Online Scams

The Nigerian prince email is old news. The latest generation of scams come in the form of fake websites and fake ads on social media and they’ve been surprisingly successful. The Better Business Bureau, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and the...

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Biggest Financial Regrets

You can probably guess what they are but how long do you think it takes, on average, to recover from them? The findings are from a poll sponsored by New York Life and featured in a recent blog from Barry Ritholtz: Ritholtz goes on to make an important point: people...

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A day late…

Last month was Second Hand September. Those who participated pledged not to buy new clothes for 30 days. Compared to 15 years ago, we buy 60% more items of clothing each year and keep each item for about half as long. The result? The average American throws away...

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A better mousetrap?

Have you heard of Afterpay? Klarna?? I’m guessing you will. They’re upending access to credit by offering buy now, pay later options that are particularly appealing to millennials. Why millennials? Studies show they prefer using debit cards to credit cards to avoid...

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The U.S. Government’s Gift to 3rd Decaders

By: TK Irons It’s not too early to think about the tax return you’ll file next year. Here’s an opportunity you might not know about but, before that, a few general things on taxes: File Your Return Strategically The most eager filers finish their return early - 73% of...

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Bogleheads

are the followers of Jack Bogle, Vanguard’s founder. This cult for the good of investors first surfaced in 1998 when Morningstar established the Vanguard Diehards Forum. One day in 2001 it received 100,000 postings, the most postings ever received by any Morningstar...

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Ups and Downs

We tend to pay more attention when the market drops than when it rises and it can make us nervous. Below are three charts that help to put market volatility, the ups and downs, into perspective. This first chart shows how relatively common market declines are and...

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The Cup Method

By: TK Irons Okay, for some reason, certain people grasp this concept right away, and others need to hear it a few times to keep it all straight. I hear people getting mixed up* when speaking about various investment accounts. You’ll pretty much always have three main...

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Strategic Self Investment: College

Approximately 19.9 million students enrolled in an American college in 2018. At the developing ages of 17-18, students are asked to commit to a four-year path and oftentimes a debt that haunts their lives for years afterwards. A college decision plays a crucial role...

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Lessons from Nepal

Good friends traveled to Nepal to hike the Annapurna Circuit and, while talking about their experience, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between trekking and, you guessed it, saving and investing. Their story: “Trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal is an...

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