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What A Financial Coach Hopes To Teach His Kids About Money

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Here are a few lessons that I’m trying to communicate to my children as they continue to learn and grow.


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11 Inspiring Quotes from LGBTQ Executives for a New Generation

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:35:00 -0400

Great career advice is to find out what successful people do and follow in their footsteps. These 11 business leaders share great career advice for a community that needs more business leaders.


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HUD Inspector General Finds FHA Made $1.9 Billion in Loans It Shouldn't Have

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:06:00 -0400

HUD's Office of the Inspector General criticized the FHA for extending loans to thousands who technically shouldn't be eligible because of either delinquent child support or money owed the government.


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What Is Wealth Management? A Definition That Works For Everyone

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:26:00 -0400

Most people think of Wealth Management as being applicable to Billionaires, BUT NOT SO. Everyone should manage their "Wealth" and whatever level they are at


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Is Your Credit Card Less Secure Than Ever Before?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:19:00 -0400

We explore whether credit card security is keeping up with the times, and why credit card fraud seems to be worse now more than ever.


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Would You Have Fired Warren Buffett?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:45:00 -0400

I've heard from a number of readers who invested with Warren Buffett in the mid-90s, but fired him too soon. Here's why so many people made the same mistake, and the lessons we can learn from them.


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Avoiding 7 Deadly Estate Planning Mistakes

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:20:00 -0400

Every estate plan has unique features, but the same problems and mistakes recur. Each of the classic mistakes is easy to avoid.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Get Benefits?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:46:00 -0400

Today’s post examines availability of benefits for married couples, the amount of spousal benefits, how survivor's benefits are calculated and sequencing available benefits for spouses and survivors.


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Secrets For A Successful Family Business: Planterra

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:04:00 -0400

How these brothers from Detroit keep their family business successful


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How To Make Good Health Care Decisions At The End Of Life

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:20:00 -0400

The end of life is a part of life, and we make it tougher than it needs to be. With thoughtful planning and open heartfelt conversations, hopefully the end of your life can come with a sense of peace and comfort.


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Rising Rents Put The Pinch On Millions, Says New Study

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0400

A growing number of Americans are rent-burdened, meaning they spend at least 30% of their income on housing. The trend is a dangerous one.


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Bitcoin Cash Approaches $1,000 Ahead Of Hard Fork

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:36:00 -0400

How is Bitcoin Cash's pending fork affecting crypto markets?


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Are You Financially Ready To Live To 100?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:59:00 -0400

Even wealthy investors worry about affording old age.


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The Best Songs To Listen To While Trading Large Futures And Options Contracts

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:20:00 -0400

What to play in the background while you trade derivatives contracts -- a short playlist of recommendations.


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Older Renters Are Getting Squeezed

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:24:00 -0400

A new Pew Charitable Trusts report finds a serious financial squeeze on older renters in America. Here's why and why it matters.


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Women Much Less Confident About Investing Than Men, Study Says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:03:00 -0400

Exacerbating the need for women to become adept investors is the average woman will have 39 percent higher health costs than the average man in retirement, a new report from Merrill Lynch and Age Wave warns..


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Money Magic - Finding Alpha On The Sidewalk

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:30:00 -0400

I see $10,000 to $500,000 dollar checks everywhere I look. These checks are a metaphor for strategies ––– money magic ––– that produce higher lifetime Social Security benefits and lower lifetime taxes, and, get this, transfer money from the afterlife to the here and now.


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The Top 3 Cards To Help You Start Earning Travel Rewards

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:56:00 -0400

Taking the plunge and picking your first travel rewards card to open is no easy task. Thankfully there are options to suit every taste under the sun. Depending on what path you decide to pursue, here are 3 of the best starter rewards cards on the market.


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SEC Effort To Clarify Duties Brokers Owe Investors Starts In The Fog

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:55:00 -0400

The SEC has sent out proposals for public comment to clarifyobligations broker-dealers and advisers owe investors. But comments of two Republican Commissioners at yesterday's unveiling were less than enthusiastic. To approve a final version, Republican SEC Chair Jay Clayton will need three votes.


