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Financial Goals for 2018

Financial Goals for 2018

Every year I try to hit different financial goals. If you go look at my last post you will see that I didn’t do the best with my financial goals for 2017. I accomplished a couple of them depending on how you measure them, but I would like to do a better job in trying to get our financial house in order. So here are my financial goals for 2018. First, pay down 10% of my debt. My debt currently…

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Should You Invest in Individual Stocks?

Should You Invest in Individual Stocks?

I have always been interested in personal finance and money. I remember I wrote a really crappy essay in high school called “Money Rules the World.” I would actually read about the stock price of my dad’s company in our local newspaper. Before I started college one of the professions I investigated was becoming a stock broker (I don’t think they even exist anymore). I watched the Dow Jones climb during the 80s and 90s and wished I could join….

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Guest Post: Why Should You Discuss Retirement Planning with Your Children?

Guest Post: Why Should You Discuss Retirement Planning with Your Children?

*From time to time I will have some smart people write guest posts for my blog. Today, we have Rick Pendykoski, who has his own retirement planning firm and has some important advice in talking with your children about retirement planning.  Saving for retirement is complicated enough when you’re single, but it gets a lot more challenging when you have children. You need to balance your financial needs against theirs at least till college, if not beyond. In all this,…

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When Is It Time to Leave?

When Is It Time to Leave?

For the record I am NOT leaving my job. I have no plans on leaving my job. Certainly, there are things I don’t like about my job, but who doesn’t have that problem. Besides I kind of have a golden handcuffs situation at my current position. I have been promoted as high as I can go and I make a decent living doing so. If I were to leave it would have to be the right situation. However, what is…

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Why I Switched to Fidelity–Updated Post

Why I Switched to Fidelity–Updated Post

*Note: This post was originally published in 2014, but based upon the recent hullabaloo with TIAA-CREF I thought I would update it a little. This post is meant to generate discussion regarding the right investment provider with the right investment products for your personal financial situation. Choosing your investment provider is one of the most important decisions people make as they move to financial independence. I mentioned in an earlier post that I am not going to be “buying back”…

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What Would You Do With a Million Dollars?

What Would You Do With a Million Dollars?

I don’t know about you but I like thought experiments. I like thinking about different kinds of questions, dreaming about what you would do about them, and then how could you get there to make those questions occur. Earlier, I opined about what would you do with $100,000? I also like asking questions about how we define things. For example, questions such as what does it mean to be rich? broke? how much money should you save, etc, are all…

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At Least Get the Free Money!

At Least Get the Free Money!

If anyone stumbles upon this blog I hope that one of the lessons they will take away from it is the importance of investing. In fact, most personal finance blogs will probably have some kind of post(s) dedicated to investing. Those topics include how much you should save (see also here, here), what I consider to the be the number one rule of personal finance, not raiding your retirement accounts, not being afraid of a financial downturn, how to evaluate…

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Change the World But Use the System to Your Advantage

Change the World But Use the System to Your Advantage

I am privileged to have a job where I get to argue for a living. It is great. I get to have some really in-depth intellectual debates with colleagues and students from across the country. I often get into very intense conversations with my colleagues at my university. In particular, I have a colleague where we often debate the economy and retirement. We “argue” but it is always done civilly. And this person is one of my closest colleagues at…

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Don’t Raid Your Retirement Accounts

Don’t Raid Your Retirement Accounts

Let’s be honest, we all run into a bad patch financially once in a while. We might lose our jobs, have extra expenses that we didn’t see coming, increased debt because of an illness or death in the family or sometimes we just plain overspend. In these situations, our immediate impulse is to get out of the jam as quickly as possible and if we don’t have the money saved in an emergency fund one of the impulses that people…

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Teachers Unite: One Leg to Stand On

Teachers Unite: One Leg to Stand On

34 months ago I started this blog to tell the world about my personal finance journey. I hoped that my story of monetary stupidity would help others not make the same mistakes I had made. This blog also became a way of keeping myself accountable with specific goals and the like. But a third reason, which I haven’t talked about a lot, that I decided to start this blog is that I didn’t see a lot personal finance blogs that…

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