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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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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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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Numbers

NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS!

“Numbers, numbers, numbers! Everywhere I look there are numbers! I hate math, I hate numbers!” Wow! Does that sound like you? Maybe not every day, but some days? Right now, I am trying to put together all the forms and records needed to file my income tax and, I will tell you, there are days …

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Investment Risk

WHAT IS RISK?

Risk is defined as a situation involving exposure to danger, harm, or loss. You experience risk and deal with it every day in many ways. You get in your car or truck and put on a seatbelt. You go to a pharmacy and buy toothpaste and mouthwash. You wear safety googles or glasses in your …

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Happy New Year 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!

With its ups and downs, pros and cons, 2021 is now history and we start with a clean slate and a fresh start in year 2022. How exciting! We can make this year whatever we want it to be! Picture it! I am not big on new year resolutions but there are some changes that …

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Financial Steps

YOUR FIRST FINANCIAL STEP

It is exciting when a baby takes its first step! People gather around and mom or dad or grandpa or grandma records the event with a video. Even years later the viewing of that video brings smiles and sometimes tears. Your first foray into the financial world is not likely to be recorded or newsworthy, …

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