Compound Interest: The Good and the Bad

Compound interest is like a superpower: It can be used for either good or evil. The sentiment can be summed up in a famous quote by Albert Einstein, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.” Money Stacking

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Volatile Markets: Here’s How to React

Newcomers to investing have enjoyed a long period of largely uninterrupted gains. They may not be as familiar with the inevitably volatile market that more experienced investors have endured. Stock Market Volatility For the less experienced, a volatile market refers to times when the common ups and downs in the

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Why Investors Should be Excited About 2020 Stocks

While past performance does not guarantee how a stock will perform in the future, many of the fundamentals that led to a healthy stock market in 2019 remain in place for 2020. Consumer spending, job growth, increased borrowing, decreasing trade tensions and corporate spending/investment are all fueling optimism about stocks

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How to Spot Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

More than 45 million Americans are drowning in almost $1.6 trillion in combined student loan debt, with the average person carrying a balance of nearly $33,000. With such a large number of people feeling the stress of this financial burden, it’s not surprising that there are scammers taking advantage of

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How to Deal if You Owe Back Taxes

There are very few things that are as scary as owing back taxes to the big, bad IRS. The IRS is a very powerful organization that can take harsh action, including garnishing wages, to make sure they collect what they are owed on their terms. If you cannot pay what

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Can Your Investments Help the Environment?

As I was talking with one my hippie clients – I lovingly call her a hippie because she’s a vegan, doesn’t drive, and is an advocate for climate change – she made very clear to me that her portfolio must not contain any oil, gas or coal companies, as they

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Why You Should File Your Tax Return Early

You’ve heard the saying about how the early bird gets the worm. During tax season, getting the worm means getting your money faster. This extra cash could help pay off those Christmas bills, go toward savings for an unexpected medical or auto expense, fund an investment, or pay for a

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Ethical Investing: Making Money While Doing Good

With all the global tragedies we’re experiencing as a result of climate change – wildfires in Australia and California, extreme weather across every continent – there has never been a better time to consider the consequences of our environmental footprint on this planet. On an individual basis, many people are

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