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How Rich Do You Think You Are?

Wealth can be defined in many different ways, but classically it is measured through one’s net worth.  Your net worth is simply everything you own versus everything you owe.  The own part of the equation includes real estate, cash, stocks, bonds, 401(k)’s, IRA’s, businesses, and much more.   The owe part of the equation includes mortgage debt, student loan debt, car loans, credit cards, and more.  Once you subtract the liabilities from the assets, you can begin to determine just how rich you really are in today’s day and age. WHERE DO YOU RANK IN WEALTH (source: wsj.com) (If you have a household net worth of X … you rank in the Y percentile): $50,000 … 60th percentile $93,000 … 50th percentile $100,000 … 48th percentile $200,000 … 34th percentile $500,000 … 18th percentile $750,000 … 12th percentile $827,000 … 10th percentile $1 million … 8th percentile $1.4 million … 5th percentile $6 million … 1st percentile There is a really ...

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Heads Or Tails On The New “Coin” Card?

It’s truly amazing about how fast a new product, app, or service can go viral through social media.  If you haven’t seen the video for new ultimate single credit, debit, and rewards card called “COIN” then you should really check it out!  Here is a link to the main website: www.onlycoin.com.  With all of our wallets looking a little bit more like a George Constanza special, Only Coin attempts to use modern day technology to take multiple cards in your wallet and shrink it down into one singular swipe card.   Will the new “COIN” card come up heads or tails with consumers? Coin has a mobile app that will allow you to add, manage, and sync the cards that you use most in your life to your Coin card.   The process of adding card information to your mobile app is supposed to be very easy according to Coin.  However, as we all know, technology is never as simple at the ...

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5 Gifts That You Can Regift

Who really knows how long the practice of ‘regifting’ has been going on as a true tradition? Don’t get mad at me for bringing this subject up because I’m not ‘Miss Manners’, and I know you’ve all done it at least once in your lifetime. Regifting became a really popular term after the famous “Label Maker” Seinfeld episode where Jerry and Elaine track down well known suspected regifter Dr. Tim Whatley. Jerry had received the label maker from Dr. Tim after Elaine gave the label maker to Dr. Tim for Christmas. Here are five gifts worth holding on to for a future regift. Wine– For most of us, we won’t be able to tell the difference between a $10 bottle and a $50 bottle. It’s not like you would care anyway whether Wine Spectator gave it 92 points or 72 points. If your wine rack is full or you just aren’t a big drinker then no harm, no foul. Keep ...

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Entrepreneur Series Lesson 1: Being Undercapitalized

It’s always exciting to think about the idea of having your own new start up. You hear about stories where entrepreneurs started with just $300 and a cardboard box and then turned their business into millions. In reality, having worked with many types of business owners, the first mistake made by most is simply not having enough capital or access to capital while growing your business. Undercapitalization really involves the language used when a person cannot sufficiently fund their business venture. An idea alone will not lead to business success. This lack of capitalization not only includes the initial outlay to get the business up and going, but really miscalculating the operating expenses in the business—especially in the first year of operation. Here are three smart things to be thinking about so your new entrepreneurial venture doesn’t fall short financially. Lines Of Credit. Whether it is a true banking relationship or you have set up an arrangement with family and friends, ...

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Are You Worried About A Stock Market Crash Again?

“Our imagination is the most important faculty we possess. It can be our greatest resource or our most formidable adversary. It is through our imagination that we discern possibilities and options. Yet imagination is no mere blank slate on which we simply inscribe our will. Rather, imagination is the deepest voice of the soul and can be heard clearly only through cultivation and careful attention”- Pat Allen (source: notable-quotes.com). Our brains are constantly being fed information about the stock market every day. The end is coming. The run will continue. Get in. Get out. For most of us, this noise can be information overload and send our brains into a virtual state of shock. With markets hitting all-time highs this year, many people have become concerned that we will see a repeat of dot-com bubble crash in 2000 and the recent 2008 market crash. So if you are worried about a 3rd Armageddon in the past 15 years, what smart ...

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Run Your Family Finances Like A Business

When we opened oXYGen Financial back in 2008, we introduced two very important financial planning concepts.   Number one; in order to be successful with your personal wealth you need to take ownership as the CEO of your family’s finances.   Number two; all successful CEO’s surround themselves with an effective CFO to help run the company, which is why oXYGen Financial pioneered and trademarked the term Private CFO®.    Between the combination of an effective CEO and CFO, you can focus on the key performance indicators in your “business” to help you reach your goals.   I was most intrigued this week when almost five years after our founding, the Wall Street Journal finally ran an article called Family, Inc. (http://on.wsj.com/12YfX8z), which is a really interesting article and can help articulate what families will need to consider as they manage their finances in the future.  Here are my smart money move tips on how to run your family like a business: Get one ...

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Georgia Came In Second To Last In The SEC?

At the end of 2012, the average national credit score in the United States was 696, but some states scored way above that average while others fell dismally short of the average. (source: equifax.com).    While the SEC has always been strong in college football and other athletics, the South came in at the very bottom when it comes to credit scores.  States such as Vermont and North Dakota were up in the 721 range, while Louisiana (669), Georgia (667), and Mississippi (661) were the three states at the bottom of the heap.    FICO scores can range between 250 and 850, and having a credit score above 750 has always been considered excellent while falling below 650 can be considered sub-prime when it comes to lending.   So, why did Georgia rank near the bottom and what can we do to fix it? 1. Pay off past due balances — Your payment history makes up roughly 35% of your overall credit score.    ...

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How To Pick A Credit Card

We often pull out our credit cards during this holiday season much like a Ninja warrior would unleash their Samurai sword from its sheath.   Credits cards can be our friend or our foe depending on how we choose to use this weapon.  During this peak month of shopping, every store you purchase merchandise from will tempt you with a big discount at the cash register to get a store card Johnny on the spot.  I’m not a big personal fan of carrying revolving credit card debt, and I don’t recommend it is a habit you get into within your financial life.  Going to work every day to pay obligations can lead to a high amount of stress.  Credit cards, when used appropriately, can actually help you in the positive column by potentially rewarding you with extra cash back, frequent flier miles, or some type of point structure to redeem prizes behind door number three.   So, how do you actually pick ...

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Three Ways Credit Card Companies Can Trick You

When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was put into place, credit card holders were supposed to benefit from the new regulation.    Consumers would receive new notifications for rate fee increases, statements would inform consumers on how long it would take to pay off balances, and credit issuers were required to mail bills at least 21 days before the due date.     Now that some time has passed since the Dodd-Frank Act, consumers are still struggling with all time high levels of credit card debt and the fine print coming from credit card companies are smaller than ever.   Here are three things you should keep an eye on so you don’t get stung by the credit card companies. Late Fees– Late fees are a big source of ways that credit card companies earn money.  Since many of us pay our bills through automatic payment, you should make sure you pay your credit card bill a few days before ...

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