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A Simple, Low-Cost ETF Portfolio Framework For 2018

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:33:00 -0400

With 1,700 funds available, what's a sensible way to approach building a low-cost investment portfolio for the medium-term? Here we explore four well-regarded funds that could create a robust portfolio.


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How To Boss It Like: FinTech's Céline Lazorthes, CEO At Leetchi And MangoPay

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0400

Today we meet Céline Lazorthes, the FinTech founder who's shifting billions of euros across Europe through her companies Leetchi and MangoPay (acquired by French banking group Crédit Mutuel Arkéa). A busy woman, with big ideas, Forbes asks Lazorthes how she gets it all done...


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Mint $2.5 Million Mickey Mantle Card Nearly Dumped In The Atlantic

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:32:00 -0400

In 1960 Topps' head card honcho, dumped hundreds of unsold cases of cards, including the 1952 Mantle, into the Atlantic Ocean. Today they would be worth tens of millions of dollars.


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9 Ways To Invest In Real Estate Without Buying Property

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:51:00 -0400

Make passive income with real estate. Learn 9 real estate investment options you can start today without having to manage any physical properties.


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Making Your Savings Last Through Retirement

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:32:00 -0400

This is the third blog in a three-part series that focuses on anticipating and planning for retirement, based on your current stage of life and expectations for the future.


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Many Americans Go Broke In Retirement, But Many Others Gain Wealth In Old Age

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:41:00 -0400

While many retirees outlive their assets, a surprising number have more money after two decades than when they leave their jobs. What's going on?


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Barbara Bush And Betty Ford - How Two First Ladies Mastered Unique Aspects Of End Of Life Planning

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:08:00 -0400

Dignity and ensuring that your wishes are respected is integral to end-of-life planning for all Americans. Both Barbara Bush and Betty Ford did it in their own way, likely using their health care directives and estate plans, to direct their palliative care and funeral wishes.


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Pros And Cons Of 403(b) Plans For Educators And Non-Profit Workers

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:07:00 -0400

Many educators and non-profit employees are covered by 403(b) plans, but what are they and should you use one if your employer offers it?


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How To Bounce Back After A Market Correction

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:07:00 -0400

If you've lost a significant amount in the market during this time, it is important to not panic and not react. Easier said than done, right? Hopefully, you have a plan in place that you can fall back on. The strategies listed below may give you the confidence to weather the storm.


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Here's When The Dow Will Hit 50,000

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:03:00 -0400

Let’s cut the bull about some of that stuff, and help you understand what big numbered-predictions really mean. In doing so, I hope to focus you on what really matters, which is percentage rate changes in the values of portfolios, securities and market indexes, not their actual raw number value.


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Vast Majority Of Elder Financial Abuse By Guardians Can Be Prevented, Experts Tell Senate

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:47:00 -0400

Ways experts say elder financial abuse by guardians could be reduced include employing less restrictive controls and adopting temporary guardianships more often.


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Why Facebook Needs A Bill Of Rights

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:41:00 -0400

If Facebook would take the approach enshrined in our Bill of Rights and guarantee the right to free speech, they can extend a fundamental human right to 2 billion people.


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TransferWise Borderless Banking Bonks Blistering Bank Fees

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:03:00 -0400

TransferWise has released some mobile app updates, as well as a report highlighting how much we hate, and try to avoid, bank fees.


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How To Stay In Your Circle Of Competence When Investing In Real Estate

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:58:00 -0400

Regardless of the hypnotizing yield, I will continue to own shares in companies that can demonstrate a history of dividend growth.


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You'll Be Shocked to See The Deductions You've Lost Under The New Tax Bill

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:52:00 -0400

There are literally scores of smaller deductions that you were previously able to itemize that will not be available in 2018, or 2019 at the latest.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can My Wife File Based On My Record?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:28:00 -0400

Today’s post examines benefit availability on the record of foreigners who've paid into Social Security, the effect of working on benefit amounts, the availability of divorced spousal benefits, sequencing divorced widow's and retirement benefits and the nature of Social Security.


