10 Reasons Why You Can Cut the Cable Cord Now

Did you know that the average cable bundle has 189 channels but the average subscriber only watches 17 of them  (or less than 10%) according to a Nielson study in 2014?  Consumers would like to pay for only the channels they watch and free themselves from the shackles of the cable bundle by cutting the cable cord.  Let’s look at the top 10 reasons why consumers can cut the cable cord now! 70+ Channels of Free Over the Air Channels For those here in Atlanta there are over 70+ free channels available via an HD antenna including all of the major networks such as NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CW and PBS.   These are delivered in High Definition (HD) quality which is better than cable/satellite. 100+ Cable channels available through streaming apps Most people don’t want to give up some of their cable channels such as ESPN, CNN, Fox News, etc. Services such as Sling TV and Sony Playstation Vue with ...

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Be Careful About “Washing” Out Your Tax Losses

With more investors trading stocks as a hobby and the number of day traders who have decided to take over their own portfolios, it is incredibly important that you recognize one little nasty piece of the tax code that can hurt you called the wash rule. The wash rule was set up to more closely define how tax losses can be taken for the short term trading of the same securities.   If an individual decided to sell or trade a security they own at a loss and within 30 days of the sale buys a substantially identical stock or security (or an option) their tax losses may be disallowed.  Remember, the rule can also apply if your spouse buys a substantial amount of the security as well. In our current tax code, the wash sale can affect your personal finances with the following consequences. You will not be able to “realize” or claim, the loss on the sale The disallowed ...

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Tricks To Spend Less Money At The Store

Stores and restaurants are really really smart at figuring out how to get you to spend more money.   These are time tested marketing techniques that you won’t even think about before or after you make your purchase.  The key for these stores, restaurants, and outlets is to make you feel good…..like you got a deal or you are special or you are one of the exclusive few that got this opportunity.   The goal is to separate you from your money.   Here are six traps to watch out for that will trick your brain into spending more money. THE NO DOLLAR SIGN TRICK —This one is most seen when you eat out at an upscale restaurant. You’ll notice that they will list a meal with the number 15 (note NO $$) or they will actually spell out in some artsy fartsy font By not showing you an actual dollar sign it literally makes you think less about money thus tricking your ...

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OUCH! Is Your Wife Cheating On You With Amazon?

As I get to meet literally thousands of people every year to talk about personal finances and their struggles and successes toward building their net worth, I’ve noticed an interesting trend phenomenon that seems to have an uncontrollable growth.  That is the behemoth that we all know and have come to love as Amazon. Although it has snuck up on us quickly, there is at least one spendaholic in your household (or a very close friend or relative) that has been completely brainwashed and taken over by the alien Amazon nation.   As I recently perused the Amazon website, it dawned on me that Amazon may be one of the most aesthetically displeasing websites when you consider the pure design of a ‘pretty’ website.   But, being the math geek that I am, I counted 27 different pictures that I could click just on the top part of the main page that loaded up on my computer.  Then and only then did ...

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Where To Invest Under A Clinton Presidency

As I shared a few months ago, Americans aren’t quite sure what to make of this three ring circus we are calling a Presidential election.   With the two candidates in the throes of back and forth debates, the stock market has seen its share of nervous jitters going up and down almost in yo-yo like fashion.   What will happen with the markets if Hillary Clinton is elected President nobody knows for sure, but here are some potential smart money moves to be considering if Clinton becomes POTUS.   Will she borrow more money?  Will she change Obamacare to Hillarycare?  Will she build a wall? Will she bring jobs back to America? Infrastructure – While I cannot give you specific stocks, mutual funds, or exchange traded funds (you’ll have to call me or e-mail me for that info;), I will divulge that one of the best opportunities under a Clinton presidency will be US infrastructure. Consider this for a  . . If ...

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Five Items You ALWAYS Lose That Cost You Money

If you are like me, I can sometimes become an absent minded professor.  My businesses are kept in perfect shape and form, my workouts are always on schedule, and I never forget what I need to pack when I take a trip.  However, when it comes to every day household items, I just plain stopped spending money on certain purchases because overspending on the fancy brands of these items assured me that I would inevitably lose them down the road.   So I finally succumbed to my own absent mindedness and stop buying nice items in five categories that I always seemed to lose.  I thought it was just me, but it probably is a struggle you go through as well. Sunglasses – Ray-Ban’s….cool.  Oakley’s…..so great when you are out on a boat.  Gucci….ever so stylish.    While these all look so great when you are out on the beach, at the pool, or an afternoon party, the reality is that people ...

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Quit Buying Stuff You Can’t Afford

Generation X is classically defined as people born between the years 1965 and 1979.    Pretty much those of you in your late 30’s and now, *GULP* into the early 50’s.  Having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude.   Since I am 47 and have had a good deal of financial success on my own, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money.    One of the main problem with our generation is that it seems we can defy gravity when it comes to buying anything but savings for our own future. Where do you think we should take the kids away for spring break this year?      Should we go away for Thanksgiving or would it be better during the holiday season?    I know ...

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Don’t Be Fooled By Hillary’s Small Business Plan

I usually don’t read the USA today, but I happened to have a chance to read an article recently (http://usat.ly/2bVCjaz) about Hillary Clinton’s plan to be the President for small business owners.   I was intrigued by the article to see what real change might be coming and as an entrepreneur of many businesses I quickly realized that the proposal was something that only the Stay Puff Marshmallow business person would actually gain any benefit from currently.    Here are the points from the article and then I’ll share on each point my insights on what meaningful proposals could really truly help small business owners do better.  BTW, I haven’t really seen any proposal from Trump yet at all but I do know what I hear from local owners every week Hillary Proposed Problem: Citing licensing and other burdens, Clinton’s campaign says it takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than in countries such as Canada or Denmark.  I laughed ...

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Five Apps You Need To Know To Impress Your Friends

With the thousands of apps you can download from your Apple or Android phones, every year you will learn of an app or two that you never knew of before.  You may wonder why in the world you really need to know about new apps when you don’t even use the ones you have on your phone now.  Not only are these apps super cool and have real pragmatic uses, but this is a way for you to impress friends or business acquaintances with something they had no idea existed. Best App To Share In A Sports Bar Or An Airline Club Lounge This app you need to know about in these scenarios is called Tunity.   Have you ever been watching five different TV’s in a sports bar and even though people are drinking and talking, you really want to hear what’s going on with your favorite game?   Or, have you been sitting in a club airline lounge and see ...

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What Alabama And Clemson Football Players Need Insurance?

College football has become such a big business for the large colleges and universities across the United States.    People come out by the droves as their teams begin to embark this season on winning a college football championship, and we’ll know in about five months who emerges victorious.    With the importance of key stars on each of the teams, there is a new ‘tricky’ business of buying insurance on the superstars of these college football teams. Recently, it was revealed that top ranked Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson took out two very important insurance policies against a career ending injury.  The first was a $5 million dollar total disability policy and the other was a $5 million loss of value policy. When it comes to total disability, think about this in the genre of you buying an own occupation disability policy.  When you buy disability insurance, you can purchase a policy to cover your own particular occupation or any occupation at ...

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