Earlier this year, we shared a parable about a giant ship engine that quit working. Countless hours and money were spent hiring experts to do the job. No one could get it working. Then, along came an old man who had been working on ship engines since he was a child. He inspected the engine… Read more
The August 2008 Money Magazine offered up an article of several successful individuals talking about the smartest financial advice they have ever received. Billionaire and CEO of Virgin records, Richard Branson shared a story about his lack of knowledge in the financial realm and being humble about what you don’t know. Have you ever noticed… Read more
Money is tight for many families today. Just a couple of years ago, most Americans felt pretty good. We had higher than ever real wages, the government was pumping money into the economy, and prices were cheap. Today these are mere memories: Families are being squeezed by both inflation and the government pulling money out… Read more
It doesn’t take rocket science to employ time value of money – it’s simply the power of time and compound interest. If you started saving $1,000 a month at 20 years of age and it earns 8% a year, this would mean you would have almost 5.3 million dollars at age 65. But…. If you… Read more
Imagine spending your entire life building a business only to wake up at 63 and find it isn’t worth anything. Most of us think, “how sad, but that won’t happen to my business…I have worked too hard or my industry is too strong or there will always be a need for what I do or….”… Read more
Graduation is a major step for those important young adults in our life. Whether it be graduating from high school or graduating from college, a parent’s goal is always to see their kids launch successfully and stay successfully launched. How do you do that? Well, we have few ideas for you. The Cost of Living.… Read more
Do you look at your money for what it is or do you look at it for what it is for? A few weeks ago, Dad came on our weekly radio program “Life Planning 101.” He shared several stories that have given us insight we use to help the families we work with today. One… Read more
Tom and Maria were married a little more than forty years when Tom suffered a severe stroke. The stroke changed him. It not only caused permanent physical impairment, but he became angry and unmanageable. As she struggled to manage him or tend to all of his needs, Maria was forced to get help. Life had… Read more
Have you ever met anyone that doesn’t have at least one area of clutter in his/her house? I would bet that even the tidiest of homes has a closet or drawer that gets cluttered from time to time. Life gets busy. We throw stuff here and there, planning to deal with it later. Then before… Read more
Did you know you can often choose when to pay tax? By default, you can often choose how much you will pay. There is no trick or “gotcha.” It is simply a result of understanding how taxes work for or against your situation. “The hardest thing to understand in the world is income tax.” —Albert… Read more
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