thresholds for the brackets as adjusted for inflation. In 2017, Congress changed federal income tax rates and brackets … Continue reading IRS Announces Tax Bracket Changes for 2020

Student Loans Are The Only Way to Pay for College?

Let's face it folks: no matter who you are, it's easy to see that the student loan situation is simply out of control. (Well, unless you're Sallie Mae or Navient). With all the student loan propaganda thrown our way, it's no wonder so many people believe that student loans are the only way to pay … Continue reading Student Loans Are The Only Way to Pay for College?

Should You Cash Out Your 401k Early to Pay Off Debt?

When I receive a question about cashing out the 401k to pay off debt, my short answer is generally no. The longer answer is still no as a general rule, but it may be a consideration in some very limited circumstances. Here's the rationale behind not cashing out the 401k. Sure, it may be tempting … Continue reading Should You Cash Out Your 401k Early to Pay Off Debt?

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