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Looking To Buy A Home In Texas? These Cities Are The Best Investments

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:12:00 -0400

Texas might as well be called the United States of Texas because of the broad range of real estate markets and is a microcosm of what's happening in the rest of the US - more of the growth, population, and real estate opportunity getting concentrated in fewer, larger markets


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5 Tools To Track Your Asset Allocation

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:07:00 -0400

Keeping an eye on our asset allocation across multiple retirement and taxable accounts can be a headache. These five tools make tracking your asset allocation and rebalancing your portfolio a breeze.


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What Is The Most I Can Receive From My Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:38:00 -0400

Looking to maximize your Social Security Benefits? We share some tips on how to get the largest Social Security check. Also how to figure out what you are entitled to for retirement from Social Security Benefits. You've earned it.


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Two Years Later, Prince's Heirs Have Still Not Received A Penny Of His Estate

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:45:00 -0400

Two years later, bankers, lawyers, and consultants have earned millions from Princes estate. But his heirs haven't received a penny. Why?


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The Real Reason For Bank Stock Stutter: Flattened Yield Curve

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:34:00 -0400

The major issue for banks stock investors to decide is whether banks now deserve to sell much above book value and 60% of the S&P 500 Index. The market sells at 18 times earnings, priced approximately at 2 times book value.


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IRS: April 18 Is The New Tax Day, Computers Back Online

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:34:00 -0400

IRS says taxpayers have until Wednesday, April 18, to file their 2017 tax returns.


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How To Make Sure You'll Be A Burden To Your Children As You Age

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:32:00 -0400

Most of us don't want to burden our children. But if we live without taking proper care of ourselves, we are more likely to need long term care and the burden is very likely to fall on our adult children. Making better lifestyle choices is likely to protect us from that need.


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Brookings: No Agreement Among Global Regulators How To Treat Cryptocurrencies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:40:00 -0400

Central banks have yet to come up with a harmonized way of approaching cryptocurrencies, a Brookings analysis has found. The chaos is even within some nations that have gone back and forth on how to treat crypto, a study from the think tank found.


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More Buzz Than Action With Financial Wellness?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:52:00 -0400

Why financial wellness has yet to take off and three ideas to help employers get started today.


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3 Simple Tools To Help With Your Crypto Taxes - You Still Have Time

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:55:00 -0400

Some people still think the crypto exchanges operate in a gray area, but the IRS doesn't see it that way. If you’re confused about what your crypto tax liability may be for the past year, these three tools can help.


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This Is The Ultimate Travel Bucket List For 2018

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:08:00 -0400

Get ready for some serious wanderlust.


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6 Misunderstood IRA Rules And Strategies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:30:00 -0400

IRAs seemed simple when we opened them, but the tax rules are much more complicated when we're 50 or older.


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Joe Montana's Surprising 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mayfield Top QB

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:49:00 -0400

Joe Montana on the NFL draft, losing his football cards in the California fire, and autographing a fan's arm.


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Republican Senate Budget Chairman: Let's Give Up On Budgets

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:57:00 -0400

With a self-made fiscal disaster that Congress forged from irresponsible tax cuts and spending hikes as an excuse, now Republicans want to claim that the budgeting process is the problem. It's not. The problem is the people behind the process.


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Investment Management And Financial Planning Are Not The Same

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Investment management is merely a part of financial planning. It should be incorporated as a part of your financial life -- it needs to be properly incorporated with the rest of your financial concerns.


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Trump SEC May Legitimize Worst Abuses By Brokers, Warns Author Of Obama Fiduciary Rule

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:05:00 -0400

In what seems destined to be the SEC's first major rule making impacting a wide range of investors under Chair Jay Clayton, the Commission is set to propose standards for broker-dealers. But an Obama Administration official said she is worried the regulator could legitimize current abuses.


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7 Cities Where You Can Own A Home For Under $1,000 A Month

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Find out which cities remain affordable amid today's skyrocketing prices.


