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The Best Retirement Plans for Young Workers

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It’s not breaking news that you should be saving for retirement. Most employed people understand this fact, so hopefully, you are setting some cash aside for your golden years despite your day to day living expenses. The tricky part of retirement financial planning is figuring out how much you should actually save and where it […]

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2016 and 2017 SEP IRA Contribution Limits and Eligibility Rules

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[Updated for 2016 and 2017 limits]  A year or so after starting my small business and completing my first annual tax return that showed a slight profit, my accountant advised that I start looking into a retirement account/plan for my business in order to lower my overall tax bill and also effectively set aside some […]

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Quick and Practical Ways to Improve your Finances – Automatic Saving, Education, Refinancing to Tax Planning

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NOW is always a good time to reassess your financial situation and try and determine how you can improve your personal finances. Based on my experiences and observations, here are five simple and relatively cheap strategies to improve your finances. All it requires is a little discipline and overcoming normal procrastination that is associated when dealing […]

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Are You Missing Out on Cheaper Auto Insurance? Implement the Switch to Save Strategy

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Tis’ the holiday season and that means sales everywhere you look. This includes sales and discounts in the ultra-competitive auto insurance industry, where with only a few minutes of online clicking and typing you could literally save hundreds on your next auto insurance policy. During the holiday season auto insurance companies really ramp up their advertising and […]

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Year End Tax Moves You Can Start Making Now

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With year-end around the corner most people are far more focused on holiday shopping rather than on reducing their tax liability. But the fact is that unless you make tax saving moves before year end, you may end up paying Uncle Sam (a.k.a the IRS) a lot more than you legally have to when you […]

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Monthly Budget Comparison – Big City $10,000 vs. Small Town $4,000

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I have 2 family friends. One lives in the DC Metro Area (Bethesda, MD) and the other lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. Classic Big Town vs. Small Town. I met them over Thanksgiving and we got talking about the cost of living and how it varies so much across America. Both are married with two kids […]

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The Dow Hits All Time Highs – What This Means and Beware The Risks

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The market continued on its rampage reaching an all-time high, surpassing levels last seen before the 2008 financial crisis. This is despite Congress and the Obama administration squabbling about the impacts of sequestration and who would be blamed for a potential economic calamity due to the inefficiency of Washington. Looks like tax cuts (rises for […]

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How Long Will it Take To Become a Millionaire?

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If you are an American, the answer is about 20 years. For Mexicans it’s over to 300 years. As you can see from the graphic below, based on a  country’s median income, America still provides the best opportunity for the average Joe to get to millionaire status within their lifetime.  The calculation for the table below is rather […]

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Tax Planning for 2013 – Dealing with The Uncertainty and Making Smart Money Moves

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Being the finance wonk that I am, I rather enjoy reading some of the tax advice that the big accounting firms put out for their clients. While their target audience (based on their $250 to $500 hourly fee) is clearly higher net worth individuals, you can glean some pretty useful advice from their reports. Take […]

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When Should You Start Saving for Your Child’s College Education? Right Now.

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A set of three couples sit around an oval table, discussing the future of their newborns. A father asks, “Has anyone actually started saving for college yet?” One parent cries, “Ugh not me.” Another parent tries to explain, “No, no you got time.” But then the “smart” couple confesses and says, “On no. We’ve actually […]

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