Five Items To Buy After Christmas

When the Starbuck’s Christmas cups go away and your neighbors begin to take down their decorations, the last thing in the world you probably want to do is to be thinking about shopping considering you’ve been fretting about it for the past month.  While it may feel like we get deals galore thrown in front of our faces during the month of December, once Christmas season is over, you may be able to snag yourself a really good deal if you know what to buy.  I’ve put together a quick your smart money moves guide on five items you might want to consider buying after December 25th (mind you that it’s probably better about the second week of January). Electronics – While you can get a really good deal on video game consoles and cameras, the one electronic I would really keep my eye on are high definition televisions. Remember, each January the Consumer Electronics Show takes place in Las ...

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About The GOP Tax Bill

With the GOP Tax Bill on the verge of passing, President Trump has suggested that this 1.5 trillion-dollar tax cut will be a HUGE Christmas present for the entire United States of America.  As with any type of new tax reform, there will be items you hear in the media about the winners and losers.  You’ll also hear about the major bullet points including the income tax brackets, the corporate tax cut to 21%, the small business pass through tax cuts, and certainly the minimization of state, local, and property income tax deductions on your itemized deductions.  What really separates us from our competition is to work hard on digging several layers down to give you some insight into the small tax changes that you won’t hear about that could affect your bottom line. Here are five things you didn’t know about the GOP Tax Bill Say Goodbye To The Home Equity Loan Deduction – The part of this bill ...

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What a Stupid Question!

So, how many times have you asked someone in the financial world a question and they make you feel stupid? Not only stupid for asking the question, but just plain stupid? That’s what often happens when working with people. There used to be stocks, bonds and cash. There used to be whole life insurance and term life insurance. There used to be disability insurance. There used to be health insurance. Now we have BDC’s and REIT’s and PPL’s and variable life insurance and variable universal life insurance and indexed life insurance and indexed universal life insurance and ETF’s and UIT’s and PPO’s and HMO’s and 401k’s and Roth 401k’s and IRA’s and Roth IRA’s and long term care insurance and then long term care riders and hybrids and properly structured life insurance and improperly structured life insurance . . . You get the point. The financial world of our parents and grandparents doesn’t exist today. It’s become much more complicated ...

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5 Things You Need To Know About The Bitcoin Before You Invest Your Money

It has become clear that the new gold rush people are talking about is the Bitcoin.  The problem is that most people have no ideas what the Bitcoin is exactly, how it works, or the way that a transaction happens with this currency.  When they start talking about the Bitcoin on major TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, then you know it’s time to get educated about this kind of investment before you jump into the deep end with your portfolio.  Here is your guide on five things you need to know about the Bitcoin before you invest your money. What Is The Bitcoin? In the simplest of terms, the Bitcoin is a digital currency peer to peer online payment system.  It is created through something called block chain technology, but at its heart it is simply a peer to peer payment system.  What makes something like the Bitcoin unique to modern currency is that there is no central ...

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Would You Pay $450 Million For A Piece Of Art

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, “Saviour of the World,” sold for $450,312,500 Wednesday at auction, Christie’s said. The price, which includes a buyer’s premium, makes it “the most expensive painting ever sold at auction,” the auction house said in a recent statement. The previous record for the most expensive painting sold at auction was $179,364,992 for Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger” (“Women of Algiers”), according to Christie’s. The highest price previously paid at auction for a da Vinci was in 2001 for his “Horse and Rider,” a work on paper, which went for $11,481,865.  This begs the question about whether or not it is a good idea to add collectibles into your overall portfolio and which collectibles may make sense if you have no real interest in collecting anything at all. With all of the hoopla going on this year in California, one might stop and think that fine wine could be a good collectible as part of your overall holdings. In fact ...

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Is It Time To Just Rent A Car…FOREVER??

For the past twenty years, I have been buying my personal automobiles one way and one way only.  I would typically look for a used car that was two to three years old with a good chunk of depreciation worn off it and then buy the car for cash.   I would typically drive the car for another 4 to 6 years and then rinse and repeat the process.   In fact, as I gave advice to clients over the years I would continue to emphasize this philosophy as I have never been a big fan of buying new cars as an asset (unless you love cars) nor have I typically like leases with the exception of a few specific instances. Recently, I embarked on a test and for the first time in my own financial life I neither own a car nor do I lease car.   I actually RENT a car full time, and I’m beginning to think that this trend ...

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UBER Gets Into The Credit Card Game??

Uber has become a household name over the past several years by picking us up and dropping us off with the click of a button on our mobile phone.  Effective November 2nd, Uber officially put its hat in the ring and made a foray into the credit card business by issuing a Visa card by Barclays.   The most interesting part of this that the applications can be processed right inside of the Uber app. Uber, apparently thinks that they have tapped into a nerve because they realized their customers love two things: eating out and chilling with Netflix. With the Uber Visa card, you can: Stream with a $50 subscription credit for Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Music, Audible, Sirius XM, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, DirectTV Now, the membership fee for Amazon Prime, and Shoprunner after you spend your first $5,000. You can ride in Uber with peace of mind by having up to $600 of mobile phone ...

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How To Save BIG Money On Your Teenagers Auto Insurance

It’s Official!  Effective November 1st of this year, I officially have three children that can drive an automobile.  On one hand, it’s a sigh of relief because now I have three drivers who can make a run to CVS or Chick-Fil-A to do those small errands I simply don’t want to do at all. On the other hand, you simply worry every time your children get out on the road and spend your nights waiting up to make sure that they get home safely.   Beyond the bad and good of having your children be able to drive, the one that really hits home is your auto insurance. In fact, when my 20 year old went on to our auto insurance for the first time, even a seasoned financial advisor like myself gulped a little bit with sticker shock as a good solid student cost more than $2,000 per year.  When my second daughter went on about two years later and ...

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