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Britain's Metro Bank Has Beaten Digital Challenger Monzo To Launch An AI Which Helps You Spend Smart

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0400

Metro Bank's new Insights will spot if you're overspending, and use AI to help manage your money.


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YY: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:19:00 -0400

YY is cheaper than dirt thanks to the noisy shouting on China trade and tariffs


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Winter Of Bitcoin, Spring Of Demise?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:32:00 -0400

It is a natural human emotion to want to be successful, and to many that includes amassing wealth that cannot be outlived. I feel that many in the investment community are setting themselves up for failure and are destined to be on the wrong side of market history.


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70% Of College Students Damage Their Credit Shortly After Graduating

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:36:00 -0400

College graduates start their financial history on a very bad note by making some basic mistakes


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The 3 Steps To Destroy Wealth During Market Volatility

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:27:00 -0400

If you’ve recently turned on the news to see the stock market dropping, you may have felt a sudden spike in blood pressure and an urge to act. Here's how those emotional reactions will destroy your wealth.


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The Threat Of A Trade War With China That Nobody Is Talking About

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:01:00 -0400

Trade and tariffs are all over the news because President Trump is going after China.


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The Card You Need Before You Make Your Next Rental Car Reservation

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Redeeming your hard earned miles towards the cost of a rental car usually represents a poor value, but there are other ways you can save money. The Chase Sapphire Preferred offers primary rental car coverage that could end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your next trip.


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Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Suspend To Increase My Benefit While Getting Spousal?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400

Today’s post addresses potential ways to sequence available benefits, when the earnings test does and does not apply, children's benefits and disability benefits, sequencing survivor's and retirement benefits and how filing early can affect other potentially available benefits.


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How Market Will Tame Bitcoin, Cryptos

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:08:00 -0400

Bitcoin and other cryptos are getting clobbered. Here's what you need to know.


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Valuing Cryptocurrency Assets Warned As Thorny For Financial Advisers

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:05:00 -0400

Vatuation of Bitcoin and other cryptoassets can be tricky, financial advisers are warned.


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The Shocking New Scam You Need To Know About: Money Transfers

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400

Home buyers beware scammers are out to rip of your down payment.


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On Tax Day, Report Offshore Accounts Too

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:53:00 -0400

Offshore accounts require special forms in addition to filing your tax return, and these FBAR forms are also due April 17th.


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Surprise...Your Credit Score May Rise Next Month

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:02:00 -0400

Your credit score may increase next month. Here’s why.


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Sleep Well At Night With This Monthly Dividend-Paying REIT

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

In addition to more frequent compounding, monthly paying companies (like LTC) also offer less market risk. With an annual distribution, you have just one day a year to buy additional shares via a dividend reinvestment program.


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10 Smart Ways To Save Money On Your Next Trip

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400

Budget travel expert Pauline Frommer tells how to save money and travel cheap.


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Republicans, After Getting A Tiny Cut, No Longer Think They're Overtaxed

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:05:00 -0400

People, particularly Republicans, feel far less negative about taxes than they have in a long time. The problem is that they don't really know how much they will save and estimates suggest it is relatively little.


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Taking Advantage Of All The NAFTA Noise Through Mexican Bonds

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:12:00 -0400

If we use Mexico as a case study on the impact of renegotiating trade deals, then look at the Mexican bond yield curve. The short-term noise surrounding NAFTA can be a huge opportunity.


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Billionaire Bruce Flatt Reveals Brookfield's Huge Bet On China's Ascendance

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:30:00 -0400

Amid talk of trade wars and tariffs, globetrotting billionaire Bruce Flatt says Brookfield will plow a third of its assets into China in the next quarter century. Inside the plan of the $285 billion in assets investing giant.


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3 Tax Steps To Take In The Next 3 Days

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:00:00 -0400

If you’re relieved that you have two more days to file your taxes, don’t neglect the other things you can do over the next few days.


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Los Angeles Tops Our List Of The Worst Cities For Renters In 2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400

High average rent combined with low affordability and vacancy rates push The City of Angels to the top of Forbes' annual ranking of renter woe.


