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Learning about personal finance is the basis for success! If you are looking for a class at your local high school or community college, you will probably be disappointed. Online classes are somewhat limited although there are many books written about the subject. You can find such diverse subjects online as accounting, corporate finance or other college business classes. Does it mean that there is no demand for it?  Read More…

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Post image for Get Rich as an Employee!

Are CEO’s the only ones who get rich working for someone else? No, there are many millionaires who are lucky enough to work in the technology industry. Are they the only ones? There are many more who are part of the IPO (Initial public offering) when a company goes public. There are still more who go to work in certain industries that do very well too. Read More…

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If you have an expectation of growth in your investment, forget cash! I am referring to cash investments such as money market accounts, interest bearing checking accounts, savings and certificates of deposits. It is merely a parking space for short term savings! Investing is expending money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property or by using it to develop a commercial venture. Where is your cash? Read More…

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Post image for Should I Buy, Rent a Home or Just Do Nothing?

Buy or rent a home is suddenly a question for me! My plan was always to move one last time to a single level home as I age and can no longer navigate two flights of stairs. I thought this decision would be far in the future because I am a healthy and very active adult (almost 68 years old). So what changed? Interest rates are low and home prices in southern California are not going down! I need to make a choice! Read More…

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Post image for Leveraging Your Investment in Videoconferencing

It is no secret that technology has forever changed the way people interact, play, and work. Businesses in particular have benefited tremendously from embracing technological improvements: videoconferencing solutions are no exception. Studies show 80% of American workers prefers to telecommute to their job. Companies who recognize this and offer this option soon leapfrog competitors.  Read More…

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Post image for The Best Financial Adviser is You

Do you really need a financial adviser? What do you expect a financial adviser to do for you anyway? You can get a fee only adviser to prepare a financial plan and still fail! A financial plan is just a set of financial goals based on your information! It is just a matter of setting goals and monitoring your progress. Some may call it child’s play.  How is it working for you? Read More…

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Post image for Don’t Envy the Rich!

The rich are different from you and me. (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Yes, they have more money. (Ernest Hemingway)  “They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, it makes them soft where we are hard and cynical where we are trustful in a way that unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Yes, the rich are different from you and me, they have more problems! Read More…

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Post image for How to Cope with Change

Change is inevitable! Recently, my wife and I went to New York for my sister in law’s birthday party. Since we live in Los Angeles, we had to get airline tickets, make arrangements for the dog and find a way to the airport. No big deal, we cashed in miles, our children watched the dog and we drove to the airport. If it were only that easy! You have to deal with all the possibilities and some you never thought of! Read More…

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Post image for Easy Ways to Cut Commuting Costs

How much of your monthly pay do you spend on getting to and from work? When you factor in the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your car, you could be shelling out a pretty penny. The longer your commute is, the more you could also expect to pay for car insurance and maintenance. Yet for many of us, simply walking to work is just not an option. Read More…

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Post image for 5 Smart Ways to Cut your Expenses

How I cut my expenses may provide some insight how to save money.  Some people would call me cheap!  Others may say I am frugal!  I think of myself as value conscious!  I hate to spend more money for something than I need to.  My approach may cause you to rethink how you spend your money! Find out how you can live on less without feeling deprived! Read More…

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