May20

Class of 2015: Most Indebted Ever

The graduating class of 2015 may be partying like it’s 1999! A study earlier this year from Michigan State University found that employers have been recruiting new college graduates at levels not seen since the go-go years of the technology boom and Y2K (remember that?). With economy and the job market picking up steam, hiring
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May20

Men, Women and Money

In the category of “not breaking news”, here’s a headline to consider: “Men and Women are DIFFERENT in their approaches to Managing Money.” (Before some of you write in and tell me that you and/or your spouse/partner does not fit the classic descriptions, what I am about to discuss is based on surveys and doesn’t
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May15

Why are Americans Down?

What’s going on with the American consumer? Most economists thought that the plunge in energy prices would eventually show up in a little extra spending elsewhere in the economy. So far, that has not been the case. Retail sales in April were flat and excluding gasoline, they were up just 0.1 percent from March. People
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May15

#219 The Real Estate Show

Spring has finally sprung and we are celebrating by giving you an overview of the 2015 housing market. Our two guests, Ilyce Glink and Billy Wright, have advice for buyers and sellers and tips about how to navigate the process without losing your mind! Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner Download
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May09

El-Erian: “Income Inequality is Horrific”

There is nothing better than an hour spent talking to Mohamed El-Erian at the annual LinkedIn Finance Connect event. El-Erian has a unique ability to break down hardcore economic concepts into digestible, easy-to-understand analogies. For example, when I asked him about his prediction about worldwide growth this year, he said, “imagine if you were a
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May09

#218 Retirement Investing, 529 vs Pre Paid College Plans

Happy Mother’s Day! Your mom would probably want you to take control of your financial life, so listen up. We started the show with Katrina, who needs help with her financial priorities. Should she contribute to retirement, save more in her emergency reserve fund or pay down her mortgage? The answer is: YES! Download the podcast
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May04

Retirement Confidence: On the Mend

After dropping to record lows between 2009 and 2013, the percentage of workers confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement, continues to increase, according to the 2015 Employee Benefit Research Institute Retirement Confidence Survey. 22 percent of Americans are now very confident (up from 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2014),
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May02

Pay Raises Ahead?

Nearly six years after the official end of the recession, something exciting is about to happen: Americans are likely to FINALLY get a raise! Government data (the Employment Cost Index or “ECI”) showed that compensation in the first quarter increased by 2.6 percent from a year ago, up from the 2.2 percent gain in the
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May01

#217 Are Your Kids Bleeding You Dry?

Our guest – financial planner, author and speaker Jonathan Pond – worries that millions of Boomer generation parents have indulged their children, at their own expense. Jonathan, a pioneer in bringing low-cost, personalized money guidance to Americans, says that some greedy children have become “rapacious consumers of their parents’ money” OUCH! Download the podcast on iTunes Download the podcast on feedburner
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April27

New Reverse Mortgages Rules

The Great Recession and stock market rout eviscerated retirement nest eggs, changing the course of retirement planning for millions of people. And while the value of real estate also plunged, many older Americans owned their homes outright, allowing them to utilize a reverse mortgage to help finance retirement. A reverse mortgage is a loan that
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