Establishing Financial Goals

For some people, their financial goals are to someday be out of debt or have a better handle on their financial situation. But these types of goals don’t lend themselves to an achievable plan, and progress can’t be measured. When we establish financial goals, we assess the things that we need and want in life […]

Do I need Life Insurance?

The short answer is maybe, since it depends on the answers to a few simple questions.  Are there family members who will need to be cared for financially when we die? Will our survivors or beneficiaries inherit debt such as a mortgage or personal or car loan? Do we already have a large policy through […]

Developing a Portfolio

When we think of a portfolio, we often think of a list of stocks and bonds, and yet our portfolio should contain much more than a snap-shot of our current asset positions and investments. It should provide the ability to plan, forecast, track, status, and strategize using our trend information, asset allocations, benchmark data, and […]

The 6 Elements to Survivorship Planning

Survivorship planning is an often overlooked area of personal finance or is limited to large obligations like a mortgage, but there are many smaller items that could add up to a large financial burden for our survivor. We should start by analyzing the ability of our dependents to continue financially without us beginning tomorrow. This […]

Everyone Needs an Emergency Fund

As the new health care reform continues to make waves, one of the major ad campaigns surrounds the concept of imparting to young people that despite their age, they are not invincible. We often see a similar sense of invincibility with many young people when it comes to retirement funds and other financial decisions. One […]