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losing power at home

Losing Power at Home- A Personal Struggle

The Loss of Losing Power at Home We recently experienced losing power at home, specifically our gas-powered heat,  for a few days while away on vacation. In the aftermath, I got to thinking about how I could have been better prepared. A backup generator wouldn’t have helped in this instance because we didn’t lose electricity. […]


identity stolen by family members

Can You Avoid Having Your Identity Stolen by Family?

Having Your Identity Stolen by Family Hurts Worse Raphael’s Story Raphael was distraught and confused to learn that his son, Raphael Jr., had unknowingly and quite fraudulently signed his dad’s name to his own student loans several years back. Dad only found out about the forgery when he was denied credit and learned that Junior’s […]


risks and rewards of chasing your dreams

Life is Short: Defining the Risks and Rewards of Chasing Your Dreams

The Risks and Rewards of Chasing Your Dreams- Worth it? What is the risk of chasing your dream? There is a lot to unpack in this succinct question, so let’s take a moment to break it down: To answer the question, we must first define our dream(s); then, explain the potential risks and rewards that […]


investing in movies

Hollywood Drama Heats up as Investing in Movies Cools Off: Should You Jump in?

“Risky Business” is: A)  The title of a big Hollywood hit from the early 1980s that launched actor Tom Cruise to stardom and recorded a spectacular $63.5 million gross; B)  A description of what investing in movies may be faced with when putting money into Hollywood projects; or C)  Both. Well, if the vibe coming […]


2018 IRA alerts

2018 IRA Alerts Investors Will Want to Know

The tax prep season perennially stirs financial advisors to reach out to their retirement-minded clients to review asset allocation strategies. There are several 2018 IRA alerts and reminders that may make this tax season a little smoother for everyone. 2018 IRA Alerts May Affect Tax Season Strategies One strategy that received a boost in 2017 […]


swimming in financial debt

How to Stay Afloat When You’re Swimming in Financial Debt

Vanessa and David were swimming in financial debt. They bought real estate at the height of the market and were in over their heads. They owed credit card debt to numerous banks, had significant student loan debt, monthly daycare costs for their 2-year-old twins and owed a $20,000 personal loan to David’s parents (currently paying […]


investing in weight loss companies

Investing in Weight Loss Companies May Bring Big Gains

Invest in Your Health, and Wealth With the new year finally here, it is pretty much accepted as canon that weight loss resolutions must be made. That makes investing in weight loss companies a potentially lucrative resolution in and of itself. In fact, over 30% of Americans make a weight-related resolutions every time another year […]


recording your assets

Recording Your Assets Now Will Cover Your Ass(ets) for Later

You’re at Risk if You’re not Recording Your Assets From maintaining farmland to purchasing real estate investment properties to  owning jewelry to possessing all kinds of precious metals in general, or even delving into collecting wines and fine art and other valuables, having tangible assets can not only be a fun hobby to cultivate, but […]


living frugally

Living Frugally Makes for a Rich Life- if You’re Willing to Wait

The Fundamental Rules of Living Frugally Living a life of fiscal responsibility sounds so boring. Delayed gratification and a lifestyle of responsible spending aren’t exactly the things people are celebrating on magazine covers or TMZ Live. Yet living frugally is one of the oldest, most reliable and fastest paths to wealth. From tiny homes to […]


investing in cryptocurrency

Investing in Cryptocurrency with Bitcoin: Fad, Fraud or Fortune-Maker?

Investing in Cryptocurrency If you haven’t heard about investing in cryptocurrency, chances are high you have heard about Bitcoin. Are you one of the many who have pondered allocating some investment dollars to this mysterious but revolutionary new currency? If so, you are not alone. Many investors are wondering the same thing. Virtual currency, aka […]


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