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The stock market has been a bit tumultuous during the last few days and this type of market can often lead many investors to make mistakes that could have drastic consequences on their financial future. The keys to surviving a stormy market are relatively easy to do.  Surprisingly, a lot of the effort should be done prior to any market downturn. 

In the next few weeks, several thousand college freshmen will be arriving on campus excited to start the next chapter in their life. An often overlooked aspect of this new life is the financial wisdom needed for this new found freed.  Following are five tips for parents to share with their college bound children.

Categories: Money Matters, Planning

Getting financial advice is often overlooked for important life events and sometimes you really need advice from other professionals too.  Many times we don’t realize that certain events have many other consequences that are beyond our base of knowledge.  Knowing when to seek advice is really an important skill to develop.

We have all heard that debt is bad, but realistically almost everyone has to have debt. Not many people can really afford to pay cash for a home or a car.  Knowing the difference between good debt and bad debt is a key to financial success.  

We all come from different backgrounds, have had different life experiences and are probably in different stages of life.  We do however have one thing common despite all of our difference.  If we are not where we want to be financially, it is usually ourselves that we have to blame.  

In today’s do it yourself world it can be easy to feel that financial advice can be found by searching online.  Much of that mentality is driven by the belief that financial planners are just for those that are rich.  Debunking the myths about who really needs financial advisors and the best way to find the right advisor is an important discussion.

Categories: Finances, Money Matters

For most people in a financial crisis, their crisis didn’t happen overnight.  Usually there are warning signs even 2 – 3 years in advance pointing to the impending financial troubles.  Knowing these signs can help you detect potential problems earlier and hopefully help you avoid or at less minimize the financial difficulties.

Categories: Money Matters, Planning

Whether you established a plan at the beginning of the year or not a midyear review of your finances can be very beneficial for your financial health going forward.  There is still plenty of time to develop strategies to resolve any problems that could be looming in the future.

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