Dividend Aristocrats 2013 | What type of royalty stock is this?

Earlier this year I was doing my daily morning routine of monitoring my stocks with Google Finance when a news title caught my eye. “S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats 2013….” is what made me click on the article. S&P500 is familiar to me but I had never heard of Dividend Aristocrats, so I thought I’d check […]

Is Private School The Right Choice For My Family?

Intellectual stimulation, one of the purposes behind school. And now the greatest question of them all – what kind of school is best for my family? I don’t have any children so it’s not a decision I need to make right now. I do like to plan ahead and reading all these personal finance blogs […]

Divorce, Mortgages and Your Money: What To Do Financially If You’re Left Out in the Cold

No one embarks on marriage with divorce in mind, but the reality is that more than half of all marriage will fail. For some, divorce is amicable while others go through years of messy heartache and pain. What to do financially following a divorce may leave a few questions unanswered.  Divorce and Personal Finances Open […]

When You’ll Finally Care About Your Credit Score

I’ve seen a lot out there about how to fix your credit score, how to stop destroying your credit score, and how to check your credit score. If everyone knows that credit scores are such a big deal, then why are people struggling with them? Well, yes, for one they are somewhat complicated to understand. […]

Too Much Arguing? 5 Financial Arguments to Avoid With Family & Friends

Hey, face it. Financial arguments are a reality. It’s unfortunate. The truth is that finances are rarely the true center of an argument – it’s the way the two parties handle the situation. Misunderstandings, poor communication, or someone venturing out too far on their own can cause sticky money situations. You’ll never have a say […]

How Investors Lose Out To Emotion [Infographic]

Investor emotion can be a dangerous thing. Without insight, knowledge, and setting parameters and limits, emotions can flood even the sharpest investor. A key is to remove as much of the emotional component as you can (setting limits, stops, etc). How do investors lose to emotion? Euphoria leads to Confidence: A buyer jumps in and […]

Pitfalls for First-Time Homebuyers [Infographic]

You may be surprised to hear how many single people are entering the housing market and buying a home.  The Nation Association of Realtors said in 2012 that 25% of all home purchases last year were made by solo homebuyers. That may seem a bit surprising as it is often difficult for single-income households to […]

Thinking Ahead – Planning For Your Kids Financial Future

How many thumbs up does our school system get for providing a financial education to our kids – zero. I wish I could say two thumbs up, but sadly…nothing is taught. You’d think banking and understanding credit would be required. You won’t find it though. Our educational system is woefully inadequate when it comes to […]

Getting Courage To Look Ahead and Take Action for Your Retirement

If you’ve been pondering retirement and what you’re going to do in your golden years then you’ve probably come up with a few ideas. The most common strategies available are a 401k plan, pension plan, IRA’s (Roth or Traditional) and investing in the stock market. For a few their strategy might be relying on social […]

Inspiration To Trump Fear and Take Your Money Further

Right now I’m laying in bed with a cold craving chicken nuggets. I hate McDonald’s and all it’s done to fast track the assault on healthy eating. Yet, I still love me some McNuggets. I was sick enough that for second breakfast (lunchtime) I cooked bacon and eggs. Well, 2 egg whites, 2 whole eggs, […]