Running Upstairs

UPWARD MOBILITY

Upward mobility: the capacity or facility for rising to a higher social or economic position. (Merriam-Webster) Not every person reading this blog strives for upward mobility, but I would wager that most of you do. It is the idea that you want to make a better life for yourself, your family, and your heirs. Some …

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Municipal Bonds

WHAT ARE MUNICIPAL BONDS?

First, a quick review of bonds in general. You might want to refer to my blog, Asset Allocation = Investment Chili. In that blog, I talked about taxable bonds—those issued by corporations to fund operations, research, or capital improvements. Bond Review Bonds represent debt, an IOU, or a loan. When you own a bond, you …

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Short Term Goals

SAVING FOR SHORT-TERM GOALS

If you follow my blogs, you will have gone through an exercise to set both short-term and long-term financial goals. (See my blogs: Set Your Investment GPS, The Battle of Needs vs Wants, and Choices.) Saving is what is meant when you set aside funds for short-term goals, those goals with timeframes shorter than 5-7 …

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Do you fear a recession

DO YOU FEAR A RECESSION?

The “R” word is appearing in news stories more and more and carries with it a sense of dread. Does talk of a recession make you afraid? Should you be afraid? What is a recession? The definition of recession is a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally …

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Consumer Beware

CONSUMER BEWARE!

At least once a week I receive an email or cell phone message that sounds like a scam and I bet you do, too. Despite television announcements, magazine and newspaper articles, and warnings posted in public places, scams and other fraudulent schemes take a toll. Investment Scams When I was an advisor in a brokerage …

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documents

LEGAL DOCUMENTS FOR EVERYONE

One of my family members recently talked with me about a will and other documents that are necessary for not only a smooth transition of her property at her death but also to appoint others to take care of important matters if she was incapacitated in some way. An incapacitating injury or disease may mean …

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bed

THE TALE OF THE BED

This is a story about a bed. You probably have a similar story. Let’s see …… Newlywed I was married between my junior and senior year in college. We were totally oblivious to the material needs and costs of life together. We did not own a car. My husband had a motorcycle, and I had …

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Saving for Education

SAVING FOR EDUCATION

Every day as I prepare breakfast, and then again at lunchtime, I watch parents drop off and later pick up their preschoolers at a church near our house. The little ones hop and skip to where their friends are playing, even if there is a foot of snow on the ground. They are always happy, …

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