Mar 17

Pros and Cons of a 30 Year Mortgage

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The pros and cons of a 30-year mortgage loan is a discussion I often have with my clients.  They are often shocked by the amount of interest they will pay over a span of 30 years.  My suggestion, though, is to get the longest possible amortization. The longer the amortization, the lower the required payment.  […]

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Dec 22

Should I file BK If My Credit Card Company Fell Off the Map?

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I have not heard from the credit card company I owe for a long time.  Should I still file bankruptcy?   Probably not, although you should make sure that you could file a bankruptcy promptly if the need arises.  I spoke with a client earlier this week whose only significant debt is a single credit […]

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Dec 08

Holiday Spending and the Not So Friendly Math

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A 2014 report on holiday shopping plans and finances found that about 55% of the respondents reported that money was their main source of stress during the holiday season.  Despite this, more than half of those people planned to use their credit cards for holiday shopping, and they plan to spend about as much money […]

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Oct 10

GUEST BLOG: Christopher Columbus, a Risky Venture (by: Gary Krekeler)

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Why did Christopher Columbus need financing from a government?  Simple, his plan was risky, too risky for any private individual that had the needed capitol.  He would also need the power that a government could supply to maintain control of lands and goods that he discovered. Christopher Columbus actually began looking for financing long before […]

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Sep 21

Money Issues We Don’t Talk About; But Really Should

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We don’t talk about things that make us feel uncomfortable, and many people are very uncomfortable talking about their financial problems.  Often, people with such problems will hide all evidence of financial distress. Some people do this with a misguided sense of protecting their loved ones.  If I don’t tell my spouse about the problems […]

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Aug 12

Gun Trust for Asset Protection

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Asset protection is not just about protecting your home, family heirlooms, and personal wealth.  You may want to consider whether a gun trust would be helpful for protecting your firearms.  Gun trusts are generally used for holding NFA firearms:  Short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns and suppressors. A gun trust can make it easier to […]

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Jul 29

Debt and Shame

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Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. But both men and women generally feel bad about carrying debt and not being able to pay it.  Most of us are brought up to pay our debts.  Our religious or moral code may reinforce this.  Above all, people feel embarrassed if anyone knows that their debts […]

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