529 Plans: What’s Important?
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If you are one of the 92% with children under the age of 18 who haven’t started a 529 plan, we encourage you to meet with a fee-only financial advisor soon. You can never start too early, and it’s never too late to do something.

Joshua and the Wall of College Savings
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In the past three years Joshua’s account has grown a whopping 76.6% averaging 22.5% per year.

Start College Savings the Day They Are Born
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If you are not saving for college you are falling behind.

A College Degree is Worth a Million Bucks
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Education matters. He who doesn’t teach his son a trade teaches him to steal.

What Your Advisor Doesn’t Want You to Ask
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Probably the most important question you can ask of anyone offering you financial advice is, “Do you have a legal obligation to act in my best interests?”

Build with Bricks, not Straw or Sticks
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There are many things riskier than volatility.

Germany: Worst Economic Weakness May Be Over
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Reunification of the country has put a drag on economic growth.

Salzburg: Seasoned With White Gold
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The value of salt in ancient time was enormous.

Austria And The Road Back From Serfdom
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Hayek wrote, “More harm and misery have been caused by men determined to use coercion to stamp out a moral evil than by men intent on doing evil.”

Italian Mafia Coming to America Soon
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Italy reminds us that governmental solutions can be worse than private sector problems.

Italian Communists And Beautiful Girls
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Hard work can’t always overcome Italian bureaucracy.

Country Specific Investing Pays Dividends
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During 2002-2004, iShares of the ten economically freest countries outperformed the index by 5.43% each year.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 5 – What Hedge Funds Do Right
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You can smooth your returns without any of hedge fund’s drawbacks.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 4 – High Fees and Poor Regulatory Control
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Wanting to avoid regulations, Hedge funds appeal to investor’s snobbery to make it seem like a privilege.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 3 – Poor Compensation Structure
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You take all the risk, but the manager gets twenty percent of any winnings. This is not a good compensation scheme.

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 2 – Poor Performance
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Hedge claims are equivalent to “All of the coins I want to tell you about came up heads.”

Hedge Funds Aren’t Worth The Risk Part 1 – What Are Hedge Funds?
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As Hedge funds grow in popularity, beware of following the lemmings.

Rocks and Sand – Keeping Expense Ratios Low
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Good portfolios have low expense ratios and minimal trading costs.

Ruling Allows Broker Conflict of Interest
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Currently, stockbrokers can offer the same services as Fee-Only financial planners without being accountable to the same fiduciary standards. This exemption to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 has been called the “Merrill Lynch rule.”

Fifty+ Retirement Investing – Part 3
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We are gradually becoming our grandparents.

Fifty+ Retirement Products – Part 2
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Marketing promises and good friends often cloud the facts.

Fifty+ Retirement Planning – Part 1
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Many people are afraid of having their retirement progress assessed.

Look Over Your Tax Return
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Decreasing your standard of living is the quickest path toward retirement.

You’re Fired! Now Get to Work!
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“You’re fired!” can be an opportunity to work for yourself. But the best two words you might hear are yourself saying, “I quit.” Working for yourself is risky and frightening, but the financial freedom and opportunities you gain are significant.

Taxes are NOT Funny
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“April is the month,” one wit noted, “when the green returns to the lawn, the trees and the Internal Revenue Service.”

Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 17th, 2005
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Two hours and twenty minutes of every eight hour day go to pay taxes. Three minutes go toward personal savings.

You Too Can Become A Billionaire (2005)
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On your way to becoming a billionaire, the million markers become commonplace.

Budgeting Part 3: Reduce Your Spending
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Spending less money isn’t an end it itself. Directing your spending to what you truly value is what is important.

Budgeting Part 2: Living On A Family Budget
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Keeping control of your finances means that you can have more fun with your money.

Budgeting Part 1: Creating A Family Budget
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“Do I really want to spend my money in this way?”

Investments In China
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Baring a real people’s revolution, it will take until 2050 for China to complete their slow march to free markets.

The Alternatives to Privatizing Social Security Are Worse – Part 2
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It is a tragic irony that the goals of collectivism are best achieved by respecting individual liberties.

The Alternatives To Privatizing Social Security Are Worse – Part 1
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The incentives that produce wealth also produce inequity. Valuing equality above all else destroys the real wealth they are trying to redistribute.

The Value of Emphasizing Value Stocks
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Overweighting investments with average higher return and lower risk is a win-win situation.

Social Security Is Hopelessly Broken
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The wealth gap between blacks and whites widens each generation as a direct result of Social Security.

How to Get Free-Only Financial Advice
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NAPFA members give away a great deal of valuable advice.

Exchange Traded Funds
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ETFs combine tax efficiency with low expenses.

We Could be in a Real Estate Bubble
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The value of any asset category does not go in one direction forever. The housing prices boom shows signs of weakness, and that they may correct or at least under perform for the next few years.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 3
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There is an art to selecting the right investment vehicles for individual portfolios.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 2
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Keeping expenses low helps keep your return high.

Choose the Appropriate Investment Vehicle – Part 1
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A good investment advisor will tailor the investments to the specific characteristics of the investor’s situation.

Personal Debt – The Borrower Becomes The Lender’s Slave
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The truly rich person is anyone whose income is greater than his or her expenses and whose expenses are sufficient to their desires.

Using S&P 500 Index Funds Contains Hidden Risks
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If the S&P were a financial advisor it would say, “Let’s buy mostly large cap growth stocks in the industry that did well last year with a high price per earnings ratio.”

The Benefits Of Canadian Drugs Are A Pack Of Lies
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If Canada paid their fair share for pharmaceuticals prices would fall.

Wisdom To Be Learned From The Vice Presidential Nominees
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We guarantee you will agree it makes sense to entrust leadership to this last nominee.

Estate Planning For A Family Business Balances Three Roles
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Only 34% of family businesses successfully pass to the second generation and only 13% make it to the third generation.

Estate Planning Often Includes A Living Trust
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Many financial products are sold through greed or fear, but estate planning isn’t one of them. Having an estate plan and a living trust is an import part of wealth management.

Bush Policy Taxes Wealth by Devaluing the Dollar
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The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away. This is true even when running a federal deficit.

The Growing Federal Deficit is Bush’s Fault
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In the corporate world, mismanagement can only be covered up so long. In time, those responsible are held accountable. Companies fold. Executives are taken away in handcuffs. Only in the federal government can poorly manage bad ideas and still plead they are underfunded.

Taxes Matter 5 – The Economics And Mindset Of The Rich
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Encourage the rich to be rich or else suffer the consequences of striving toward making us all equally destitute.

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