Personal Finance

Don’t Wait. Take Charge of Your Money Now

Don’t Wait. Take Charge of Your Money Now

(A plea from a financial planner)

  In addition to being a certified financial planner, more than ten years ago I started Common Cents Financial Literacy, Inc. to address the impact that a lack of financial knowledge can have. Women are strong in a lot of ways, but personal finance is not one of them. I’ll attempt to explain some of the issues that affect our financial well-being. The problem is simple. Financial knowledge and long-term planning are seen as important, but not critical even though personal finance decisions impact nearly every... Read More

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Doing Well By Doing Good: How to Match Your Investments with Your Values

Doing Well By Doing Good: How to Match Your Investments with Your Values

March 23, 2015   When certified financial adviser Kenneth Klabunde of Precedent Asset Management asks clients if they’re interested in investing in companies whose values match theirs—such as those that promote diversity or clean energy—or excluding companies for moral or ethical reasons, it’s usually the women who light up, he says. His... Read More

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

  I read a quote on the blog, A Wealth of Common Sense (one of my favorites on investing wisdom), that struck me as a powerful way to think about saving. It basically said that we owe ourselves money for the future. A lot of... Read More

Manage Your Money As If You’re a Business: 7 Tips for Being a Great CFO

Manage Your Money As If You’re a Business: 7 Tips for Being a Great CFO

  With the new year coming up in a matter of weeks, it’s a great time to take stock of your financial health, get organized, and make sure you’re on track for 2015. One of the best ways to do that is to start running... Read More

Why Women Fear Success and Why We Shouldn’t

Why Women Fear Success and Why We Shouldn’t

  I feel like we need a big pow-wow on this topic. Research shows that while women fear becoming bag ladies, they also fear success. Specifically, women are afraid that success will alienate them, according to the 2013 Allianz... Read More

Want to Save More? Meet Your Future Self

Want to Save More? Meet Your Future Self

  How many of us are in tune with our future selves? I was happy to raise my hand to that one when I saw some recent research. A recent study that looked at brain activity showed that when we think about our future selves, we... Read More

Ask an Advisor: Should I Combine Retirement Accounts from Past Employers?

Ask an Advisor: Should I Combine Retirement Accounts from Past Employers?

September 15, 2014 This week, five advisors from XY Financial Planning Network weigh in to answer our reader question. Q: I have 3 retirement accounts from past employers.  Is it smarter to combine these accounts into one place?... Read More

Feel More in Control When it Comes to Investing (Here’s How)

Feel More in Control When it Comes to Investing (Here’s How)

  You invest your hard-earned cash hoping to be rewarded with decent returns that will help you build the fun, fulfilling, secure life you want. So, naturally, as you make that IRA or mutual fund contribution, you say a little... Read More

Ask an Advisor: How Can I Start Building Wealth on a Small Salary?

Ask an Advisor: How Can I Start Building Wealth on a Small Salary?

Andrea Eaton, CFP® and financial planner, explains how young professionals with smaller salaries can get started on the right path to financial success. Q: I’m in my early twenties and at the beginning of my career. I haven’t... Read More

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