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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Five Tips to Financial Wellness

Finances can be complex. It's easy to become overwhelmed with choices, economic theories, financial forecasters, and news reports. At times it's tempting to throw up your hands and feel like you have no control over your financial security. Life is complex too. And yet, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum" has quite a bit of common sense and validity...

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What's in Your Wallet?

You have probably seen the Capital One commercial that asks the question "What's in Your Wallet?" To my surprise, many people are walking around with a lot of information that should not be in their wallet. This summer when I was doing a credit workshop with young adults ranging in age from 18-24, I asked "by a show of hands, how many of you carry your social security card in your wallet/" No...

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

When I was a kid, I can't tell you how many times I heard my dad utter that phrase. Is that how you feel? Are you always late getting things done, and short when the rent or car payment is due? Just thinking about that, I can feel my neck and shoulders tensing up and my heart rate increasing. It's not a fun way to live, is it? In contrast to that picture, I think of my cousin. (He was o...

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Does dollar cost averaging help or hinder investors?

A few weeks ago, a friend from the Illinois Credit Union League forwarded me a page from Money Magazine that she thought I'd find interesting. It was Idea #4 from Money's article, The 6 Best Investing Ideas You've Never Heard Of , advising "Don't invest in drips and drops. Go all in." It questioned the...

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