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Conquering Credit Card Debt: The Snowball Technique

Debt can feel overwhelming, but the right strategy can help you manage and eliminate it. Each strategy has unique advantages and can be tailored to fit your financial situation. One popular method for paying off debt is the Snowball Technique. Let’s take a closer look: The Snowball Technique The Snowball Technique focuses on paying off […]

Becoming a Superstar Employee: Lights On, Lights Off

For graduates entering the real world with their first job, wouldn’t it be great to know how you can become a superstar to your employer? In my book, 50 Rules of Success, I discuss six habits of superstar employees. While all the rules work together to set you up as a superstar employee, I believe […]

The Tax Implications of Selling Your Home

With home prices rising significantly over the past several years, many homeowners are unsure about the tax implications of selling their homes. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers exclusions that can greatly reduce or eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of your primary residence. Here are the details: Exclusion Amount: One of […]

Understanding Real vs. Nominal Rates of Return

Investing can be complex, especially when financial terminology is introduced. One of the key concepts to grasp is the difference between real and nominal rates of return. Understanding this distinction can help investors preserve and grow their wealth effectively over time. What are Nominal and Real Rates of Return? The nominal rate of return is […]

Beware of ‘Spaving’: Learn How to Save Without Overspending

“Spaving,” a blend of “spending” and “saving,” is a marketing tactic that often lures consumers into buying more than they need. This strategy appears in promotions like “buy one, get one free,” free shipping offers, and bulk purchase discounts. While these deals can provide genuine savings, they frequently lead to unnecessary spending and financial waste. […]

A Guide to 529 Plans and Alabama’s Special Promotion

On Wednesday, May 29th, the nation celebrated 529 Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of 529 plans, a vital tool for education savings. Let’s dive in to learn more about what 529 plans are, their benefits, and an exciting promotion for Alabama residents. What is a 529 Plan? A 529 plan is […]

Financial Planning For Your Seventies and Beyond

Financial planning in your 70s takes on a new dimension, primarily balancing the need to maintain your lifestyle with the realities of aging. The following addresses the common challenges faced during this stage of life and key strategies to navigate them effectively. Manage Portfolio Risks  One of the primary challenges people face in their 70s […]

Financial Planning For Your Sixties

In your 60s, the window for planning and preparing for a comfortable retirement is getting shorter. While many people intend to keep working during their 60s and beyond, it’s important to develop a retirement mindset to ensure your finances are not vulnerable to a catastrophic setback. There are a few key financial considerations to keep […]

Financial Planning For Your Fifties

Your 50s are a pivotal time in your financial journey. With retirement on the horizon, time is precious, and big financial mistakes can be life-altering. Start planning today to help set the stage for a comfortable retirement in the future. Prepare for Retirement:   As retirement approaches, it is crucial to evaluate your savings, investments, […]

Financial Planning For Your Forties

As we reach our 40s, we face significant financial changes. It’s a time when we earn the most, but also when we encounter more financial demands from our families. Here are some tips to help you navigate this crucial time. Beginning of Peak Earnings Your 40s often mark the beginning of your peak earnings years. […]