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10 Considerations for Choosing Mutual Funds

10 Considerations for Choosing Mutual Funds

February 27, 2020

Mutual funds can be a great choice for investing. They offer a number of advantages over other types of investments and are a popular choice for retirement planning. When it comes to choosing the right mutual funds, it can be difficult navigating all of the choices available. There are thousands of mutual funds to pick from and company retirement plans likely only have a limited amount of these available for selection. How do you choose the right mix of mutual funds when you are investing?

 

This podcast episode looks at 10 things to consider when choosing mutual funds.

 

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Dining Out Can Make You Broke

Dining Out Can Make You Broke

February 24, 2020

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,700 per year on groceries and dining out. For the people living in the suburbs of big cities, food is the third biggest expense. Residents of major cities tend to spend more on food than anything else except a place to live.

There is nothing wrong with eating out, but doing it several nights each and every week will be costly. Most people eat out a majority of the time due to convenience, but it does not have to take a lot of time to eat more at home. It won’t only save a lot of money, but it will make you healthier.

This podcast episode looks at the high cost of eating out.

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Is It Selfish Not to Pay for Your Kids’ College?

Is It Selfish Not to Pay for Your Kids’ College?

February 20, 2020

Not every young adult needs to go to college nor should everyone get a college education. However, giving someone at least the opportunity for a college education can make a difference in their life.

 

This podcast episode answers the question "Is It Selfish Not to Pay for Kids' College?

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25 Questions to Interview Your Potential Financial Advisor

25 Questions to Interview Your Potential Financial Advisor

February 17, 2020

Hiring a qualified financial professional can be challenging. You might get a referral from a friend or relative. A co-worker might even suggest an advisor they work with. Yet, how do you know the referral is the right person for you? Are they qualified, trustworthy and do they have integrity?

This podcast episode covers twenty-five questions to ask a financial professional you might be considering hiring to manage your investments.

 

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What is a 529 College Savings Plan and Should You Start One?

What is a 529 College Savings Plan and Should You Start One?

February 13, 2020

The benefit of attending college can be a valuable one. It is a good time for a person to learn about themselves and their interests. However, the cost of a college education can be high and leave a mountain of debt for years following graduation. Saving for attending college should be part of any financial plan if there is an intention to go to school in the future. This is particularly the case for people that have children. 529 College Savings Plans make saving money for an education attainable.

This podcast episode looks at what 529 College Savings Plans are and who can benefit from one.

 

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Is an Ivy League Education Worth the Price?

Is an Ivy League Education Worth the Price?

February 10, 2020

The question always seems to come up, “Do Ivy League graduates earn more money compared to other public university graduates?” The benefits of an Ivy League education compared to other universities has been a debate for some time. I wanted to see if I could uncover the facts to decide for one side or the other. Is an Ivy League education worth the price?

This podcast episode looks at whether the investment of an Ivy League education always leads to financial success.

 

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What Are Some Ways to Reduce Unemployment and Keep Americans Working?

What Are Some Ways to Reduce Unemployment and Keep Americans Working?

February 6, 2020

There can be several approaches to the issues of unemployment. Most of the time the argument includes taxes. However, there is a much bigger issue with keeping jobs in America and it is not a new one. This problem is one that has been building for some time and it's not just American jobs in jeopardy. It's also national security.

This podcast episode looks at some ways to reduce unemployment in America and how to keep people working. Not only keep them working, but also earning a better wage.

 

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Do Millennials Expect Career and Financial Success Too Fast?

Do Millennials Expect Career and Financial Success Too Fast?

February 3, 2020

Young adults today many times are labeled as lazy or disconnected in the workplace by previous generations. Although there might be some millennials not wanting to work, this is no different than any other generation. There are always people that want to get to the top as fast as they can in life.

Generations previous to millennials many times label them unfairly. Baby boomers don’t seem to quite understand millennials and their work ethic. The boomers and previous generations see millennials as a generation that appears to feel entitled. But is this really the case? Do millennials really expect career and financial success too fast or is there something else that has made them seem different?

This podcast episode looks at why millennials are different in the workplace when compared to previous generations. They just might actually be somewhat disconnected and there are valid reasons why.

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