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Avoid Costly IRA Mistakes

Investing through an IRA is a foundational method of retirement saving. Opening and contributing to an individual retirement account is not hard. That doesn’t mean IRAs are simple and easy to understand. Learning how to avoid IRA mistakes can save you money.

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Frugality: The Essential Money Survival Skill

Someone recently asked me to share my number-one financial tip that would make the greatest impact on a person’s financial well-being. For someone who can speak for hours on the topic, that’s a daunting task. I wanted to quote the late Dick Wagner’s advice to “Spend less, save more, and don’t do anything stupid,” but […]

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Bundle Charitable Giving Through Donor Advised Fund

With changes to standard and itemized deductions under the new tax law, many CPA’s and tax attorneys are recommending a strategy of bunching or bundling deductible spending into alternate years. I wrote about this approach a few weeks ago. One way to bundle charitable deductions efficiently and effortlessly is through a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). […]

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Shoplifting an Invisible, Costly Money Problem

In all my experience with problematic money behaviors, there’s one I’ve never addressed—shoplifting. It’s not discussed in the books I’ve co-authored. While I estimate that I’ve worked with or spoken to around 1000 people about their money scripts, I can’t once recall anyone mentioning a money script that they deserved to steal from retailers or […]

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Financial Advice Suitability Standard Does Not Mean What You Think

If you wanted hiking footwear, you probably would be surprised if a salesperson at an outdoors store suggested flip-flops. You would expect someone knowledgeable about hiking to recommend sturdy boots or shoes more suitable for your needs. In the same way, if you consulted someone who sells financial products, you probably would expect them to […]

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