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VIDEO | 5 Financial Moves to Make When You Change Jobs

Published on Sep 6, 2012 Whether you leave your employer or your employer leaves you, changing jobs can be one of those transitional phases where you can reassess what is happening with your overall financial plan. SEE THE FULL STORY HERE – http://bit.ly/Uusmig – Many people who make a job change for a better salary don’t often take the time to assess the benefits package from their new employer. This makes a ton of sense as typically the first three to six months in a new position you are immersed with the learning curve of a new role at a new company. It doesn’t leave time to review the details of the benefits package you receive. This is why having a Private CFO® or aC by your side can be a valuable resource to make these important decisions. Here are five financial moves to make when you change jobs.   ...

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5 Smart Financial Moves To Start The New Year Off With A Bang

The holiday season brought snow on Christmas Day to the state of Georgia along with some relief around tax breaks that helped both the wealthy and the unemployed. It seemed like everyone’s stocking got a gift or two, but the reality of all these tax breaks will sneak up on us a few years from now. As the New Year gets kicked off, there are some key things you want to be taking action on in respect to your overall financial plan. Rates will not stay low forever – If you have the situation where you can afford to buy a piece of real estate or potentially refinance your home, this would be the time to take advantage of doing that if you haven’t jumped on the wagon already. If you have an adjustable rate mortgage, you should consider getting that locked into some type of fixed rate program. If you cannot refinance and are stuck with a higher interest ...

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5 Disaster Financial Moves

After almost 20 years of giving personal financial advice, I thought I would share the secrets I know about becoming financially successful.If you avoid these 5 disaster financial moves, you should have a good chance of becoming prosperous and hitting your goals. If you have made one of these already, it may be time to come see us to show you how to get back on track. 1) Buying More Home Than You Can Afford – This is my top one as it will truly cripple your long term financial plan. Years ago, I had heard of a very simple financial ratio called the primary obligation ratio which said that your mortgage payment shouldn’t be much more than 28% to 34% of your total gross monthly income.  Use that statistic in conjunction with putting 20% down on your home purchase and you will typically avoid this number one financial disaster.  It is impossible to squeeze into a home financially like you would ...

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Tax advice or Investment advice- Which will be more important?

It doesn’t take a financial expert to recognize The United States Government cannot keep spending money at the current rate.  I don’t care whether you are a Republican or Democrat, we have spent ourselves into a problem and it’s time to pay the piper.  The question becomes with tax increases a foregone conclusion, which will be more important to you over the next 25 years, how well manage your assets or how well you manage your taxes. For those of you reading this that think taxes surely can’t impact me that much, consider the following – if you double a dollar per day for 20 years you will have a little over 1 million dollars.  Take the same dollar and apply a 28% tax before you double it each time and you will be left with just over $50,000.  Ouch!  Consider the following tax increase next year alone! Capital Gains tax rates will be increasing 33% Tax on Dividend income ...

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Problem – or a PROBLEM!

As I sit this weekend and read more about the oil spill in the Gulf, it becomes more and more apparent to me they really don’t have a solution other than drilling a relief well.  All the other pomp and circumstance they are doing right now is for our benefit so at least we will feel like something is getting done.  With advances in today’s technology, how could we get to this point?  Surely there was a contingency plan, right? Most of us would be just as guilty for lack of preparation in our personal lives.  Who has time to stop and assess?  Unfortunately however, what starts out as a small problem can quickly turn to a PROBLEM!  All of us have heard a story from a neighbor family member or friend, someone loses their job, they have medical issues, bad luck, whatever! When you are done reading this take 5 minutes and ask yourself the following questions: When was ...

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Reminiscing About The TV Dinner

With all of these reality TV shows pretty much filling up network and cable stations alike, I was wondering if they would ever bring back really good cheesy TV that I saw when I was a kid like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.   I can remember how much I looked forward to the shows coming on TV every week as well as what was going to happen in this week’s installment of Dynasty and Dallas. All of this TV thinking got me to think about how much I don’t like the microwavable meals you can buy at the store today.   They all come in some cardboard like box and tray, and often they just don’t come out right after you microwave it up for about 3 to 5 minutes.    They look good on the package, but just don’t pack the punch when you eat them. I know what we need.   We need to bring back the good old TV ...

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Smart Financial Moves After A Divorce

Divorce is one of those life events that may be one of the most difficult transitions any person has to make.  Some of the divorces end up amicably, while others end up with such irreconcilable differences that the two parties never speak again.   While lawyers usually end up in the middle of the finances when a couple gets divorced, here are five things I would recommend you consider reviewing after a divorce. 1. Check Your Credit Report–  When people are married, it isn’t always discussed on who is the owner of a particular credit card or loan obligation.  Reviewing all of your credit cards and loan obligations to make sure you are not joint on any of those items after the divorce, and ensuring your credit report is in good standing is an important step to take. 2. Review Your Beneficiary Designations–  Remember that items such as your 401(k), IRA’s, and insurance policies have a named beneficiary.  Despite what your ...

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