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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Tops Our 2018 List Of The Best Places To Rent

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400

Reasonably priced apartments, coupled with strong population growth and ample employment opportunities, earn the area the top spot


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Understanding The Cryptocurrency Space On A Holistic Scale

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400

There are hundreds of whitepapers out there, but how do you really evaluate whether a company has merit? Crypto-pioneer Dean Sutton breaks down the space and what you should be looking for when entering the market.


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Red Flags That Could Trigger An IRS Tax Audit

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

The chances of a tax audit have been declining, but these items could make your return more likely to be in the crosshairs of the IRS


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The YOLO Mistake Many Millennials Are Making

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:35:00 -0400

The travel bug is easy to catch and hard to shake, and Millennials love to travel. Against their long-term, best interest, what are Millennials sacrificing in financial security tomorrow for satiating their wanderlust today?


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How To Track Down That Lost 401(k) Or Pension

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:32:00 -0400

Feel like you are missing some of your old retirement accounts? You are a not alone, here are some tips to track down missing pension of 401(K) accounts. You saved the money make it work for you.


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Saying Housing Drives Income Inequality Misses Some Big Points

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0400

Some argue that a disparity in home prices over time, with some areas growing more desirable and pricey, is the main cause of income inequality. But the position has some significant flaws.


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Bitcoin And Cryptocurrency: Unsuitable At Any Speed

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:25:00 -0400

Compliance officers shouldn't allow cryptocurrency investments because they are inherently unsuitable.


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A Procrastinator's Checklist For Last-Minute Filing Of 2017 Tax Returns

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:22:00 -0400

With tax returns due in a few days, millions will rush to complete their taxes over the weekend. If that's you, here is a checklist to help make sure you don't miss anything on your returns.


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Seasoned Fund Managers Have Done Better Than You Think

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:28:00 -0400

54% of mutual funds where the manager's tenure was at least five years beat the S&P 500 after all fund expenses. Here's what to make of this.


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Will Bitcoin Reach $25,000 This Year?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:22:00 -0400

Will Bitcoin rise to $25,000 this year?


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The Best Way To Handle Required Minimum Distributions

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:30:00 -0400

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act should change the way most people make charitable gifts, especially retirees.


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Ask Larry: How Much Does Delaying Increase My Benefit?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:58:00 -0400

Today’s post addresses delayed retirement credits, managing available benefits, benefits for disabled children, the nine month requirement for survivor's benefits and whether names changes can affect benefit eligibility and amount.


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Why Hedge Funds Don't Suck After All, Despite Trailing The Market

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:41:00 -0400

Hedge funds, pilloried for trailing the market, are better than you think. They protect your downside and add diversification. And some still score big.


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What Are The 7 Highest-Risk Cryptocurrencies?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:18:00 -0400

Some digital currencies are riskier than others. Here's a list of the riskiest ones.


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Yes, The Coverdell ESA Still Exists - And Here's Why You Should Care

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:00:00 -0400

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts are tax-advantaged vehicles designed to help families save for elementary, secondary and college expenses. They operate very similar to 529 savings plans, while also offering some additional unique benefits.


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3 Lodging REITs To Help You Sleep Well at Night

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400

I reserve my highest REIT ratings for companies with growing dividends , wide moats, and of course a wide margin of safety (that’s “intelligent REIT investing”).


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'The Bulls Are Back' As Bitcoin Prices Surge

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:41:00 -0400

Has optimism returned to crypto markets?


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Financial Advisors Warned About Common Overbilling Practices By SEC

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:44:00 -0400

The SEC warned advisors to avoid common overbilling practices Thursday.


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Last-Minute IRA Funding? Some Pitfalls To Be Aware Of

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:44:00 -0400

You have until Tax Day to fund your IRA for the previous year – for 2017, it’s April 17, 2018. If you decide to maximize this planning opportunity, here are a couple of pitfalls to be aware of.


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CFPB Chief: I Could Make Consumer Complaints Secret

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:24:00 -0400

I could make consumer complaints to the CFPB secret, the agency's acting chief Mick Mulvaney told the Senate Banking Committe today


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