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Are You Financially Ready for Retirement?

Are You Financially Ready for Retirement?

January 26, 2021

The decision to retire might be based on what your vision of retirement looks like. Is retirement a time when you just no longer work? A period that you still work part-time? Retirement may even be viewed as a stage in life to enjoy the things you did not have the time for while working. The answer to being financially ready to retire begins with your vision of retirement and it starts when you have the money to make the concept a reality.

 

This podcast episode talks about being ready financially to retire.

 

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How Big of a Problem Is Credit Card Fraud?

How Big of a Problem Is Credit Card Fraud?

January 12, 2021

You would think with advances in technology for fighting credit card fraud that the problem should be diminishing. However, this is anything but the case. Credit card fraud is a big problem that doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

 

This podcast episode talks about why credit card fraud is such a big problem and what can you do to try and avoid being a target.

 

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Managers Are Rarely Leaders

Managers Are Rarely Leaders

December 17, 2020

Although many managers in the workplace like to be labeled as a leader, this is rarely the case. There is a difference between being a manager and a true leader. 

 

This podcast episode talks about why there are so many terrible managers in the working world and why many of them are not true leaders. 

 

 

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Get Rich Working on the Internet: Scams and Fraud

Get Rich Working on the Internet: Scams and Fraud

December 11, 2020

There seem to be a lot of internet money maker experts...

Thousands of people make claims of having the secret to getting rich working on the internet. The idea sounds nice to work from the comfort of home each day while earning a comfortable living. Some might not claim the ridiculous amount of wealth that others do. However, all the so-called experts on building an online business or starting a side hustle that can make thousands of dollars each month do seem to make it sound much easier than it typically is.

 

The truth is most people are selling their secrets to online money-making success for another reason and it isn’t always to help the people buying the information.

 

This podcast episode talks about why there are so many mentors, programs, and books that want to show people how to make a fortune with an internet business.

 

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Why Do Employers Offer Severance Pay?

Why Do Employers Offer Severance Pay?

November 19, 2020

A Severance Package Is Not Offered Out of Kindness

Employers do not offer severance pay out of the kindness of their heart for a worker that is let go. A company that decides to give a parting employee severance does it to protect their interests.

Not all companies offer severance pay and it isn’t a requirement in most instances. Yet, a growing number of businesses are putting packages together for employees that are let go. What is severance pay and why are a growing number of employers choosing to offer it?

This podcast episode talks about why companies decide to offer severance packages.

 

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Why Is a Reverse Mortgage Almost Always a Bad Idea?

Why Is a Reverse Mortgage Almost Always a Bad Idea?

November 12, 2020

Considering a Reverse Mortgage?

With 1 in 5 Americans having no retirement savings, it should not come as a surprise that a reverse mortgage is sometimes something people turn to in order to try and solve a financial problem at retirement. A reverse mortgage might seem like a good way to come up with some extra money for daily living expenses, medical bills, or to provide the money needed to stay in a home. However, taking a reverse mortgage is almost always a bad idea and there are several reasons why.

 

This podcast episode talks about the dangers of taking a reverse mortgage.

 

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Politics and Sports: Do Political Views Belong in Professional Sports?

Politics and Sports: Do Political Views Belong in Professional Sports?

November 3, 2020

Most employers in America have rules. It could be a dress code or requiring employees to act a certain way on the job in which an employer wants to be portrayed. For most people in America, there are rules they must follow to be employed, and often this means sticking to actual work rather than getting involved with other employees on political or religious beliefs. 

Most employers in the real world know it is important to keep political, religious, and sexual beliefs to a minimum at work. The reason for this is because it can create division and hurt working relationships that can ultimately hurt productivity. 

It seems professional athletes and sports teams are given a special pass for drug use or being a felon. They also are able to use their time at work to let everyone know how they feel politically. They are given a pass for not following company culture or tradition. 

Everyone has the right to express themselves freely. However, politics and time in the game do not mix.

This podcast talks about why politics do not belong in professional sports.

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Don’t Take a Home Equity Loan for a College Education

Don’t Take a Home Equity Loan for a College Education

October 20, 2020

With the rising cost of a college education, it can be challenging to come up with the money to pay for higher education. Student loans, grants, scholarships, and college savings plans can all help with financing a college education. However, sometimes even with several different funding sources there just never seems to be enough money for a college education.

For a homeowner, taking out a home equity loan or line of credit can appear to be a solution to funding a college education. However, the cons of doing this will almost always outweigh the advantages for numerous different reasons.

Borrowing from the equity in a home to fund college is not a good idea. The cost of doing this could end up being the most valuable thing a person has and this is a place to live.

This podcast episode talks about why taking a home equity loan is not a good idea for funding a college education.

 

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Why Do Employees Hate Performance Reviews?

Why Do Employees Hate Performance Reviews?

October 6, 2020

The negative perception of performance reviews by employees is simply because, for the most part, they are a waste of time. The truth is performance appraisals are not in place for the benefit of employees. Performance reviews are negatively perceived by employees because for a lot of companies they are in place for control.

 

This podcast episode talks about why most people hate performance reviews at work.

 

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Are New Cars Worth the Money?

Are New Cars Worth the Money?

September 29, 2020

Aside from most new automobiles being a terrible purchase from a financial perspective, are new cars worth the money? The truth today is when you buy a new car you are paying for the technology and not necessarily the overall build quality.

The ever-changing global business model and the chase for the highest profits while continually cutting costs does not just come in the form of shopping at your local Walmart. The concept of low-quality cheap throw away consumer items doesn’t stop at the discount store. It might also be present at your local car dealership.

This podcast episode talks about the lack of quality in new cars today.

 

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