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*Financial Awakenings

Financial Evolution of Ebenezer Scrooge

If you were given a magic wand to change anything about yourself that would improve your financial and emotional wellbeing, what would it be? This is a hard question. It is not about changing your financial circumstances through winning the lottery or inheriting a...

Cryptocurrency In Your Portfolio, or Not?

Cryptocurrency has been getting a lot of headlines in the financial press the last few years, and I am often asked about investing in it. Many investment advisors expected the glory days of digital currency to be long over by now, yet it continues to get stronger,...

When Couples Keep Financial Secrets

How willing are you to talk about money? Many of us are perfectly willing to talk a lot about others’ money: the cost of government programs, the cost of living, our personal taxes, and public policy on taxing business profits. What we don’t talk about is our...

Financial Regulations Protect Consumers–Sometimes

The financial services field is one of the most regulated in the United States. I’m told that our regulations are as complex as those in the medical field. This makes sense; our health and our money are two important pillars of wellbeing. Preventing harm to...

Digging Yourself Out When You’re Financially Stuck

Last week’s column on being financially stuck focused on getting help. But what if, for various reasons like affordability or availability, outside help isn’t a practical option? There are some steps you can take yourself to begin getting financially...

Asking For Help When You’re Financially Stuck

What do you do as a driver if your car gets stuck in the mud or a snowbank? You probably try shoveling, rocking the car back and forth, or putting something under the wheels. Sometimes, though, you can’t get unstuck by yourself; you have to call for help. What...