February 2010

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You spent HOW MUCH at Burger King?

Recent graduates are notorious for not having a freakin? clue where their money goes. If you?re going to thwart financial disaster in the adult world, you need to have a budgeting plan. Seriously, don?t even think about investing until you get a handle on this...

Will that car murder your budget?

Americans like to flaunt real or imaginary social/financial status with cars. To prove this fact of life takes no more effort than a drive through the ?other? side of town ? chances are you?ll find driveway after driveway displaying tricked out, ramped up, and chromed...

Lesson #1 – ignore the hype

If you spend much time listening to the bobble-heads on cable television?s business channels, you would think that the only form of investing that exists on this planet involves Wall Street stocks. For reasons we?ll go into later, Wall Street is not your best investment,...

Should you invest in an ETF?

While Electronically Traded Funds (ETF) aren?t the best investment in history (look to real estate for that), they are something the beginning investor should be aware of, if for no other reason than beneficial tax consequences when compared to other stock market strategies. As a...

Defend your country, save on taxes

If you thought that the only benefits to serving in the military were travel to exotic places and running gunfights with the locals, you would be wrong. Your Uncle Sam thinks that enlisted or warrant officer U.S. military personnel should not have to pay federal...

What the heck is a federal reserve?

Believe us, we wish we could have lived our entire lives and never made the acquaintance of this bunch of mental midgets but, alas, modern day life in the United States could not go on without the Federal Reserve Banking System ? at least that?s...

Paperless portfolios

Are you still a slave to your hard copy portfolio, lugging binders, folders, and pictures with you on the job interview circuit? Here?s some advice. Stop. In this brave new cyberworld of ours, some companies have turned to online portfolio banks to scout new talent....

The emergency fund saves the day.

No, it?s not Underdog this time. Today we?re going to talk about a simple little financial survival technique that you should get busy on whether a recent grad or still in school. Think you?re too cool for an emergency fund? Think again. Unless overwhelming stress...