From working within Human Resources, I realize that many people don’t understand how the whole flexible spending account thing works and how it can benefit you. You won’t be a part of that group after this post. For those who want to understand how it works, read on.
In life, when you are hitting an unseen obstacle as you try to reach your goals, it can be a very frustrating feeling. After all, life’s challenges are much easier to take on when you fully understand what you are up against. That is why people who have been rejected time and again for a[…]
Good financial advice can mean different things for different people. For some it means being able to get a hold of your financial advisor at any time, for others it means finding an advisor who explains investment options in detail and for some good financial advice equals making money. The truth is a good financial[…]
Do people with money usually flaunt or apologize for their wealth? This past week one of my good friends lost her job. As it goes in the financial industry when times are tough and companies need to increase their profit margins. She (let’s call her Amanda) has over 10 years of experience and is college[…]
Let’s be honest, your money is the product of your sweat and tears – and sometimes your blood. I think it’s safe to say that you want to find a good financial in whom you have complete and total trust. But how do you do that? The process is easy, it starts with the internet[…]
Things like spending less and earning more are extremely important, which is why those of us who write about this stuff spend so much time focusing on the topics. We want you to create an excess every month that you can then invest for the benefit of your future self. Because I have that ability,[…]
Here’s a personal confession, I’m 35 years old and I still rent an apartment. I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t she a financial planner?” Yes, I am and let me tell you that I would continue to rent forever if I could because in my personal opinion buying a home isn’t for everyone. However, with[…]
If you’ve made the mistake of thinking that a 401(k) loan and a hardship withdrawal are exactly the same, boy, are you in for a surprise. Lots of differences with major consequences exist.
When buying a home most of us do not take our time in researching and determining the best options for a mortgage. For the majority of us, our home is the most important and expensive purchase we will ever make! Right now my student loans far surpass that, but that’s beside the point. We invest[…]
It’s no secret that the American banking industry has undergone major challenges and transformations over the past two years. Institutions have closed ranks and have reduced the amount of money available to borrowers. This includes everything from declining to offer certain types of consumer loans to reducing the credit limits of millions of borrowers. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the total lending funds available to consumers fell to $433 billion in 2010, “down 51% from $887 billion in 2007”. Borrowers that make up the low end of the credit community have virtually been left with no recourse for fulfilling their short term lending needs. In stepped cash advance and payday loan establishments. […]
Until the collapse of the mortgage industry under the weight of fraud, real estate had traditionally been viewed as a safe investment vehicle. Skyrocketing prices at the height of the real estate bubble brought many buyers into real estate that were enticed by the idea that they could make money from their investments. While property prices have fallen nationwide, some savvy investors are holding on to their property and renting to tenants.
Dealing with tenants if you are not a real estate professional can be very difficult as I have documented with my tenant from hell stories. The easiest way to lose your investment in real estate is to be a lax landlord and let bad tenants run roughshod over you. Hopefully, with this handy guide, you won’t have too much trouble when you run into a bad tenant. […]
All of my life I’ve heard about diversifying your assets by having stocks and bonds. I kind of know what a stock is but the other day I wondered, just what’s a bond, and why would I want one? If you have the same questions then stay tuned for the latest installment of my basic finance course: Finance 101.
I actually own some bonds as part of my investment strategy. My last employer offered employees the ability to purchase bonds automatically through a direct payroll deduction on a monthly basis. I figured, hey, why not and allocated $100 each month for about 6 months towards bonds. They were mailed directly to my mom, and I promptly forgot about them until I bumped into an old pay stub last week. I began to wonder, just what the heck did I purchase anyway? Let’s begin with definitions. According to About.com, a bond is “simply an ‘IOU’ in which an investor agrees to loan money to a company or government in exchange for a predetermined interest rate.” Great! So who’s the investor? Well, in this case that would be me or whoever purchased bonds. Sweet! I’m an investor. Now, how do I make money from this? This is where it gets interesting. It all depends on what types on bonds you’ve purchased. […]