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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
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The chicken ran under your feet -- do you care?

Don't put all your eggs in one basket. While this might make sense if you're a farmer, why would you care? The mental image of losing all your eggs when you trip over a running chicken can help you remember the importance of diversification with your investment portfolio. Diversification is an important investment strategy; it helps us manage business and marke...

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Tips for Choosing a Charitable Organization

In the wake of natural disasters such as the earthquake that hit Haiti last week, charitable giving is up. With so many organizations claiming to collect for relief efforts, how do you know whom to give your monies to? Through research, I found that there are a few key factors that might help you choose which efforts to support and which to stay away from. Here are a few points to consider when...

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Get organized - tax season is coming

It comes around every year, but it still catches many of us off guard: tax season. So it's time to pull together all the info that you or your tax preparer will need to complete your 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. If you find yourself scurrying each year to find records of your donations, business expenses, IRA contributions, or child care payments, this would be a great time to get prepared fo...

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A Stick or a Carrot -- Which Works Best to Reach Goals?

Did you set any goals for the New Year? I find setting goals to be relatively easy -- it's reaching the goals that is difficult. Especially those goals that require repeating behaviors week after week like losing weight or saving money. Based upon the number of articles I've recently read, it seems I'm not the only one that has trouble staying focused on my goals! Well, leave it to an e...

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